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Learn Before Purchasing a Windows 7 Starter Laptop

submitted on March 17, 2010 by Solstice in "Products / Gadgets"
You really need to look into the "Windows 7 Starter" package before committing to buying a computer with it. The lack of personalization and other features have made many people unhappy who did not really know what it did and did not come with, as well as its overall limitations compared to the "Windows 7 Home" version.

http://windowsteamblog.com/blo.....arter.aspx

Windows 7 Starter does not include:

* Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the “Windows Basic” or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
* Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
* The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
* Multi-monitor support.
* DVD playback.
* Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
* Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
* Domain support for business customers.
* XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.
           

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  • 56063
    arzkar
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    Posted by arzkar on March 17, 2010
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    Thanks Solstice, I'm looking for a new laptop now and this'll help. Wink
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    phunkeey
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    Posted by phunkeey on March 17, 2010
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    It's such BS that microsoft makes all these versions of their OS. Home, Pro, HomePro.

    It's confusing for the consumer.

    And I still believe anyone with vista should get a free upgrade.
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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on March 17, 2010
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    They should just rename it to Windows 7 "VBF" for very basic and featureless. If I can get one of these laptops for cheap I'll just remove Win 7 and put Linux on it. Big Grin
  • 56112
    busant20
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    Posted by busant20 on March 17, 2010
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    Good information, Solstice. Thanks Wink Wink Big Grin
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on March 17, 2010
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    I happened to be talking to my friend last week about this, and then I noticed a Netbook deal come up here on Buxr with Windows 7 Starter. It seemed like a good and helpful opportunity to mention it.
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on January 27, 2011
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    An upgrade offer going from "starter" to "home" was just posted, so I'm giving this a bump for the people who missed it. (Offer Posted on 1/27/11) http://www.buxr.com/deal/micro.....rade_75429
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    • pablos17
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      Posted by pablos17 on January 27, 2011
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      Thanks Solstice.
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    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on January 27, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Thanks for the info.

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