How To Install Windows 7 On Acer Aspire One Netbook

The much awaited Windows 7 RC has come out with added features such as the Windows XP Mode (XPM). Though Windows 7 Beta was very stable for primary use, many users hesitated to install it. But with Windows 7 RC, you can now install Windows 7 on your primary machines including Netbooks.

Installing Windows 7 on a Netbook isn’t as easy as installing on Laptops or desktops that come with in-built DVD drive. Since we can’t use DVD media to install on Netbook, we need to use an USB (Pen drive or Flash drive) to make it happen. IntoWindows has already covered how to install Windows 7 from USB/Pen drive in the past.

This guide is exclusively for Acer Aspire One Netbook users, who like to install the brand new Windows 7 on their Acer Aspire One.


1. Windows 7 DVD or ISO

2. A USB Drive with 2.5+ GB (4GB)

3. Windows Vista or windows 7 running machine to create bootable USB stick.

4. Lastly, your Acer Aspire One with 100% charged battery or connected to power supply.

Procedure: Installing Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One (Netbook)

1. We need to create a bootable USB stick of Windows 7 first. To make it happen insert your USB stick and then copy or move all your contents (if any) to a drive.

2. Next, open Command Prompt with admin rights. You can use either of the given methods below to open Command Prompt with admin rights (also known as elevated command prompt).

*Type cmd in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter.


*Go to Start menu > All programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

3. You need to know about the USB drive a little bit. Type in the following commands in the command prompt:

First type DISKPART and hit enter to see the below message.

Bootable USB Drive

Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number (ex: Disk 1) of your USB flash drive. In the below screenshot my Flash Drive Disk no is Disk 1.

4. Next type all the below commands one by one. Here I assume that your disk drive no is “Disk 1”.If you have Disk 2 as your USB flash drive then use Disk 2.Refer the above step to confirm it.

So below are the commands you need to type and execute one by one:







(Format process may take few seconds)



Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

Bootable USB Drive

5. Next insert your Windows7 DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive (Double-click computer icon to know). In this guide I will assume that your DVD drive letter is “D” and USB drive letter is “H” (open my computer to know about it).

In case, if you don’t have Windows 7 DVD and have just ISO, you need to use a free software named Virtual Clone Drive. Download Virtual Clone Drive, then use the Virtual Drive letter as you DVD drive letter after mounting the Windows 7 DVD image. You can also your WinRAR software to extract the Windows 7 ISO file to desktop.

6. Maximize the minimized Command Prompt in the 4th step.Type  the following command now:

D:CD BOOT and hit enter.Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.

CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.

7. Type another command given below to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.



Where “H” is your USB drive letter. Once you enter the above command you will see the below message.

8. Copy all the  Windows 7 DVD contents to the USB flash drive.

9. So, now you have bootable Windows 7 USB drive. Reboot your Acer Aspire One Netbook and then, press F12 key to enter the BIOS. Select USB drive as bootable drive and hit enter.

10. Your Windows 7 installation procedure should begin now.

11. Installing Windows 7 is very easy, very similar to installing Vista. Just follow the onscreen procedure to finish the installation process.



  1. 52brandon says

    For those of you bashing the ZGF, I 100% agreed until yesterday when I was given an OCZ SSD. I threw that in and installed Win7, it’s running legitimately 10x faster than it was with a spinning drive on WinXP. I’ll be throwing a 1GB stick of RAM in it, at $5, there’s no reason not to. Then I’ll be adding an a/b/g/n WiFi adapter for the grand sum of $4.20. Honestly I’m happy with it with just the SSD. The difference is INCREDIBLE. Once I up the RAM and add the better WiFi card, it should be pretty nice. In all honesty, I’d say it’s comparable to my Samsung with i3, 8GB Crucial, and 7200 spinning disc. The SSD sure makes a SERIOUS difference. My advice, if you’re unhappy with the performance of your ZG5, I highly suggest dropping the roughly $50 on an SSD. I will be using this a LOT more. Especially after I add theRAM and WiFi card. I’ve also seen articles about putting a touchscreen screen into the ZG5. If I figure out how to do it and where to get one though, I do intend on giving it a shot. Would be a great little touchscreen Netbook at that point. My only wish was that I could swap out the board on the right with the USBs to have USB 3.0

  2. Rob says

    thanks for the info got a Acer Inspire One up and running as the backup was corrupted and the owner could not remember the Password
    Good Info
    Thanks Again

  3. Martin Huffman says

    If the Aspire one has dual USB ports, you can also load it using an external CD drive, which makes it much more simple to do.

