We didn't have a problem running any of the Windows 7 editions on netbooks, including Ultimate.

And while some manufacturers may shave pricetags by only giving you Windows 7 Start edition, we expect most netbooks to come with Windows 7 Home Premium.

We ran some real-world benchmarks on an Asus Eee PC S101 to see how Windows 7 matched up to Windows XP on low-end hardware. As you will see, Windows 7 is actually quicker in most cases.

Here are the results:

netbook boot time

netbook shutdown time

netbook hibernation

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