I have two laptops - a Compaq 15Inch and a Samsung netbook. Both run Windows 7 Starter. I also have a powertel dongle and an android phone. So what I want to do is share my powertel between all these devices. The problem is conectify and virtual router WILL NOT work with Win7 Starter - I've googled it, Binged it, Yahoo'd it, checked, double checked and triple checked - it just dosen't happen!Connectify even says so on their site.
Now I can boot Ubuntu on a flashdisk, but it can only share over Ad Hoc network. I've managed do do this already for the laptops - boot Ubuntu on the netbook and then connect the Powertel dongle, set up a network on Ubuntu and share the Internet with the other laptops. It works beautifully. But I can't connect my android phone. Apparently androids cannot recognize ad-hoc networks unless running a custom rom - and I have no interest in putting one on my phone. My phone is not rooted, its running the original firmware and I have no desire to root or flash or whatever. Besides, I need to be able to provide Internet for other people who have phones and tablets that have wifi but also don't recognize ad-hoc. My GF for example has a Nokia Asha with wifi - but also WILL NOT recognize ad-hoc networks, only routers and access points. My brother has a Blackberry. My friends have iPads - you catch my drift I'm sure.
So my idea is to boot XP from a flashdisk, then install and run Connectify or Virtual Router - so that I can share the connection with ALL DEVICES - not just other computers. I have done an extensive search for Connectify/Virtual router alternatives in the linux world. There is no connectify equivalent, which was a BIG SHOCK to me; it sounds like something right up the open source crowd's alley. There IS a way but the driver support is limited and the whole process seem incredibly complicated.
So is the XP thing a viable solution? I remember when netbooks first came out they had no hard drives - they ran purely on flash memory so I'm guessing XP should feel quite at home on a 8 or 16 GB flashdisk. Would I be correct in that assumption? The reason I wanna put it on flash and NOT just replace the Windows 7 starter is simple - the netbook will be harder to sell if I remove the good, legal copy of Windows and replace it with a dodgy copy of Windows XP. Upgrading the Win 7 Starter on an Atom netbook is not an option either. I'm trying not to spend a Single cent on this, just a bit of midnight oil.
So what do I need to get it done?