What is Windows 7 Starter?


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Peter Jason

I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for
Internet downloads, thereafter to transfer all
suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php

It comes with "Windows7 Starter" and I assume this
will be compatible with my Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
machine? It's going to cost $370 so I want to
get it right.

Peter
 
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Nil

I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for
Internet downloads, thereafter to transfer all
suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php

It comes with "Windows7 Starter" and I assume this
will be compatible with my Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
machine? It's going to cost $370 so I want to
get it right.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/compare?t1=tab15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions#Comparison_chart

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows7/products/windows-7-starter-top-questions
 
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J. P. Gilliver (John)

Peter Jason said:
I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for
Internet downloads, thereafter to transfer all
suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php

It comes with "Windows7 Starter" and I assume this
will be compatible with my Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
machine? It's going to cost $370 so I want to
get it right.

Peter
1. Looks like 417.90 to me from that link?
2. If it really is just for downloading stuff - I presume you are doing
this as a (slightly unusual, but each to his own) way of protecting your
main computer (does that not go online at all? Does it have any
antimalware features?) - then I'd say why not get a secondhand machine,
possibly XP or even one of the Linux ones. Would be much cheaper.
 
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John Williamson

Peter said:
I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for
Internet downloads, thereafter to transfer all
suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php

It comes with "Windows7 Starter" and I assume this
will be compatible with my Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
machine? It's going to cost $370 so I want to
get it right.
All the data files will be compatible, but Starter version is missing a
lot of the stuff that the better versions have which makes Windows 7
more usable. The deficiencies can be mostly rectified by third party
software and a bit of ingenuity, but the good news is that it supports
Window Anytime Upgrade, which lets you buy a decent version over the
internet, for slightly more extra cost than the version with it already
installed.

If you can find a laptop with Home Premium installed at about the same
price, you'd be better off with that.
 
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Ken1943

I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for
Internet downloads, thereafter to transfer all
suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php

It comes with "Windows7 Starter" and I assume this
will be compatible with my Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
machine? It's going to cost $370 so I want to
get it right.

Peter
I have the 1015px-8U17 and it came with 2gig ram and home prem. and a
dual core Atom processor.

I have seen the ads that say it comes with starter and other ads that say
home prem. , but most ads say starter.

I got it from Amazon.

I also have a Toshiba netbook which has a ton of useless utilities and
the Asus is much better.


KenW
 
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ray

I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for Internet downloads,
thereafter to transfer all suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php

It comes with "Windows7 Starter" and I assume this will be compatible
with my Windows7 Ultimate 64bit machine? It's going to cost $370 so I
want to get it right.

Peter
I personally have an ACER netbook that came with win7 starter. Dual core
1.6 Atom 350gb hard drive and 1gb RAM (which I upgraded to 2gb) - which I
got from the local Fred Meyer store for $200. win7 is so slow on it I
could not stand it, so installed Debian - runs quite nicely.

File transfer capability should not be a concern either way.
 
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Nil

I personally have an ACER netbook that came with win7 starter.
Dual core 1.6 Atom 350gb hard drive and 1gb RAM (which I upgraded
to 2gb) - which I got from the local Fred Meyer store for $200.
win7 is so slow on it I could not stand it, so installed Debian -
runs quite nicely.
I'm typing right now on an HP Mini 110 netbook that came with, and is
still running Windows 7 Starter. I originally planned to upgrade it to
one of the higher versions, but as it turned out, Starter Edition
supports everything I want this particular computer to do, so there it
will probably stay.
 
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Ken1943

I personally have an ACER netbook that came with win7 starter. Dual core
1.6 Atom 350gb hard drive and 1gb RAM (which I upgraded to 2gb) - which I
got from the local Fred Meyer store for $200. win7 is so slow on it I
could not stand it, so installed Debian - runs quite nicely.

File transfer capability should not be a concern either way.
1.6 atom vs my 3.4 gig 64 bit desktops 8 gig ram, yes slow.

All things considered, not bad speed.


KenW
 
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BeeJ

It happens that Peter Jason formulated :
I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for
Internet downloads, thereafter to transfer all
suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php

It comes with "Windows7 Starter" and I assume this
will be compatible with my Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
machine? It's going to cost $370 so I want to
get it right.

Peter
Try MicroCenter.com
Laptops with Win 7 Home Premium for around $250 up (new and refurbished
name brands). I go a Win 7 Pro upgrade for around $120 (on sale).
I bought one (an Acer) and am very happy with it.

--
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Not the street address.
Not the city.
Not the country.
Not the Earth.
Not the Solar System.
Not the Galaxy.
Not the Universe.
Not the Brane.
So where is the Brane?
Where are we?

Life is but a dream!
 
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Adrian C

I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for
Internet downloads, thereafter to transfer all
suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php
Netbooks are lower powered (=slower) than laptops. On them you will be
dissapointed with the response of multiple running applications on a
full-fledge Windows 7 operating system, which is why the process limited
Starter version is particularly sold with these.

