Windows 7 RTM on the Samsung NC10

Thursday, October 22, 2009 – 1:00 AM

Horray... Windows 7! Now Windows 7 has finally shipped I thought I’d update my series of posts on getting Windows 7 RTM (Release to Manufacture) up and running on the Samsung NC10.

So here we go… How to get Windows 7 running on the NC10…

After installing Windows 7 Enterprise and running Windows Update I installed the following drivers and applications. Several of these are newer versions that the ones I used in my Windows 7 RC post.

Update! Samsung have released some NC10 drivers for Windows 7. I’ve updated the list below to reflect the latest versions. 

Thanks to Jonas and Nick Rich for pointing out the newer drivers from Samsung and Synaptics. Post comments here if you have feedback or further tips on getting Windows 7 on the NC10.

Device drivers and applications

Easy Display Manager (from Samsung’s Windows 7 drivers) – Installs the hotkeys for sound volume and screen brightness.

Easy Battery Manager (from Samsung’s Windows 7 drivers) – This installs the “Samsung Optimized” power plan and sets it as the default.

MS Hotfix Common Win7 (from Samsung’s Windows 7 drivers) – Hotfixes for KB974204 and KB974719 and some other things. Windows Update may cover this for you automatically.

There are some other tools/applications for the NC10 on Samsung’s site but I’ve not installed these yet.

Synaptics Touchpad v14.0.6.0 Vista x86/64 – This version has a built in two finger scrolling feature so no need to install any additional scrolling tools.

Realtek HD sound drivers for Vista,Windows 7 R2.33 – Needed to get the microphone working

Play Camera – Camera application (optional).

Why am I using Windows 7 Enterprise? Firstly because I use this netbook at work and Microsoft’s IT group support this version (I need a version which will be able to join a domain). Secondly because I’ve not had any issues running the higher end versions of Windows 7 on the NC10. Obviously I could have opted for Home or even Starter if I wanted to for just home use.

Have fun and as usual post comments here. For previous posts there’s been lots of good feedback and people have got their issues worked out.

  1. 25 Responses to “Windows 7 RTM on the Samsung NC10”

  2. Thanks – very useful set of links. But why not the latest version of Synaptics Touchpad: I installed this and all seems well as far as I can tell.

    First impressions are that Home Premium does not suffer from the lag I found sometimes using RC.

    I’ve also got dual boot Windows 7 / XP for now, which works well, defaulting to 7 but offering an “older version of Windows” as well.

    By Nick Rich on Oct 22, 2009

  3. Nick,

    Thanks for the feedback. I’ll be updating this as soon as I get time. Hopefully in the next 24 hours. I wrote this a few weeks back and Samsung and Synaptics have both release new drivers in the meantime.


    By Ade Miller on Oct 22, 2009

  4. Thank you for this new and updated article!

    My HD already has 70GB of unallocated space (I installed Linux in dual boot some time ago) and Windows XP Home in the other main partition, can I use the Windows 7 Home Premium UPGRADE DVD to install it (booting from an external CD/DVD drive from its DVD) and create a dual boot with XP or is the Full Windows 7 DVD required?

    I’ll also be installing the new drivers from Samsung that I’m seeing right now…
    Great info Ade!!!!!

    By Stefano on Oct 23, 2009

  5. Hi,

    the newest Realtek driver is 2.35 and not 2.33.

    ANother question: Do you need Magic Keyboard? I cannot find a WIndows 7 version for this tool.


    By Tyler Durden on Oct 23, 2009

  6. I noticed that after installing the new official Display Manager (previously using, the screen no longer dims after a minute or so and the options to turn this feature on and off is gone from the Mobility Center. Have they hidden it somewhere else or removed altogether?

    PS: Thanks for these updates on suitable Win 7 drivers for the NC10. Your posts have been very useful when I installed it back in August.

    By Stefan Zeiger on Oct 24, 2009

  7. Correction: This seems to be a feature of the Easy Battery Manager (version vs, not the Easy Display Manager. The newer Battery Manager is only two-thirds the size of the old one. I suppose that accounts for the missing feature.

    By Stefan Zeiger on Oct 24, 2009

  8. Synaptics Touchpad: dosen’t seem to work with the built in two finger scrolling, but works fine with

    By kenneth on Oct 24, 2009

  9. On further investigation, I can’t get one finger vertical scrolling to work properly with Touchpad It sort of works a bit but is very jerky. Should I install an earlier version instead?

    Stefano: not sure, but I believe the upgrade version of Win7 is for upgrading from Vista only. Give it a try perhaps? I had similar setup to you. If you are using the Grub bootloader, you may need to get rid of this to achieve a 7/XP dual boot.

