|26 Oct 2009||#9|
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FROM PAUL THURROTT'S EXCELLENT WINDOWS SUPERSITE - a possible HP workaround - maybe look at Gateway as well???
HP's End-Run Around the Windows 7 Starter Limitations
As you must know by now, Microsoft has severely limited the ways in which you can customized its lowest-end Windows 7 version, Windows Starter Edition. (See Windows 7 Starter? That's How They Get You for more information.) The worst of these limitations, of course, is that users cannot customize the desktop wallpaper. Instead, they're stuck with what Microsoft provides: A single background image.
Today, Rafael posts about an HP netbook that appears to get around this limitation. How they do it is interesting. Lame. But interesting.
Nicholas R., initially emailing Paul, noticed HP was somehow bypassing this restriction according to a bulleted claim on their Mini 110 netbook product page:So is it legal? You have to think HP, a major league Microsoft partner, got the OK from the software giant.The unique ability to change the wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter: a specialized theme includes a custom screen saver and 15 wallpapers designed by Boontje.How is this possible?
I mean. They must have. Right?
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|08 Nov 2009||#10|
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Change Desktop Background in Windows 7 Starter Edition
While M$ has disabled changing the desktop background in Windows 7 Starter edition, changing it is easy-peasy. The Thurrott site notes that HP includes Stardock's My colors with some netbooks (notably, the HP Mini 110 "Studio Tord Boontje" edition), but you don't need to own an HP Mini 110 "Studio Tord Boontje" or even ANY HP to have a legitimate FREE copy of one My Colors Theme which will then allow you to change the desktop background to your heart's content.
See: Change Desktop Background in Windows 7 Starter Edition. It's easy-peasy and free. Just a few clicks to download and install, then a slight tweak after you install the free My Colors theme of your choice. Of course, Stardock hopes you'll be impressed enough with their product that you'll buy another theme or even Window Blinds itself, and that's fine, since Stardock sells some good product.
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