Windows 7 capable laptops are available everywhere.

Just open your morning breakfast cereal packet and one will pop out...
 
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Hot-Text

Peter Jason said:
I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for
Internet downloads, thereafter to transfer all
suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php

It comes with "Windows7 Starter" and I assume this
will be compatible with my Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
machine? It's going to cost $370 so I want to
get it right.
Peter

I have a Acer with Windows7 Starter for Two years..
and it like it too............
 
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J. P. Gilliver (John)

Hot-Text said:
Peter

I have a Acer with Windows7 Starter for Two years..
and it like it too............
$370 sounds rather a lot for something that only has starter, assuming
the rest of the specifications are also low. Is it a netbook (no optical
drive)? Even so, still seems expensive.
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"What happens if I press this button?" "I wouldn't ..." (pinggg!) "Oh!" "What
happened?" "A sign lit up, saying `please do not press this button
again'!"(s1f2)
 
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Roy Smith

$370 sounds rather a lot for something that only has starter, assuming
the rest of the specifications are also low. Is it a netbook (no optical
drive)? Even so, still seems expensive.
Did you look at the ad in the link? It's in Australia not the USA and
it's not specified if the OP is talking in Australian dollar or US
dollars, but even then the exchange rate wouldn't be that much different
($370 AUS = $361.40 USD at current exchange rates).


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Roy Smith
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Thunderbird 12.0.1
Friday, May 25, 2012 8:17:50 AM
 
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J. P. Gilliver (John)

Roy said:
Did you look at the ad in the link? It's in Australia not the USA and
it's not specified if the OP is talking in Australian dollar or US
dollars, but even then the exchange rate wouldn't be that much different
($370 AUS = $361.40 USD at current exchange rates).
Hmm; I can't understand why I didn't look at the link. Now I have, I see
it does indeed offer netbooks (no optical drive), albeit now all with
dual core processors (though only around 1.6G ones).

For only 1024 by 600 display, 2G RAM, 320G HD, only 0.3MP webcam, and 7
starter, it still _seems_ a bit steep - but I don't know (a) how much
difference a dual core processor makes (b) what prices in .au are.

I couldn't see a $370 one on that page - $427.80 for one with AMD 1.6G
processor and 10" display, $434.80 Intel 1.66 10", $549 Intel 1.66 12",
$597.70 AMD 1.66 12".
 
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DJT

Hmm; I can't understand why I didn't look at the link. Now I have, I see
it does indeed offer netbooks (no optical drive), albeit now all with
dual core processors (though only around 1.6G ones).

For only 1024 by 600 display, 2G RAM, 320G HD, only 0.3MP webcam, and 7
starter, it still _seems_ a bit steep - but I don't know (a) how much
difference a dual core processor makes (b) what prices in .au are.

I couldn't see a $370 one on that page - $427.80 for one with AMD 1.6G
processor and 10" display, $434.80 Intel 1.66 10", $549 Intel 1.66 12",
$597.70 AMD 1.66 12".

Australian Prices are steep. Because the tech and software companies
can get away with it hardware and software in Aistralia is
considerable more expensive than US.

DJT
 
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Brian Gregory [UK]

J. P. Gilliver (John) said:
Hmm; I can't understand why I didn't look at the link. Now I have, I see
it does indeed offer netbooks (no optical drive), albeit now all with dual
core processors (though only around 1.6G ones).

For only 1024 by 600 display, 2G RAM, 320G HD, only 0.3MP webcam, and 7
starter, it still _seems_ a bit steep - but I don't know (a) how much
difference a dual core processor makes (b) what prices in .au are.
I thought Microsoft didn't allow OEMs to put Windows 7 Starter edition on
anything with over 1GB of RAM.
 
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Brian Gregory [UK]

Adrian C said:
Netbooks are lower powered (=slower) than laptops. On them you will be
dissapointed with the response of multiple running applications on a
full-fledge Windows 7 operating system, which is why the process limited
Starter version is particularly sold with these.
I don't think there is any process limit.

Some features just aren't there. Mostly things that wouldn't work at all
well on such low powered machines anyway.

The Max RAM may be limited to 2GB but info on this is unclear and netbook
hardware rarely supports more than 2GB RAM anyway.
 
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Brian Gregory [UK]

Peter Jason said:
I'm about to buy an el-cheapo laptop just for
Internet downloads, thereafter to transfer all
suitable and screened material to my main
computer.
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php

It comes with "Windows7 Starter" and I assume this
will be compatible with my Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
machine? It's going to cost $370 so I want to
get it right.
Compatible is what sense?
 
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Peter Jason

Compatible is what sense?
I want to use it solely for overnight Internet
downloads for eMule and from similar sites. I
will plug it into the network for the download
session and then test for viruses and then
transfer relevant stuff to the main computer via a
USB thumb drive. Other people I know swear by
this. Then the little notebook can be hidden
away from prying eyes.

Peter
 
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