Windows 7 home basic 32/64

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Most people know Windows 7 has three primary editions khổng lồ choose from (trang chủ Premium, Professional, và Ultimate), but did you know there"s a fourth primary edition, known as Windows 7 Starter?


As of January 20đôi mươi, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. We recommover upgrading to Windows 10 khổng lồ continue receiving security updates & technical tư vấn.


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Only Available on Netbooks

The most important thing to lớn know is that Windows 7 Starter edition is exclusively for use on netbook computers. You can"t get it on a standard PC (nor would you want it, in most cases). It may still be offered as an option on the netbook models still available for purchase.


What's Missing in Windows 7 Starter

Windows 7 Starter is a significantly stripped-down version of Windows 7. Here"s some of what it"s missing, courtesy of a Microsoft blog posting:


The ability to lớn switch between users without having khổng lồ log off.Multi-monitor tư vấn.DVD playbaông xã.Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other truyền thông.Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your trang chủ computer.Domain tư vấn for business customers.XPhường. Mode for those who want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.

One feature that will be most missed is the ability to change your desktop"s appearance. Don"t like the background? You"ll have to live sầu with what is included. Note that you also can"t watch DVDs. But if you can live sầu without those features and want the stability and svào performance of Windows 7, it"s an option worth considering.

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Upgrade Options

Also, think about upgrading that netbook to lớn a regular version of Windows 7. One thing the Microsoft blogger mentioned is the ability to lớn run a non-Starter version of Windows 7 on a netbook if you can still find a license.


That"s a good choice if you have the money to lớn upgrade. First, however, be sure to check out the netbook"s system specs and compare it khổng lồ Windows 7"s system requirements. We would recommkết thúc upgrading to Windows 7 if you can run it since Windows 7 is a huge improvement over Windows XPhường. If you can"t, many consumers are upgrading khổng lồ Windows 10 Home. This would be the preferable option as Windows 7"s extended tư vấn ended in January 20trăng tròn.


One important misconception some have sầu about Windows 7 Starter is that you can"t open more than three programs at once. This was the case when Windows 7 Starter was still in development, but that limitation was dropped. You can have as many open programs as you want (& that your RAM can handle).


Is Windows 7 Starter Edition a Good Option?

Windows 7 Starter is very limited—there"s no doubt about that. But, for the main uses of a netbook, which normally revolves around surfing the mạng internet, checking email, and the lượt thích, it will do the job just fine.

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If you need your operating system to vì chưng more, upgrade to a regular version of Windows 7, 10, or consider moving up khổng lồ a non-netbook máy tính. They"re coming down a lot in price & offer smaller sizes & more bang for the buông chồng than ever.


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