  4. zULU says

    I found my Acer Aspire ZG5 in the dumpster when I took out my trash. I have Win7 installed now and have played with it a bit. I know now why this POS was in the dumpster. What a piece of crap. Why would anyone buy this thing?

  5. zULU says

    Wow! It took like an hour and a half to format my flashdrive. WTF? Other than that annoying issue this worked fine for me. Thank you!

  6. Angela Fitzgerald says

    I was given an Acer Aspire One, it has Windows 7 on it. I will admit that I’ve never used this system before, only XP. It says it has intel Atom inside, energy star,ultra thin,10.1 LED,WIFI certified,Processor450(1.66GHz,512KB Cache). It has 1GBMemory and 160TH HDD of storage.
    I got it and it seems to have all types of problems. It freezes immediately. As soon as I turn it on it freezes. I can’t access the internet. The previous owner said she restored the system before giving it to me. It shows over 1,000 things wrong and in need of updating. It also asks for a verifacation key or some type of key code I think you would have received sheen you purchased or signed up. It needs virus protection but I can’t get it to let me on the internet because it freezes and stays that way.
    I wanted to do a factory reset but I don’t have a computer or a Windows 7 disk. I know this netbook has been reset numerous times.I would love to fix it and update the system. I actually paid for Backup and I can’t do anything with it until I can get it fixed.
    I Guess it’s time for me to ask what can I do to fix all the problems? Is there anyway I can do a factory reset without the Windows disk or without using a flash drive? I think that there might be too many prob

  7. Berenise says

    Hi please can you tell me how can i download windows7 on my acer aspire one netbook. I have ubuntu and want to replace it with windows7.

  8. jbarrie4 says

    Thanks for this info – it helped a lot, particularly with how to make a usb drive bootable: I didn’t know that before. Cheers!

  9. raymond asamoah manu says

    i jx bought aspire one acer,it was once windows xp,i then tried windows 7,but it running slow,also when i want to watch a video it keeps breaking unless i minimax it…pls could u help me

  10. biswarup says

    How to install operating system by PenDrive?

    Using bootable USB pan drive to install an operating system
    plz help me?

  11. TARZAN says

    pls i copied win 7 on a flash drive trying to install it on acer aspire one but when i boot from the drive it keep on telling missing operating system. What should i do to make the installation successful

  12. Naziirull says

    Best guide ever, I’d resolved a corruption flash-drive using this formatting guides and recovered perfectly.

  13. Robin says

    Thanks a lot for this. Been stuck with Spanish OS for over a year now after purchasing the computer abroad and being lazy. Finally I can get the most out of my netbook.

  14. Nisal says

    your support is excellent for Acer Aspire One A150/A110 users to upgrade to Win 7. I also had a problem with upgradeing. I couldn’t find Windows 7 St driver for LAN Connection. I’m looking for Win 7 32bit driver for Realtek RTL8102E LAN Card. For most of the driver problems I update with Acer Aspire One D150 32bit drivers. My Acer AO A150 working smoothly with Win 7 Stater
    I hope you will help me on my issue.

  15. Adrian says

    Thank you so much for this, been trying to get 7 on the acer for quite some time now. I tried lots of different programs, I like how everything was done from the command prompt. Thanks again!

  16. Robbin says

    Ok, I installed it all successfully. Just one problem. I don’t get the graphics driver installed properly. No matter what driver I install (from the intel site or acer site), whether it’s xp, vista or windows 7 driver I keep getting VgaSave 800×600 on a standard display. Can’t change the display either. Searched a few days on Google but can’t find anyone with the exact same problem. Got an AOA110. Can anyone help me out? Muchos gracias in advance!

  17. sheng says

    please help me, i would like to install the full version of windows office 2010. i have uninstalled the windows starter office 2010 which included word and excel. but the installation always failed and there’s a notification that there’s an error in the system. please help me. i am using a brand new acer aspire notebook d255e. i was able to install windows 2007 enterprise full edition and i would like to upgrade to windows 2010.

