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Windows 7 Starter- what are the limitations?

DeborahCB asked on

original title: Windows 7 Starter Limitations?

Bought Acer Aspire One with Windows 7 Starter.  What are the limitations?  What will I not be able to do if I don't ungrade to full version?  Can I use Starter as long as I want?  Old computer has XP Home.

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TrekDozer replied on
You can use Starter for as long as you want, but many people complain about how crippled it is and the lack of features.


Windows 7 Starter does not include:

    * Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the Windows Basic or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
    * Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
    * The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
    * 64 bit version
    * Multi-monitor support.
    * DVD playback.
    * Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
    * Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
    * Domain support for business customers.
    * XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.
 




What Features are Included in Each Version of Windows 7?

Features / Availability Starter Home Basic Home Premium Professional Enterprise Ultimate
OEM licensing Emerging markets Retail and OEM licensing Volume licensing Retail and OEM licensing
64-bit and 32-bit versions 32-bit only Both Both Both Both
Maximum physical memory (64-bit mode) <small>N/A </small> 8 GB 16 GB 192 GB 192 GB
Home Group (create and join) Join only Join only Yes Yes Yes
Multiple monitors No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fast user switching No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Wallpaper Changeable No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Window Manager No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Mobility Center No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Aero No Partial Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Touch No No Yes Yes Yes
Premium Games Included No No Yes Yes Yes
Windows Media Center No No Yes Yes Yes
Windows Media Player Remote Media Experience No No Yes Yes Yes
Encrypting File System No No No Yes Yes
Location Aware Printing No No No Yes Yes
Remote Desktop Host No No No Yes Yes
Presentation Mode No No No Yes Yes
Windows Server domain No No No Yes Yes
Windows XP Mode No No No Yes Yes
AppLocker No No No No Yes
BitLocker Drive Encryption No No No No Yes
BranchCache Distributed Cache No No No No Yes
DirectAccess No No No No Yes
Subsystem for Unix-based Applications No No No No Yes
Multilingual User Interface Pack No No No No Yes
Virtual Hard Disk Booting No No No No Yes


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