(Tested) HP Mini 210-2100 Netbook Review

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2 – HP Mini 210-2100: Window 7 Starter and Rescue Disk

HP ships the Mini 210 with Windows 7 Starter edition. The starter edition is the cheapest version of Win7 and has several limitations. One the limitation is the number of physical cores: Win7 Starter is limited to two physical cores. Cool, the N550 is a dual-core CPU…

Win7 Starter is pre-installed on the HDD. A recovery utility is included that allows to create either a bootable CD or a bootable USB key. Then in case of problems, you can reinstall Win7 thanks to the CD or the USB key. The support of bootable USB key is, from my point of view, fundamental on this kind of hardware because the HP Mini 210 does not have a CD/DVD reader. I tested the bootable USB key: I installed a Linux Ubuntu as you will see later in this article ;)

Remark 1: you need a 32GB USB key to create the bootable USB key. Actually, HP recovery utility needs 18GB for the files.

Remark 2: you can only create one rescue USB key. Once one key has been created, the recovery tool no longer wants to create another rescue disk. So be sure to get a high quality USB key for the only chance you have to make the rescue disk!

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