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Samsung: Netbooks Can Handle Full Windows 7

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Samsung says that its netbook hardware could handle the more ‘premium’ versions of Windows 7.

Right now, the mainstream operating system of choice for netbooks is Windows XP. Its demands on the system are light and it offers the common user a familiar environment for computing. But with Windows 7 looming on the horizon, Microsoft isn’t about to let an OS that’s two generations old continue to proliferate on the fast-growing computer segment.

Microsoft will release a version of Windows 7 called Starter Edition that’s meant for low-cost, entry-level PCs--including netbooks. Starter Edition is to be a lightweight version of the OS, but it’ll also be handicapped at running just three applications at a time. Microsoft also hopes that users will pony up the cash to upgrade to a more capable version of Windows 7.

When Samsung was asked by TechRadar if it was developing Windows 7-based netbooks, company marketing head Kyu Uhm replied affirmative and said, "Currently Microsoft provides Windows XP for netbooks. For Windows 7 they would like to give us Windows 7 Starter Edition for netbooks. That's the current plan. ... [Different versions are a] matter of how much we need to pay to Microsoft. It is an open issue. So we can ship other Windows 7 versions, but it is a matter of royalties."

While Microsoft has not revealed its pricing structure for the different levels of Windows 7, the Starter Edition will surely be one that’ll have the least impact on price -- the largest deciding factor in the budget segment -- making it the logical choice for system makers.

Those testing the Windows 7 beta on current netbooks report that the full, uncrippled version of the OS works well even on the modest hardware. With the performance tweaked in the final version, performance on a netbook will be even better. Users will undoubtedly prefer to run Windows 7 Home Premium on their netbooks -- but now we’ll just have to wait and see how many OEMs choose to ship their products with it. 

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    SneakySnake , March 26, 2009 12:23 AM
    Why limit the user on the number of applications they can have open. Surely even a netbook could handle 4 light application (web browser, email, skype, itunes/WMP).

    If it is to much for the computer the user will see that and close an app or two. No need to hold their hand when it comes to CPU usuage
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    sot010174 , March 26, 2009 12:32 AM
    No. Starter edition is unacceptable. I think MS will shoot itself on the foot, because people eventually will get mad with this 3 apps limitation and will format and put a (pirated) XP copy on their machines.
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    mindless728 , March 26, 2009 12:32 AM
    it is done so that you go and buy a better version of windows 7 so M$ can make more money
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2009 12:42 AM
    Microsoft already did starter edition with Vista. If you don't enter your serial and select your version and then just select Starter. The only problem is I could never find any license so I eventually had to crack it. And yes, the starter version is terrible. With the ability to uninstall so many features in Windows 7, I am running Ultimate just fine on my Atom netbook.
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    judeh101 , March 26, 2009 1:32 AM
    windows 7 ultimate runs just fine. windows 7 works fine on everything.
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    radguy , March 26, 2009 1:33 AM
    duh
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    kato128 , March 26, 2009 1:33 AM
    I just hope vendors step up and at least give the option of the better versions of 7 even if they can't drop starter from their lineup entirely. ATM I'm not impressed with software choice on netbooks because XP Home = Blech and the linux distro's that come pre-loaded are a joke
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    cruiseoveride , March 26, 2009 2:29 AM
    Netbook > $300 = Notebook
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    tayb , March 26, 2009 2:31 AM
    SneakySnakeWhy limit the user on the number of applications they can have open. Surely even a netbook could handle 4 light application (web browser, email, skype, itunes/WMP). If it is to much for the computer the user will see that and close an app or two. No need to hold their hand when it comes to CPU usuage


    You are giving the average consumer way too much credit. The average consumer will open up a shit ton of programs and bitch and moan all over the internet that Windows 7 is slow. The average consumers won't think to themselves "Well I do believe I have too many applications open consuming too much resources I should close one." Yeah right.
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    OrderChaos , March 26, 2009 3:52 AM
    ^+1

    Most people don't know anything about how a computer works, most people don't care to.

