I am finally re-writing this article so here we go, how to install Windows Vista on HP Mini 1000 (1030NR) Netbook. This Netbook has a few limitations that we will have to overcome. First there is no optical drive and second, the hard drive is an SSD with only 16 Gb of space. I did find that the Mini has an integrated Intel graphics chipset that supports Windows Aero Glass. Also, the Intel Atom processor only supports 32bit versions of Windows. The Mini comes with Windows XP, but I figured that the Mini might support Windows Vista but it would take some doing , and so I went to work.
Now the Mini does not have a DVD-ROM drive so I bought an external one for it. I then booted up and formatted the hard drive with Vista Home Premium. You should be able to use a tool from Microsoft to create a bootable flash drive on another computer if you can not get an external DVD-ROM drive. The Mini has a 16Gb solid state drive in it and I knew that would be a problem later on. Vista installed without any problems, once the desktop was loaded I went to the Device Manager, and it had a few drivers missing.
Updating Vista on the HP Mini 1000
Because of the small solid state hard drive on this model (1030NR) you are going to want to prep this machine first and disable a few things. First, you will want to disable Hibernation on this machine. I have upgraded mine to 2 GB of Ram so disabling Hibernation will save me 2 GB of disk space. Next, it is a great idea to disable System Restore, again you will need the disk space. I also suggest setting the size of the Page File, normally I would never suggest this and just have Windows handle it but when space is an issue you want to make sure the system has enough memory to be usable. Finally, you will want to enable Disk Compression. This will compress everything on the hard disk and again save some space. Once you have prepped the Mini I have a few suggestions on updating it depending on how new the copy of Windows Vista is that you have installed. If you installed Windows Vista that does not already contain any service packs then you will want to download and install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 first. Once that is installed you will want to click on the Start Button then in the search box type CMD wait a second do not hit the enter key, the results of the search should pop up, right click on CMD and click on Run As Administrator. Once the Command Prompt is open type in VSP1CLN.EXE and hit enter. This will run the Vista Service Pack 1 Clean Up Tool. After this is done you can close
I got Service Pack 1 for Vista installed but there was no room for Service Pack 2. So I ran the service pack cleanup tool which removes the backed up files and then ran SP2 and ran the tool again after that. All the other updates installed fine for Vista, In the long run, I figured that System Restore was going to have to be disabled. I also set a limit to the Page File as well so it would not get out of hand.
I will say Vista actually runs well on this little Netbook, it is not as fast as my laptop but it works and it is light. That little Netbook runs Aero Glass just fine.
I am a computer technician and I like performance. I love using her Netbook, Vista runs fine on there. I don’t understand why the Netbooks with traditional hard drives in them don’t have Vista running on them by default. I can understand why XP is on the ones with small solid state hard drives because of the space restrictions. I would suggest to anyone that has the ability to do it to install Vista on their Netbook and try it for themselves. Also since Windows Vista runs on here, then Windows 7 will as well. I have since updated to Windows 7 which you can read here.