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  • 2.0 stars

    "Could have been a 5, Win -7- is NOT supported"

    June 6, 2010  |   By rdunn

    Pros

    Boots relatively quick, shuts down relatively quick and provides most of the daily applications for 'net use.

    Cons

    It's temperamental... can take some 'tweaking' to get working right.
    Direct from Xandros support: NOT supported on Windows 7 ...(yet... which means 'someday' like most of these small Opsys, takes a long time between updates).

    Summary

    I'm a pc tech and worked with this 'fast boot' limited OpSys... it's a 'customized' limited version of linux, made to boot fast, shutdown fast... but not a fully 'fleshed out' OpSys. I was able to tweak it to work fairly well, liked it... but I had to go to the prestomypc.com forums to do so...and more help came from other users, and messages in the 'beta' section (which is closed), than from Xandros.

    Some settings were still 'temperamental', which would be forgotten between boots. You should try it, if you're technically proficient ;)... but only on XP or Vista, 'cause it will not install/boot properly with Windows 7, even with all kinds of tweaking for Vista compatibility, etc., etc. It installs ok... then it fails to boot up with any kind of usable screen. I believe support said they'd work up a version compatible for Win 7, but this product and forums will appear dead in the meantime (spam running rampant)... so don't hold your breath.... likely take months, if ever.

    "Wubi" is a similar windows-based installer for Ubuntu... it is -not- a 'fast boot' linux, but it works. Don't be fooled however, linux requires more technical proficiency than Windows, to get set up fully. If Presto was better 'out of the box' with a carefree compatible installation, they could have made a much bigger splash.
    The other 'fast-booters' are limited to Intel chips or only available with purchased systems.

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