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Windows 7 Starter Edition Drops Three App Limit

Gordon Kelly


Windows 7 Starter Edition Drops Three App Limit

Microsoft has already confirmed netbooks can run any Windows 7 version but it now looks like the basic version they will be supplied with will be much better than we expected...

In a very short post Paul Thurrott's specialist Windows site has reported Microsoft will remove the ridiculous three app limit proposed for the Windows 7 'Starter' edition. Up until now Microsoft had stated it was going to enforce this restriction to assist low power systems.

Of course such an approach was nonsense considering users would, for example, have had to close one of either their web browser, email or word processing programme just to open something like the calculator, notepad or Minesweeper. That is without addressing applications that load when the system boots up.

Microsoft has yet to come out and confirm the news, but so widely reported is the change that it seems a certainty now. Whether this dose of logic will also see it discard Starter's other daft restriction: that of locking the desktop wallpaper, remains to be seen...

*Seriously Microsoft. Really?*


via Paul Thurrot's SuperSite for Windows


May 25, 2009, 2:00 pm

good to see common sense prevailing. why bother with all the effort of making a great product then cut hamper it for no reason but to annoy people.


May 25, 2009, 3:13 pm

This was done to death on Slashdot on Saturday and the general concensus there was the 3 apps limit was still in place but would not apply to things such as Windows Explorer, services running the background such as AV, firewall, small utilities etc and other Windows services.

However Microsoft is defining what can be classed as a netbook and allowed to run Windows 7 starter edition. ie:

10.2" screen maximum size

250GB hard drive or 64GB SSD

Single core cpu with max Speed of 2Ghz and thermal dissipation of 15W


May 25, 2009, 4:52 pm

You do realise that the netbooks running starter edition are never going to even get near those specs. Microsoft and manufacturers have already stated they intend to sell the majority of netbooks with home premium which means no limits as they pay standard price for windows 7. In other words bring on the dual core 128gb sdd 500gb premium netbooks!


May 25, 2009, 10:30 pm

@basicasic - that's why I worked over the Bank Holiday weekend to get it written up. There'll be an article tomorrow going up about those the new Windows 7 netbook stats as well.

We all need a break sometimes!


May 25, 2009, 11:29 pm

Realistically how much multitasking can one do on any Windows OS on a device of this type. I think it is limited anyway.

If you really want to go nuts on poky device like these things, you'll have to use Linux anyway. So why the fuss? Pointless.


May 26, 2009, 1:50 am

@Gordon - sorry matey. Wasn't implying any critisism of you or your report. Everything is done to death on Slashdot. Just adding what extra info I had gathered. Enjoy your break :)

@Kanu - I agree. Can't see the point of full blown operating systems on underpowered devices like these anyway. For most people 3 apps open at once is likely to be overkill on a netbook. Windows 7 starter edition is likely to be just fine at at a rumoured OEM cost of $15 (much lower then XP or Vista) it won't hike the cost of a netbook too high either. Though personally I think Linux is ideal for netbooks.

gareth edwards

May 27, 2009, 9:41 pm

DOH! Why don't they just have 1 home version and 1 business version? I really don't get the way that M$ do their OS delivery - keep it simple, have a home edition where you can turnall bells and whistles off to allow for lo-power systems like netbooks and voila.

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