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Windows 7 Starter includes hidden wireless feature, ...
Windows 7 Starter includes hidden wireless feature, says sleuth
Ad hoc networking thought to be unavailable in netbook edition is there, noted Windows blogger says
By Gregg Keizer
December 3, 2009 01:10 PM ET
Computerworld - Microsoft may have buried a wireless networking feature in Windows 7 Starter, the edition installed on most netbooks, but it did not actually disable the ad hoc wireless feature, as the firm's marketing materials claim, a noted Windows blogger said today.
Ad hoc wireless networking, which lets several Windows computers share a single connection, was one of several networking features Microsoft claims are not available in Windows 7 Starter. Those features, which include ad hoc networking, Internet connection sharing and network bridging, are present in the more expensive, tools-laden editions, such as Home Premium and Professional.
But according to Rafael Rivera, ad hoc networking is present in Starter, albeit hidden.
"On Windows 7 Starter Edition, the 'Set up a wireless ad hoc network' link in the [Set Up a Connection or Network] dialog is missing," said Rivera in an entry on his Within Windows blog yesterday.
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