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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
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5 out of 5 eggs One of the best MS ever made! 01/24/2015

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Pros: Windows 7 has to be one of the best operating systems Microsoft has ever made. In previous generations, it was Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP.

This operating system is supported until 2020, and will use all of your RAM. Driver support is also top-notch, and new motherboards are still supporting it.

Aero, the glassy user interface design, still rocks after all these years. I truly hope that Microsoft bundles it with Windows 10, when it is released later this year. In the tech preview forums, this is one of the most requested features, with over 44,000 votes!!

If you do not need remote desktop and a few other advanced features, Windows 7 Home Premium will work fine for you. Keep this in mind if you want to save some cash!

It runs great on Solid State Drives as well, though you will want to custom configure such an installation. (For example, making sure System Restore does not use up too much space if you keep it running, making sure Defragmentation is disabled for the SSD, etc.)

Cons: Only five more years of support, many modern pre-built machines do NOT have Windows 7 drivers, especially laptops. Check the manufacturer's website if you are UPGRADING from Windows 8 to 7. Yes, UPGRADING. :)

NOTE: Since Service Pack 1, Microsoft has released almost 200 updates. Be aware that you will spend a great deal of time running said updates, especially if you are installing this on a slow hard drive! (5400rpm.)

Microsoft is REFUSING to release a Service Pack 2. Something tells me this might be to spite people who are sticking with Windows 7...!

Other Thoughts: Unless Windows 10 is a compelling "free" upgrade for me, I am going to be using this on my main production machine until it is no longer practical to do so.

Also, don't worry if the DVD is damaged in any way -- Which is unlikely -- but if it happens, since this is final return item:

All you need is the product key. You can *LEGALLY* obtain all of the various Windows 7 disc images as electronic downloads. In this instance, you would need Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1. The download is under 4GB and can be burned to a DVD-R disc, OR flashed to a cheap USB flash drive for Quick Install. (Look for Windows 7 Legal ISO download links. They are legal, because the product cannot be used without the key!).

Make sure you do not lose the product key, and you stick it onto the case of your computer! If you are installing this on a laptop, you might want to consider placing it under the battery if it can fit, so it doesn't rub off.

************DO NOT OPEN THE PRODUCT SLEEVE IF YOU INTEND TO KEEP THIS PRODUCT FOR SALE TO SOMEONE ELSE LATER. The product key will be exposed, and no-one will believe you if you say you did not use it!! Obviously if you are a system builder and attach the key to each machine regardless, this is not an issue. If however you plan to sell this as-new, unopened on an auction site or something --- Keep this in mind!

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Foxconn D180S Intel Dual Core Celeron J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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5 out of 5 eggs Good -- UEFI UPDATE REQUIRED! 11/26/2014

This review is from: Foxconn D180S Intel Dual Core Celeron J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: Excellent board for the price.

Cons: You will need to update to the latest UEFI for proper functionality. Not really a huge con, but one needs to be aware of it.

Other Thoughts: Okay, this is an update to my previous review ---

I was able to get Windows 7 and audio over HDMI working correctly, but it took some tinkering. (The install is NOT in UEFI mode.)

I updated to the latest UEFI from the web-site, from within my Windows 7 install. However, doing so causes Windows to not bootup properly. Once I did a re-install, all was fine. The flasher is a command-line application, so it's pretty straight forward. Also included in the download -- a PDF document that walks you through everything. :)

Once you update the UEFI, you have to load the board defaults. Then re-configure the compatibility support module, then re-install Windows.

My HDTV was detecting the HDMI video output as DVI, until I updated the firmware of the board.

Be sure to use the correct firmware! There is 32-bit and 64-bit. My board came with 64-bit by default, which was what I updated it to, but also because I am running 64-bit Windows.

For whatever reason, Windows 7 performs a lot better after the update. This is with a slow, 5400RPM laptop drive too. (I have a single stick of 4GB GSkill Laptop RAM.)

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Foxconn D180S Intel Dual Core Celeron J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice board, but very quirky! 11/23/2014

This review is from: Foxconn D180S Intel Dual Core Celeron J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: Inexpensive, low-power consumption. Enough processing power for the intended use -- Web browsing, office, basic media playback.

Cons: Buggy firmware?, strange behaviour with Windows 7.

Other Thoughts: I got this half-off. I won't list the price since NewEgg probably won't allow that. :) -- It was a deal I could not refuse, as it's MUCH better than one of the comparably priced VIA x86-64 CPU embedded solutions that were on here as well.

Let me start off by saying that I knew I was going to be installing Windows 7 on this unit from day one. In order to do so, however, I had to go through some "Hoops."

You need to go into the UEFI and look for the CSM, compatibility support module. You then need to set it on, and allow Legacy booting on any device you need to install Windows from. Therefore you need to select a USB device if you are booting from a flash drive, as well as your optical drive if you have one installed. As well as your hard drive or SSD.

You then also need to make sure that Windows 7 is selected as the legacy boot OS. Choosing Windows 8 for a 7 install will likely result in a BSOD.

From there, DO NOT enable USB-3. -- My particular board will not allow Windows to detect the USB keyboard and mouse on the USB-2 ports (any of the four) if the USB-3 port is enabled.

From there, make sure USB-2 is enabled. If you disable BOTH usb ports, you will lock yourself out of the UEFI! (You must rest the CMOS if you do so, presumably if you had a PS/2 keyboard you could revert it without a reset however.)

Once you boot the Windows 7 install disc, leave it sit for a few minutes to detect your keyboard and mouse. Once it detects the two, the install should run smoothly.

No major problems with running the install on a 5400RPM laptop hard disk. Obviously that's not a good performance drive, but it will work until I can spare the cash for a small SSD!

Performance is good for what it is. -- I would submit it's probably around the speed of an old Pentium E2160 chip from 2006/2007. Probably a bit more. -- Not super powerful, but you can still do a lot with it. The integrated graphics are Intel HD, however the generation (4000, 4400, etc.) is not clear. -- I haven't tested any games yet.

This machine would be better for older games, or console emulation. Which is why I obtained it.


Note -- I did not update the BIOS. I also don't have the revision the board has in front of me. So perhaps the update would fix these issues!

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Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 05/24/12

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  • Last Review: 01/24/15
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