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Windows 7 Unfettered and Alive on Netbooks

It's official. The starter version of Windows 7 for netbooks will no longer be crippled.

Windows 7 Starter isn't the beefiest Windows ever, to begin with. It's 32-bit only, can't play DVDs and doesn't have the XP compatibility mode. But originally, someone in Redmond had the brain-dead idea of letting it run only three apps at a time. I'm currently running four apps, and I've just booted my machine!

Do you see a true advantage in higher-end editions of Windows, like Ultimate, versus low-end versions? Give me the hows and wherefores at

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/05/2009 at 1:17 PM

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Tue, Oct 6, 2009 Charles Orlando, FL

My opinion...can you say "XP!" Give me a break. New tech that can't play a DVD, no XP compatibility and only 32-BIT...oh, 3 apps. If that's a new standard, I hope they are keeping the pricing below $30. I think I'll stick to XP until the cows come home and the morons leave the designing of technology to actual smart people. I wouldn't want to be MCSA much less an actual user.

Tue, Oct 6, 2009 Brent Philadelphia

I think the flexibility in flavors is a double edged sword. The segregation of some features and bundling for purpose based integration makes sense to anyone. But then you have, as you put "brain-dead" ideas like limiting application execution... for what? This is the very reason I just go with Ultimate and buck up. Give the user/admins the choice of what to turn on and off. 3 apps, that's just dumb to do on any OS for any reason. Aren't we in a multi-tasking world with all the devices and mobile ocnnectivity. Furthermore, I think users and admins take advantage of the congruent interfaces amongst platforms.

Mon, Oct 5, 2009 jeffs0413 California

There is no doubt that Windows 7 most significant competition is the installed XP base. Nine years and three service packs have produced an operating environment that is stable,fairly secure and paid for. In these tough economic times it will be almost impossible to justify a wholesale upgrade to Windows7. The gains are speculative while the costs are concrete. Still administrators want to make their networks and operations more secure. One continuing quandary is how to make the desktop more secure while not unduly limiting the users flexibility. I suggest that a virtual machine using free or open source software be installed on most desktops. A combination of Vmware player or Sun virtual box and unbuntu linux would provide a means for users to be flexible but allow administrators lock down the main windows system. The windows side could be used for business while the virtual could satisfy to users non business requirements. This option was not available a few years ago. The combination of less expensive hardware and maturing software make this a viable option. It is a less expensive than deploying windows7.

Mon, Oct 5, 2009

Having a high end and a low end makes some sense, however the difference from Ultimate and Business is practically invisible. Bitlocker is the only feature I think ought to distributed as an add-on to ALL versions of Win7 as a price of doing business. In other words Microsoft ought to give a little back and allow all users to lock up their digital life without worry somebody will steal their ID, their banking account etc.

Mon, Oct 5, 2009 Fl

There should only be on version. The more versions you have the more problems you have. Choice is good if your dealing with hand tools or food. Not Operating Systems for computers. Its easier to create driver's, applications, etc. Some day they will understand that. And in Microsoft's case, its all about the money, not the functionality. Besides it would, after all improve their lack of adquate security, hardware compatibility, etc. Some day they and everyone else will understand this.

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