All Windows 7 SKUs are OK for Netbooks

Worried that you'll be buying a netbook a month from now and all you'll be getting is Windows 7 Starter Edition? You have nothing to fear, and for a couple of good reasons.

First of all, you can easily upgrade any version of Windows 7 to a higher version through Anytime Upgrade. Secondly, as confirmed to TG Daily, Microsoft will not be putting any restriction on the type of Windows 7 that'll go on netbooks.

"OEMs and ODMs have the choice to install any version of Windows on a netbook," said a Microsoft UK spokesperson. "[But] Starter is an entry version and doesn’t have many of the consumer or business features. The three application limit isn’t there anymore."

Microsoft revealed months ago that the Starter Edition would no longer have the three application limit that was originally planned to limit netbooks. Starter Edition, however, will still not run any of the fancy effects of the Aero GUI.

While most netbooks are of modest specifications, we can see higher-end models – such as those with the Nvidia Ion chipset – sporting Home Premium.

What would really blow our minds though is a netbook packing Windows 7 Ultimate from the factory.

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  • dman3k
    WOW. Microsoft is listening... What a change from "we tell you what you want" strategy!

    Now if Microsoft could just get rid of the Starter Pack all together.
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  • hellwig
    Did MS ever say Vista couldn't be installed on a netbook, or was it simply understood that Vista wouldn't run on a netbook, as it was no where near the minimum system specs?
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  • Honis
    I'd like to see a bench of the $2.4k system builder marathon with both Ultimate and Starter installed. I wonder if somethings would run slightly faster with 90% of the OS disabled but still functional.
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