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Windows 7: Windows 7 Starter Edition - Is It Really That Bad?

09 May 2009   #1

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64
 
 
Windows 7 Starter Edition - Is It Really That Bad?

Well many of us here will be using the Ultimate versions of Windows 7 RC build

but what about other lite versions

The Cheapest version of Windows 7 (Starter Edition) has a limitation that it can't run more than three application at a time!!!



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Windows 7 Starter Edition's three-app limit is real, but is it really that bad?



The Windows 7 beta and release candidate that some of us have been running are the Ultimate versions. Given the option to test any SKU that we want, why not go for the best one?

The thing is that the version that most of us will be using won’t be the top one. Microsoft said before that it expects that the Home Premium version to be the most popular one – especially bundled with decent pre-built machines. While Home Premium will be enough for most of us, what about lesser versions?

Windows 7 Starter Edition is expected to be the OS for low-cost netbooks. With the lowest licensing fee, OEMs wanting to keep costs low will go for the cheapest version of Windows 7. But will Starter Edition do? With the three-applications-open-at-a-time limitation, many users are already writing Starter Edition off as something unusable. To find out more, Ed Bott last month blogged on ZDNet about his time with Starter Edition, and some of his findings might surprise you.


“For starters, that three-app limit isn’t as cut and dried as it sounds,” Bott wrote. “Well, for starters, you can open as many windows as you want from a single program. So if you want to open 15 tabs in your browser, six images in your photo-editing program, and a couple of instant messenger windows, you can do it.”

System applications such as Windows Explorer, Control Panel, Task Manager, Command Prompt and even desktop gadgets do not count as applications, so you can navigate through your system tools as much as you like without stepping into the three-application limit. Antivirus software also seems to live outside the three-app limit, as does some system utilities that start up and reside in the system tray.

Bott concluded that Starter Edition proved adequate for netbooks when used as the way they are intended. “In short, when I used this system as a netbook, it worked just fine. On a netbook, most of the tasks you’re likely to tackle are going to take place in a browser window anyway. … If I tried to use this system as a conventional notebook, running multiple Microsoft Office or OpenOffice aps, playing music in iTunes or Windows Media Player, and using third-party IM programs, I would probably be incredibly frustrated with the limitations of Starter Edition.”

How do you use your netbook? Would Windows 7 Starter Edition be good enough, or will upgrading be one of the first things you'll do?
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09 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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Windows 7 Starter Edition's three-app limit is real, but is it really that bad?
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09 May 2009   #3

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64
 
 

yeah three application limit is really something no one wants!!!

so better go for Home Basic or Home Premium,unless they want to try it on netbook!!!
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09 May 2009   #4

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

A netbook is worthless anyway I've used the Dell mini, and I've kept it mostly up to date with Windows 7 on it. It currently is running 7077 x32. I used it to check my email. Besides that, it's too small and lame for anything else of interest. I guess that's a lie, once we mounted it on a gas powered remote control car and hooked a camera sensor on it and had it recording video while it was driving. Besides that, it's worthless. 3 apps would be enough for me on a mini. I doubt any of us will ever be faced with that software though, seeing as it's aimed at poor countries and people who don't care about good powered laptops and just want a cute lil 7 inch screen with a lame atom processor :P
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09 May 2009   #5

Windows 8 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raj1402 View Post
The Cheapest version of Windows 7 (Starter Edition) has a limitation that it can't run more than three application at a time!!!


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09 May 2009   #6

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

3 apps at a time? is MS kidding me?
Ultimate is the best.
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09 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 RTM x86/x64
 
 

They still have time to fix that if they get overwhelmingly bad press.
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09 May 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dual boot with Fedora KDE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fakeasdf View Post
A netbook is worthless anyway I've used the Dell mini, and I've kept it mostly up to date with Windows 7 on it. It currently is running 7077 x32. I used it to check my email. Besides that, it's too small and lame for anything else of interest. I guess that's a lie, once we mounted it on a gas powered remote control car and hooked a camera sensor on it and had it recording video while it was driving. Besides that, it's worthless. 3 apps would be enough for me on a mini. I doubt any of us will ever be faced with that software though, seeing as it's aimed at poor countries and people who don't care about good powered laptops and just want a cute lil 7 inch screen with a lame atom processor :P

Well, You may not realise, but The Atom is where the future lies. Sooner or later, you will see Atoms being used in everything from Cellphones, MP4 / MP3 players, DVD players, etc. etc!

And the reasons are pretty simple:

1) The computing power of a single core desktop processor in an extremely small package,

2) Long battery life (TDP of 4W to 8W! Try and compare the TDP of your normal desktop processors!),

3) Scalable as required; from a nettop to a PDA as and however its required!

Its still early days for a technology such as The Atom.

As for Windows 7 Started edition, lets hope that it stays on net books!

The three app limit is perfectly fine for a net book.

Cheers!
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09 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 7100 build
 
 

This is really painful to see Microsoft do this.

Why would anyone buy this? Regardless if you have a old computer or a brand new one. No one would want this installed on a computer they bought.

I bet they sell under 10 copies of this useless OS edition.

I have a netbook with Xp loaded on and I am easily run more than 3 things and it is still running. 3 apps at a time is pointless and useless.
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09 May 2009   #10

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dragor1 View Post
Well, You may not realise, but The Atom is where the future lies. Sooner or later, you will see Atoms being used in everything from Cellphones, MP4 / MP3 players, DVD players, etc. etc!

And the reasons are pretty simple:

1) The computing power of a single core desktop processor in an extremely small package,

2) Long battery life (TDP of 4W to 8W! Try and compare the TDP of your normal desktop processors!),

3) Scalable as required; from a nettop to a PDA as and however its required!

Its still early days for a technology such as The Atom.

As for Windows 7 Started edition, lets hope that it stays on net books!

The three app limit is perfectly fine for a net book.

Cheers!
lol, no way man! I don't mean to sound rude, but that atom is definitely not going to grab those markets. Those markets are heavly owned by ARM processors and there is no way they are going to get in on that market without a humongous price drop of the atom processor! When the atom starts selling for a few dollars then they might get in, but until then they have no chance...
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