  18. The Kid says

    Thanks for your great guide. I had huge problems with the installation of windows xp on my aspire one 110 so I switched to win7. Worked great thanks to you and your guide. Keep it up, man.

  19. aaron says

    Where can I find a Touchpad Driver for my Acer Aspire One, running Windows 7. The Acer website no longer carries the supported driver.

  20. Benjistik Studio says


    Amazing, i try “Jolicloud” OS and there are some freeze problem, so i install windows 7 starter with your tutorial, works well, but some slow. I read again the tutorial, install “Flashfire” and…Oh my God, its work like a charm !!

    Thanks a lot !

    NB : U could also by a SD card (8gb or 16gb) and add it, then install your programs on it to keep some memory

    Acer Aspire One ZG5
    8Gb SSD

  21. Will says

    Hi, i dont really know what im doing here, this is the first thing of this kind i have tried.
    Firstly, because I was using xp i had to use mbr wizard to make the drive bootable. when i was trying to make the usb drive ‘active’, it would be confirmed but when i checked again using mbrwiz/list it would still say it wasnt active. any ideas?
    my aspire one is running on linpus linux atm, when i select to boot from the usb stick, it appears to boot normally and no sign of it wanting to install. i can access the data on the usb stick but the ‘setup’ icon is an executable file. have i just got the wrong iso? what is going wrong?
    thanks in advance for your help, will

  22. admin says

    @ Jermaine

    Yes, you need to extract the ISO contents first before copying them ISO contents to the flash drive.

  23. jermaine says

    di i have to exract the iso file wit winrar? r i can just copy the iso file straight to the flash drive

  24. anexX says

    Why so complicated ? ^^

    There is a new tool from Microsoft that does all this automatically for you, you just need an usb-stick and the iso image or dvd.

    The tool is named Windows 7 USB Download Tool.

    It does anything alone, you just need to point to the win7 iso.file and it starts creating your image to USB.

    Enjoy !

  25. mgouse says

    the best thing is copy the whole content of the installation disk to a usb and then copy it to the netbook. Just double click on the setup file….it worked well for me……….In case if you need to do a partition on your harddisk drives you need to follow above steps else just do it in this manner………..

  26. LINDA says

    trying to find and instalk, my web camera, click on it and says can’t find camera\\

    also says CoreFoundagtion.dll is not found

    also AppleSync\notifier.exesystemError

    Can anyone help me.

  27. Gadzukes says

    I will gladly sell anyone a 4GB flash drive with windows 7 already loaded on it. let me know if interested.

  28. JD says

    hey if i do this on my aspire one will it wipe out my harddrive and will i have to download all my programs again and will i have to find all the drivers for my wireless card,sound card ect ect

  29. ZeonMatrix says

    Hey all!!

    Thought I would add my two cents…ok here’s the deal…

    I have tried EVERYTHING to boot my Acer Aspire One Netbook KAV10 from USB. I was booting from Windows xp so the “diskpart” method would not work. I even did some methods using MBRWizard and still my Acer would not detect my USB upon reboot…I eventually screwed up my USB and had to restore it through a ubuntu Terminal!

    SO here is my solution that WORKED….this is for all those who were in my position trying to figure this out for days.

    1. First I Downloaded my Windows .ISO and found a ISO program called UltraISO.
    2. Attach your USB to your computer
    3. Load your ISO image into UltraISO via the “File–>Open–>Your Windows ISO”
    4. Click on the “Bootable” drop down menu and select “Write Image File..”
    5. Make sure its writing to the drive which your USB is connected to
    6. Click Write..
    This will essentially “burn” the ISO to your USB stick the same way it would to a CD…
    7. When it is done go to “MY Computer” and Click it and hit the “Setup” button…and tada! Let it go through its normal setup process.

    This by-passes all the programing crap, and does it all for you in one program!

    Hope this helps…let me know if it works for you.

  30. Roger says

    When I type “list disk”, it only lists the hard drive. It shows the usb under “list volume”, but when I try to “clean” it, it tells me to select a disk. Any ideas?

  31. mohidin ashik says

    Thanks Dear.. It really worked! NOt only in aspire netbook… it works on all laptops,,, thanks … i love u dude!

