Windows 7 running on a MSI Wind U120 Update

w7-msiI have been running Windows 7 RC 7100 on my MSI Wind U120 for a few weeks now.  When I started I was dual booting W7 and XP but, now I am exclusively on W7 and removed the XP partition.

The only issue I have run into are with programs that are not optimized for Windows 7 ( Such as Skype ) but, the latest batch of Win Updates have cleared that up and I expect that to continue over the next few months.

See the screenshot gallery and details after the jump…


Intel Atom CPU N270 @ 1.6GHZ and 1GB of ram

Runs fast and stable. Much quicker then XP in general OS use.

Here is a list of programs I use regularly: WMP 12, Word 2007, Excel 2007, Fireworks CS4, IE8, Chrome 2, Filezilla, and Skype

I did disable some of the visual effects to conserve batter life.  (Check the screenshot gallery)

Battery life:

It is a little bit less but almost negligible.  With my 3-Cell batter I average 2.5-3.5 hours of use and double that with my 6-Cell.

Bottom line:

I am very happy with Windows 7 on this machine and will not go back to XP.  If you have a net book… I would recommend switching to Windows 7. I have been running smoothly on 1GB of ram for a few weeks and I do not really see a benefit in sticking with XP.

6 comments to Windows 7 running on a MSI Wind U120 Update

  • Hi, good post. I have been woondering about this issue,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back to your site.

  • Paul

    I just started using windows 7 on my u120. I was wondering are you having any trouble trying to enable the bluetooth? if you can help me out with this let me know


  • Francisco Salazar

    Just finished doing the same, installing Win 7 on a U120. Everything seems to work great, too, except that for some reason I can´t OC it….. Will keep trying. Got to your page from the forums on And really glad I did. Took the liberty to take a peek at your site, and all I can say is CONGRATS! For giving hope to people. Wish my cousing would have known about your experience…. Again, congratulations.

  • martha colvin

    how do you get the manufactory installed programs back on the wind? web cam` etc

  • torwald

    Amazing!!! I installed W7 Ultimate with fear of total failure, but it’s really amazing, that my MSI is running much more smoothly than with XP.

    This knowledge is still actual at Dec 2012. Maybe even more important because of the ending of the support of WinXP (2014).

  • SOK

    I bought a U120 with 7 Ultimate preinstalled, and I can’t figure out how to put XP back on it. Any advice?

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