I will base th rest of the setup on the AR1600 which I have so your setup may differ a bit.
OS Install: Since we want to use Windows 7 Media Center we will need to completely wipe the Windows XP on the machine. Since there isn't a DVD drive you will need to load the install on a USB Drive. You will need at least a 4GB Flash Drive. If you have the Windows 7 ISO or DVD simply use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. This will format the flash drive correctly for installing via USB. To install simply Turn Off the computer and plugin the USB drive. Restart the computer and when you see the Acer screen come up press F12 to enter the Boot Menu and select the USB drive to boot from. After that simply follow the install instructions.
Updates and Drivers: After Windows 7 comes up it will automatically install the latest updates including the ION drivers. After all of the windows updates are complete, you will need to install the latest ION drivers for video and audio. Go to the Nvidia Driver site and download and install the Graphics and HDMI Audio drivers. After you install these you should be ready to go.
Windows Theme: I prefer to set the Theme to Basic this will disable Aero and will use less CPU and memory. To do this follow these instructions:
- Right click on your desktop
- Select Personalize
- Select the "Basic" theme from the menu and hit OK
"TV" Friendly Fonts and Windows Screens: One issue if you hook your Revo up to your TV is that everything looks tiny from sitting far away. However inside of Windows 7 there is an option to make everything bigger. This will not effect video or applications, it only effects Windows specific items like the Task Bar.
- Right Click on your Desktop and Select "Screen resolution"
- You will see more options at the bottom of the page select "Make text and other items larger or smaller"
- Select Medium or Large depending on your screen resolution.
- Hit apply and log off and log on and you will see a world of difference.
Auto Login: There are 2 real options when you setup Windows 7 users. You can have 1 Admin User which does not have a password and it will automatically login when the Revo starts up. However if you wish to have another Non-Admin user and want them to auto login then you have to do a little bit more work. First thing you will want to do is type in "netplwiz" into the Windows Search. This will bring up the User Accounts Control now you will see a checkbox that says "User mus enter a user name and password to use this computer", simply uncheck this:
Now simply hit Apply, when you do so it will ask you to enter the credentials you want the default user to log in as. Enter the username and password and now the next time you restart your computer you will automatically be logged in.
Installing memory: If you purchased additional memory for the Revo you will need to install it. It is extremely easy to install memory on the revo and the good guys over at netbooked.com have a great video of how to take apart the Revo.
Adjusting Video Memory: By default the Revo defaults the dedicated memory to 256MB RAM, however since we really want to take advantage of the ION to pump out 1080p video we want adjust it to 512MB RAM. To do this simply do the following:
- Restart the computer.
- When you see the Acer screen press Del to go into BIOS
- Go to this page
- Adjust video to 512MB from 256MB
- Exit and save
Windows Experience Index: You will want to run a Windows Experience Index to tune your Revo.
- From the start menu right click on Computer and select Properties
- Under System select Windows Experience Index and run it.
- Let it run to completion.