  32. Janne says

    Just wanted to try helping anyone stuck on XP with the LIST DISK command. You should be able to use the LIST VOLUME command instead to see your USB flash drive.
    I’m going to try it out right now, I’ll post the results.
    Anyway, thanks for the GREAT guide!

  33. Klaus says

    What else should I say…
    This step by step instruction is great!
    Thanks a lot!

  34. Roger says

    Worked like a charm! on 512Mb 120Gb with Windows 7 Starter edition now. Just as quick as the Linpus O/S, very pleased thanks for putting it all together.

  35. Richard E says

    Tried theses steps twice, unsuccessfully. got bootmgr missing error each time i tried to use the bootable USB. Success Came when I read the comments by a user concerning Ultra Iso. This method worked the very first time, is far easier, and much quicker. Many Thanks to both the author(s) of this article and user comments!

  36. Bobberbob says


    I followed the tutorial and installed Win7 on my Aspire A110 from a bootable usb stick.
    The tutaorial works fine, thanx for that!
    Wifi works out of thje box, so does the webcam
    However, Win7 does not recognize my usb ports. Any iedea how to solve that?
    And ist is soooooo slooooow!! Any suggestions about that? Already switched off d2d in the setup


  37. leo says

    Hey I was wondering For the guy that installed windows 7 on their acer did you have any problems with the drivers. I want to do it, but don’t know if I will have problems with it along the process.

  38. Dick says

    Got the same problem as Rick. It didn’t install a graphics media acelerator 500 from intel. Searched the intel site and don’t find a driver tor win 7. Anybody got a suggestion–Thsnkd Dick

  39. Rick kremer says

    Thank you so much for putting the step by step process. I’ve only come across one big problem. It didn’t load my video driver. I have the Acer aspire one. 250 gb. 2 gb ram 11″ screen.

    Please can anyone help me find the driver for this netbook?


    kremer.rick (at)

  40. BN says

    Thanks for this very useful guide. I followed the instructions and am currently using windows 7 rc on my aspire one. With only 16 GB flash drive on my aspire I had to make room for 7 rc by removing most applications but I am glad that I did because I find 7 rc much more responsive and useable than XP on the resource limited aspire one. It is much better now at multi tasking and so far all is fine. I am very happy I installed it.

  41. Bobberbob says


    I am not such a computerexpert (and a bit lazy), so I was wondering where I can obtain a ready-made usb stick with WIndows 7 to install on my Aspire One A110. Does anyone know? Of course it will have a price, but I would prefer that instead of going through all the work.

  42. KayGee says

    This has been a very useful site so I though I would post my experiences:
    I recently bought an Acer Aspire One A150 (1GB RAM, 120GB hard disk, Linpus Linux) – for you UK’ers Expansys are doing a good deal on these at the moment (£150 as of 7/7/2009).
    As it happened I played with the Linux desktop that came with it and was actually quite impressed. As part of this playing around I performed a Live Update.
    I wanted to install Windows 7 RC so after downloading the 32 bit version, I came to this very useful site to create the bootable USB disk (in my case I used a fast 4GB CompactFlash card in a USB card reader). This worked fine and, after booting from it on the Aspire One, I sucessfully installed Windows 7 (it even automatically detected the built in WiFi chipset).

    Because this was so successful, I bought another Aspire One A150 from Expansys and proceeded to try to install Windows 7 from the same CompactFlash card. This failed with a boot error from the Windows Boot Manager. This had me stumped for a while until I realised I hadn’t done a Live Update within the Aspire One’s Linux desktop. After letting the Live Update complete and rebooting to the CompactFlash card, Windows 7 installed successfully.

    In summary: do a Live Update in the Aspire One’s Linux environment first before trying the Windows 7 install (I am not sure why the Live Update causes a boot from the CompactFlash card in a card reader to work though)

  43. admin says

    I think there is some problem. May users are already installed it without a single problem. You may need to retry.

  44. Jason says

    I followed this to the letter and got into the installer. Once I clicked on Setup it went away for a while then came up with a “CD/DVD drive device driver required” message and I couldn’t get any further. This was on a A150 with 160 GB HD and 1GB Ram.

  45. Phil says

    Which Version of the Aspire One did that work on? I own the A110 with 8GB SSD, and would love to get Win7 on there 🙂

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