Dell Mini 1012 – Windows 8 64 bit
This will be a very short post….
I am using Windows 8 on my main workstation as well as my other notebook. I have been wondering if Windows 8 can be installed on the Dell Mini 1012 and if possible, what kind of performance should I be expecting given that the netbook is a pretty low end machine afterall. The Atom N450 is a 64 bit capable CPU and I am also pretty confident that a 64 bit Windows 8 can be made to run comfortably. Many posts on the forums said windows 8 on a netbook is a nightmare…but I have to try myself to believe that…and I am glad I did.
I have a 64 bit Windows 8 ISO which I downloaded from Microsoft’s server a while ago when I first upgraded my workstation and notebook to Windows 8. I used the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool from Microsoft to make a bootable USB stick from the Windows 8 ISO. From there onwards, installation is a breeze. Just follow the instructions.
The good thing about Windows 8 on the Dell mini 1012 is that all the drivers are properly installed during the process. There is one driver that is missing…I have not tracked down what is missing but the netbook seem fully functional nevertheless. Here are some screenshots.
So the conclusion is that Yes! Windows 64 bit does install okay on the netbook. Having 2GB of ram does not deter the installation and the netbook does not feel slow in anyway. In fact, it feels a bit more snappy compared to the default Windows 7 Starter.
I hope this post is helpful to all Mini 1012 users out there who are contemplating on installing Windows 8 on this little machine 🙂