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Old 02-26-2010, 09:00 PM
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Default Netbooks Need Optimization Love

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://arstechnica.com/business/it-town-hall/2010/02/optimizing-windows-7-for-battery-performance-on-the-netbook.ars/' target='_blank'>http://arstechnica.com/business/it-...he-netbook.ars/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"With cheap licenses available in family packs and academic discounts, and XP installs increasingly decrepit, ugly, and vulnerable to malware, lots of Windows 7 upgrades are going to happen. However, a quick install from a USB DVD-ROM or thumb drive won't let users get the most out of a netbook. As with the Hindu Saptapadi wedding vows, there are seven steps to optimizing your netbook for maximum Windows 7 performance."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1267196800.usr20447.jpg" style="border: 0px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Most of us will probably be well aware of these tweaks.&nbsp; While Ars suggests the use of Chrome, for me, consistency makes the choice Firefox for me.&nbsp; But, to make full use of limited screen space, I tap into the whole customize toolbar thing such that I only use two rows, the same as Chrome; one for the menu and navigation and another for tabs.&nbsp; Compacting things any further makes things a little too squishy.&nbsp; I really am surprised they do not mention dimming the screen though, as that does tend to be one of the biggest power suckers of them all.&nbsp; The only other major tweak I would do is a regular defrag with the optimization of files to speed things along.&nbsp; Of course, everyone is bound to have their own <a href="http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97057/getting-the-most-out-of-your-netbook.html" target="_blank">suggestions</a> on how to improve the netbook experience but so far, the most common thing I see is people recommending Chrome.</p>
 
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