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19 Dec 2009   #1

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
 
 
windows 7 starter

my girlfriend just bought the new mini 10 v from dell with what we thought was windows 7 home edition but ended up being starter. It seems stupid. it cant do shake or the windows pop up windows for viewing your open programs. I only received it a couple hours ago but we are really upset with it. She is the most bummed about not even being able to change the background image at all. Should we send it back and just go for a full upgrade or is there something that is worth the 300$ we paid for the mini.


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19 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Don't take this wrong, no offence intended.

You get what you pay for. You could return it and buy a different computer, or you could upgrade it yourself. If you're a student, you can pick up a copy of Home Premium or Professional for $30.

My point is, you are asking a question that nobody but yourself can answer. Personally, I could not survive with the Starter, but each user has different needs.

Sorry I can't be of more help,
~Jonathan
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19 Dec 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fabs109 View Post
my girlfriend just bought the new mini 10 v from dell with what we thought was windows 7 home edition but ended up being starter. It seems stupid. it cant do shake or the windows pop up windows for viewing your open programs. I only received it a couple hours ago but we are really upset with it. She is the most bummed about not even being able to change the background image at all. Should we send it back and just go for a full upgrade or is there something that is worth the 300$ we paid for the mini.
I like to save a buck when possible. There are some areas that it is better to spend a little bit more and be happy. I think a computer is one of those areas. You are going to have that computer for 5 years. spend another $200 is just 40/year, the price of a dinner for you and your gf. Bring it back, get what you like. The alternative is to have an unhappy gf.
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20 Dec 2009   #4

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
 
 

we are both students and she is the penny pincher lol dell said they didn't think that the mini could handle an upgrade. if it can then i will upgrade but i do agree a computer is a good investment and we should probably take it back thank you for the help
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20 Dec 2009   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fabs109 View Post
we are both students and she is the penny pincher lol dell said they didn't think that the mini could handle an upgrade. if it can then i will upgrade but i do agree a computer is a good investment and we should probably take it back thank you for the help
Just between us. I am a lot older than you, and right or wrong, one thing I learned you do not want your GF unhappy.

Merry Christma.
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20 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Check to see if you can upgrade the RAM and then decide if you want to upgrade to a different version of Windows 7.
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21 Dec 2009   #7

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
 
 

I agree definetly want the gf happy!! I think the biggest problem that she cant change her background. Anyone know anyway that we can change the background on windows 7 because if i can do that she will be a happy woman!!!
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21 Dec 2009   #8

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I agree definetly want the gf happy!! I think the biggest problem that she cant change her background. Anyone know anyway that we can change the background on windows 7 because if i can do that she will be a happy woman!!!
if I understand, do you want to change the desk top background. If so just right click on desktop, (but may not be available with your edition) and then personalize.
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21 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

there is a hack to change the desktop picture on starter (haven't found a guide yet)
if, aside from being unable to change the background, the effort to get a computer with home premium or above is more than what your gf thinks it's worth; then just do the hack and stick with the computer.
if you google enough you should find an easy to follow tutorial.
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21 Dec 2009   #10

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
 
 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...7-starter.html

i just found it and it DOES work she is very happy!!! thanks all the link above is a guide
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