    If we were just talking about users like those that Frequent Toms, yes, you could trust them to know what their computer can handle.

    The average computer user would likely think, "well I've got all these [random programs] open, but only one is on the screen so it should be the only one using up power. Why is the computer running so slow!!!"

    And of course, many people think that restarting a computer just means turning off the monitor for a desktop or closing and reopening the lid of their laptop.

    However, in regards to all this, I do think this is a rather extreme way of making sure the OS runs smoothly even on basic hardware and that MS should just get rid of starter all together and go with fewer versions of Windows so there is less confusion for the general populace.
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    randomizer , March 26, 2009 4:23 AM
    How do they intend to "cap" the number of running applications?

    UAC popup: "Opening this program will require you to close another from the list below."
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    judeh101 , March 26, 2009 4:26 AM
    maybe instead of doing that, manufacturers should put a warning on the manual saying "Don't open too many applications at the same time, or it will greatly reduce the performance of the computer"
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    bin1127 , March 26, 2009 5:27 AM
    i'd start the legal paperwork right about now.
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    randomizer , March 26, 2009 7:02 AM
    judeh101maybe instead of doing that, manufacturers should put a warning on the manual saying "Don't open too many applications at the same time, or it will greatly reduce the performance of the computer"

    How many people RTFM?
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    kato128 , March 26, 2009 9:56 AM
    randomizerHow many people RTFM?


    Nowhere near enough and it's at the point where I wish people had to be licenced to use a computer.
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    SneakySnake , March 26, 2009 11:03 AM
    Quote:
    Nowhere near enough and it's at the point where I wish people had to be licenced to use a computer.


    they could have it as one of those little pop ups when you 1st boot up. I know that everyone hates them, but they'd get the point across to average users.
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    randomizer , March 26, 2009 11:09 AM
    SneakySnakethey could have it as one of those little pop ups when you 1st boot up. I know that everyone hates them, but they'd get the point across to average users.

    We have a popup for our university computers every time you login that says "no eating or drinking or you get a 2 week account suspension" etc etc. Nobody reads it, ever. Even the staff have drinks sitting next to the computers. You need something far more intrusive.
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    kato128 , March 26, 2009 11:14 AM
    randomizerWe have a popup for our university computers every time you login that says "no eating or drinking or you get a 2 week account suspension" etc etc. Nobody reads it, ever. Even the staff have drinks sitting next to the computers. You need something far more intrusive.

    How about building in spray cans that paint the words "I will read all prompts from my computer" onto their shirt on power up? That should get em listening or at least not using the computer.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2009 1:01 PM
    "Currently Microsoft provides Windows XP for Netbooks. For Windows 7 they would like to give us Windows 7 Starter Edition for Netbooks."

    I think Microsoft should *pay* Samsung to bundle this piece of crippleware into an otherwise perfect netbook.

    Otherwise, Samsung should provide users with two options: Linux for $200, and Windows for $250, so people know exactly what they are paying for.
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    E7130 , March 26, 2009 1:33 PM
    sot010174No. Starter edition is unacceptable. I think MS will shoot itself on the foot, because people eventually will get mad with this 3 apps limitation and will format and put a (pirated) XP copy on their machines.


    Do people not realize that when they go to a casino or bank ATM, or any other type of terminal that underneath the GUI is for the most part Windows XP. MS is making a Windows 7 replacement for computers that run a company shell application and never see the real OS. Its cost effective for them to write their program and then run it on a cheap OS i.e. Windows 7. They don't need more than 3 apps running.

    Besides, Starter edition is great for netbooks given to underdeveloped countries to use for school, etc.

    Lighten up people, Starter Edition will not even be offered in mainstream Laptops and Desktops or even retail, only 3 editions: Home, Professional, Ultimate. I don't consider Netbooks a mainstream machine, they may never be more than toys.
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