Installing OS on Toshiba® Satellite T100
Installation of operating system on Toshiba Satellite® T100 laptop
The new Toshiba Satellite® T100 Laptop computer comes pre-installed out of the factory with a Genuine Windows® 7 operating system, fully configured to take advantage of all its characteristics. However, there are some users that prefer to install a different operating system. Some users choose to revert to Windows® XP, while some others may want to install Linux® which is one of the most widely chosen alternate operating system since it is less prone to hacker, malware / spyware or virus attacks. Many systems require an optical media, CD or DVD to install. The Toshiba Satellite® T100 comes without a built in DVD slot. So, for any installation it will have to be from an alternate source, for example, an USB Stick or through a network interface.
The following points will provide a better understanding of installing a new operating system on Toshiba Satellite® T100 laptop:
- Prerequisite for installation
- Installing Windows® XP on Toshiba Satellite® T100 laptop
- Installing Linux® on Toshiba Satellite® T100 laptop computer
Prerequisite for installation
Before beginning the installation there are a couple of questions that must be answered. Do you want a complete operating system replacement of the originally installed Windows® 7 or install it alternatively, parallel to the current Windows® installation, and which operating system to choose? In case of not making a parallel installation, it is important to note that if the whole system will be replaced by a new operating system, a backup of all the user data should be made, since most likely, all the information will be deleted from the hard disk, and replaced by the new.
Installing Windows® XP on Toshiba Satellite® T100 laptop
Although it is technically possible to install Windows XP® on Toshiba Satellite® T100 a regular user might find problems finding the appropriate drivers for the different hardware devices present in this computer. The components most susceptible to be lacking a driver for Windows® XP will be the Mobile Intel® Graphics Card, the GigaBit Ethernet built in card, Realtek Wireless card and sound card. Alternate drivers for these components can be found on the proprietary hardware site.
There are many different “flavors’” of Linux® and each would require a full article to analyze; instead, we will focus on one of the easiest and most stable Linux® distribution for laptops is Ubuntu Linux®. The developers have spent a lot of time and effort making this operating system suitable for installation on almost every PC and laptop currently on the market. The processor is supported without problems. The screen is also detected without a glitch. The USB port, Card Reader, webcam and both the Ethernet and wireless network are also supported in the latest Ubuntu distribution's version without problems. There is only an issue with the sound driver, which works fine without headphones and external mic support.