    By Nick Rich on Oct 25, 2009

  10. Does anyone else encounter a “display driver has stopped responding but has been recovered” issue? I’ve had this issue with the Win7 RTM release, never the RC. If I use the XP graphics drivers then the issue goes away. Just wondering if I’m the only one…

    By Will on Oct 26, 2009

  11. Great articles and helpful comments.
    Quick question: I still have XP on my Samsung NP-NC10-KA02US and when I ran the Win 7 upgrade advisor i was warned that Windows Aero will not be supported by my current graphics adapter. Is this still the case or will Aero now work fine with the above mentioned driver updates?
    Please can anyone let me know before i upgrade to Win 7 Home Premium? Thanks in advance

    By Martin on Oct 27, 2009

  12. Martin,

    Aero worked fine on my installation, but I switched it off after reading that Win7 runs faster on the NC10 without it. Can’t say I miss it.

    By Nick Rich on Oct 29, 2009

  13. Nick: Windows 7 Upgrade is also for XP users.
    I didn’t have Grub anymore (for this I had to format and reinstall XP because Samsung’s XP CD doesn’t allow the Recovery Console R letter so you can’t restore the Master Boot Record) and it went well, booting from the DVD.

    Booting from inside XP didn’t show up the unallocated space partition so I had to restart it booting from the Windows 7’s DVD.


    By Stefano on Oct 29, 2009

  14. I have found that Easy Display Manager will only run if it is started manually. Placing a shortcut in startup does not to work either.

    Anybody found this problem or know a work around?

    By jeepers01 on Oct 29, 2009

  15. There is a solution to Easy Display Manager not starting automatically when Win 7 is installed on the D: drive in dual boot with XP.
    When EDM is installed the installer points to C:\Program Files\Samsung\Easy Display Manager\dmhkcore.exe so the XP version is run at startup in Win7.
    I had tried startup shortcut, batch files and adding additional Install_dir registry keys pointing to the D: installation but without luck.

    The solution was to go to admin tools > computer management > task scheduler > task library.

    Find the Easy Display Manager task that is set to run whenever anyone logs in, double click it and on the Action tab, change the ‘c:\program files\samsung….etc’ line to point to the correct system drive letter, D:

    Credit for finding the solution goes to ‘cheese’ over on the forum
    Full thread

    Hope this helps someone else

    By jeepers01 on Oct 30, 2009

  16. Nick

    thanks for your reply.
    Did you use an European NC10 model to upgrade or a US version? I updated the Intel graphics driver, but the Windows 7 upgrade advisor still reports that my current graphics adapter will not support Aero.
    Are there any US NC 10 versions that have been successfully upgraded? I believe the graphics adapter are different between the EU and US version. Any comments and clarification is welcomed.

    By Martin on Nov 2, 2009

  17. I clean installed W7 Family Pack on my Samsung NC10 and Dell Raid 530s with no problems. File & settings transfer was a lengthy process. Drivers & software all updated to W7 from Samsung site on NC10. I found that the XP Play Camera worked with sound.

    Previously I had replaced memory with 2gb Crucial SODIMM 800mHz DDR PC6400 200 pin.

    Also changed HDD for 320gb WD Scorpio Blue SATA 8mb cache 2.5″. Used Acronis True Image to transfer 3 partitions. Put original 160gb into a Smart Drive caddy HD3-SU2/B for external backups etc.

    One thing I have noticed is that the Dell performs the W7 boot screen with the coloured flags but Samsung only does the green ribbon. I understand that this is due to screen size and W7 resorts to Vista boot screen.

    So far I don’t think I will go back to XP. W7 has lots more features especially in the help & support. Both PC’s show about 7gb more than there was on XP even with .old and restore points (have Acronis backup) cleared out.

    The Fn + F7 old Doctor facility now runs Samsung Support Centre. Network set up between the PC’s was fun.

    By xyzbird on Nov 4, 2009

  18. xyzbird,

    thanks for the report. In what country are you located? Did anyone use a NC10 United States version to upgrade from Win XP to Win 7? I have upgraded to 2 GB RAM and a 320 HDD, but have not seen anyone reporting on my graphics adapter question from Nov 2nd. Help appreciated, thanks.

    By Martin on Nov 11, 2009

  19. Martin

    I am UK. Sorry but I am not aware of any differences between EU & US versions. Isn’t Samsungs website with all the sofware, drivers & firmware suitable for all versions? The Aero works fine.

    My NC10 has been working excellently and almost keeping up with my Dell. The only problems I have had are with Acronis latest software and found it best to keep with previous versions.

    By xyzbird on Nov 14, 2009

  20. Does internal hsdpa modem work ‘out of the box’ after installing win7? Post did not mention anything about those drivers.

    By amoult on Nov 19, 2009

  21. amoult – You need to download and install the XP version of Samsung Connection Manager which works well but, in Vista compatibility mode and also Run as Administrator , else it locks up in the settings menus.
    It is reported to also run in XP SP3 compatibility mode.

    By jeepers01 on Nov 20, 2009

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    By Bafled on Jan 25, 2010

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