Windows 7 Beta Runs Well on Samsung NC10

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windows7 taskbarToday Microsoft opened up Windows 7 to the masses -- 2.5 Million downloads of the new OS are available (though they have had some trouble keeping up with the demand). We already had a chance to try out the pre-beta release on a notebook and a netbook. The beta release offers some new gems to explore, including the new taskbar.

We loaded Windows 7 on the Samsung NC10 and so far it's running extremely well. There's no discernible lag when running three or four programs at once, we haven't suffered any crashes, and there's a distinct lack of annoying pop-ups.

With the pre-beta version starting up varied a lot -- sometimes it would take only a couple of minutes, sometimes it would take close to four. That's been smoothed out for the beta and start-up times are very quick -- 48 seconds for initial boot, less than 30 reviving from hibernation, and around 10 coming back from sleep mode. (We'll have video evidence and more precise times soon.) A Microsoft rep told us today that devices bearing the Certified Windows 7 logo must wake from sleep in two seconds or less.

As others have mentioned, Windows 7 doesn't look much different from Vista. One new thing we like is the taskbar, which is oddly familiar in its functionality… Forgoing a Quick Launch area, users can pin an icon to the taskbar to keep it in easy reach. When you launch the program, you won't get a separate icon/bar. The icon remains the same (with a subtle visual cue that there's n active program) and stays in place on the taskbar. You can pin all of your frequently used icons there and not worry about them crowding each other out or moving around. Icons stay where you put them whether the program is open or closed.

One thing that Vista users are used to but might annoy XP users is the window preview function. Hover over an icon and the window or windows associated with it will appear as thumbnails. You'll have to hover and click to switch, and if you're dealing with a program with multiple windows this can get old fast. But there are bound to be multiple ways of switching windows that we haven't found and explored yet.

We're looking forward to testing Windows 7 beta on other notebooks and netbooks so we can try some of the other great features like multi-touch.

Check out our screen capture video below to see all of this in action. Then check back with Microsoft -- the beta should be ready to download now.


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  • Eduardo Says:

    I install Win7 Ultimate on NC-10, but with the "speed control" software the machine runs bad and had lags.

  • Callum Says:

    Win7 Update advisor says NC10 hasn't got a good enough graphics card, is anyone else having probs? It also says the bluetooth program isn't compatable. Can this be fixed with compatibility mode?


  • carl Says:

    Want the Samsung connection manager to find the 3G modem?

    You need to run the Connection Manager in compatibility mode. Right click on the icon and under the compatibility tab select to run as Vista Service Pack 1.

    I read this in another forum and it works!

  • LucaT Says:

    Hi, just like M.G. I've the nc10 Vodafone version, with embedded 3G+ modem.
    Installing Samsung Connection Manager from the cd, doesn't make it working: the software says that isn't able to find the device.

  • M.G. Says:

    I can't use 3G modem that is built in my NC10. Drivers looks fine, modem diagnostics looks fine but when I try to set up dial up connection it says error 615. Samsung Connection Manager can't find modem either.
    Any solutions?
    I am using Windows 7 RC.

  • Ade Says:

    I now have the Windows 7 RC up and running on my NC10. You can read more about where to get the right drivers etc here:


  • x51 Says:

    Windows 7 works great on my nc10. It's not a vanilla install either. I have all sorts of applications installed. Office 2007, Roxio, Quake 3, Firefox, Chrome.. etc...

    The only issue I have is with the sound card. When I plug in headphones, the sound will work through the headphones properly, however when I unplug them, I do not get sound throug the speakers again until I reboot.

  • Jez - Samsung NC10 Community Says:

    Been playing around with Windows 7 too. It doesn't seem like a massive step forward but when you start adding up all the little improvements it starts to look attractive. Plenty of discussion going on with respect to running it on an NC10 over on the unofficial NC10 community site.

  • Matteo Says:

    Thx to all, LAN problem solved installing these:

    I'll giev a deep look to Your post ;)

  • Younes Says:

    Installed Windows 7 on the NC10. I am having trouble with the Microphone. It is not picking up any sound and I can't see it in teh audio Mixer. Have you installed teh EDS Driver from the Samsung website? Any help appreciated.

  • Ade Says:

    I got the beta up and running on my NC10 yesterday. There's details of how to get drivers for the LAN ethernet controller and some other devices that the Windows 7 beta doesn't configure quite right out of the box.

    So far it's been working out great. All the nice features of Vista without the overhead. I'm pretty much expecting to ditch XP for Windows 7 on my netbook from now on.


  • Xgend Says:

    You can try and run the Troubleshooter for your device. It will automatically look for a compatible driver using Windows Update. I did this on my Wind due to the WLAN not being installed. Worked like a charm in under 2 minutes.

  • ikkefc3 Says:

    It does run well with three or four programs, but I think three or four programs run well on almost every device. How does it work with for example 50 programs or did Intel finally support something new so games run a bit faster?

  • Matteo Says:

    I'm trying to use the same beta on my NC10, it works apparently all perfectly apart the LAN adapter which is not recognised.

    I tried with the drivers of XP on Samsung site but they are not recognised. How did You make it work?


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