Windows 7 Starter Is Limited, But Runs More than 3 Apps Simultaneously
Article by George Norman
On 02 Jun 2009
Precisely one week ago we were reporting that Microsoft may remove a limitation from Windows 7 Starter, mainly the one that says you can only run 3 apps at the same time. Back then we could only go by Paul Thurrott’s exclusive info, and as such we took the information with a grain of salt. Now the salt has washed away as Microsoft has come out to officially announce that the 3 apps at a time limitation will indeed be removed from Windows 7 Starter.

“Based on the feedback we’ve received from partners and customers asking us to enable a richer small notebook PC experience with Windows 7 Starter, we’ve decided to make some changes compared to previous Starter editions. For the first time, we will be making Windows 7 Starter available worldwide on small notebook PCs. We are also going to enable Windows 7 Starter customers the ability to run as many applications simultaneously as they would like, instead of being constricted to the 3 application limit that the previous Starter editions included. We believe these changes will make Windows 7 Starter an even more attractive option for customers who want a small notebook PC for very basic tasks, like browsing the web, checking email and personal productivity,” explained Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team, Brandon LeBlanc.

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The thing to keep in mind is that Windows 7 comes in 6 different flavors, and out of the array of OS versions Windows 7 is has the least features. Here is a detailed (and pretty long) list of features you will not get to see in Windows 7 Starter:
- No Aero Glass effects, which means that you can only use opaque themes like “Windows Basic”.
- You cannot modify the default desktop background, the window colors and the sound schemes.
- You will have to log off in order to switch between users.
- No support for multi-monitor systems.
- No DVD playback support.
- No Windows Media Center (which means you cannot watch recorded TV and other media).
- No Remote Media Streaming.
- No domain support for business customers.
- No XP Mode.

As you can see, Windows 7 Starter is pretty drastically limited. The good news is that if you have a netbook you do not necessarily have to use Starter to power it, because netbooks are capable of running all Windows 7 versions. Brandon LeBlanc again: “All editions of Windows 7 have been optimized to run on the broadest range of hardware ranging from small notebook PCs all the way up to high end gaming machines. Windows 7 Starter should not be considered “the netbook SKU” as most machines in this category can run any edition of Windows 7. Many of our beta users have installed Windows 7 Ultimate on their small notebook PCs and have given us very positive feedback on their experience.”



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