Microsoft released Windows 7 in six editions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Pro, Enterprise and Ultimate. Here, I am going to discuss Windows 7 Starter that is available only for Netbooks. It’s not available for PCs. It has limited features as compared to other editions of Windows 7.
Related: Windows 7 Pro ISO
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Download and Install Windows 7 Starter
Before starting the installation, you need to create a Windows 7 Starter bootable USB flash drive. I have discussed below the methods you can use in this context. Select any of them and create a bootable USB Flash drive.
Create Bootable USB Via Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
Here, I am using the easiest way first of all. Any newbie can use it to create a bootable USB instantly. Follow the instructions below.
- If you want to download Win 7 Starter for your Netbook, you can download it by using the “Windows USB/DVD Download” tool. It’s available on Microsoft’s official site. Click Here to download this tool.
- Attach a USB that has at least 4GB storage with your Netbook.
- Download Windows 7 Starter ISO from the above section. The ISO image contains all the necessary files.
- Now, right-click to the “Windows USB/DVD Download” tool and select “Run.”
- When it’s open, look for the “Source File” box. Type the path of the ISO image file or use “Browse” to locate the ISO.
- Now, select “Next” to proceed.
- Click the option “USB Device” and select “Begin Copying” here. The tool will start converting the ISO image into a bootable “.exe” file.
- Within a couple of minutes, your bootable USB flash drive is ready. Now, go to the USB flash drive and double-click the “Setup.exe” file to start the installation process.
Method # 2: Use RUFUS to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive
For this purpose, use a third-party tool, Rufus. It’s a 100% working and handy tool. You don’t need to follow a long set of instructions. Just download the tool and follow a few clicks. The tool will convert the ISO image into an executable file. Follow the instructions below.
- Download Rufus.
- Connect your pen drive with a PC.
- To create a Windows bootdisk for Windows 7 or XP, select “NTFS” from the drop-down menu.
- Here, you will see a button that is similar to a DVD drive. It’s located the checkbox “Create Bootable Disk Using.” Select this option.
- Select Windows 7 Starter ISO file.
- Click “Start” and Rufus will start converting the ISO image into executable files.
- Within a couple of minutes, your bootable USB drive is ready.
- Connect it with Netbook and restart it to start the installation process.
Method # 3: Create Bootable USB Flash Drive Via Command Prompt
- Open Command Prompt from the Start menu. (Press Shift + F10 to launch Command Prompt.)
- Now, type a few commands here and press the “Enter” key every time.
- LIST DISK
- SEL DIS 1 (Type here the number where you have saved Windows 7 Starter ISO file instead of 1)
- CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (You can select your desired size)
- FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL=”WINDOWS 7”
- Now, select “Install Now” to a particular drive you have created.
- Reboot the Netbook and select “Boot from USB.”
- The system starts loading files. On the Settings page, set your desired language, time and currency format.
- Also set Keyboard or input method and select “Next” from here.
- Now, click the option “Install Now” to start the installation process.
- Select “I Accept the License Terms” from Terms and Conditions page and click “Next.”
- Now, you see two installation options: Custom and Upgrade. Select “Custom” from here if you want to install a fresh copy of Windows. It will delete your current settings and data. If you want to upgrade only, select “Upgrade.”
- Now, select a disk drive where you want to install Windows 7 Starter.
- The system starts copying the files, then the file expanding and installation process starts.
- Wait until the installation reaches 100%. The system will restart multiple times. Don’t interrupt the process by pressing any key.
- Now, add the product key in the given boxes.
- Finally, set the Network connection.
- That’s it. Your Windows 7 Starter is ready to use.
Windows 7 Starter Features
Windows Defender protects your data from malicious software and hackers. It protects your browsing and online communication.
Setting a network is easier due to the Network Wizard in it. It’s easy to set an official and home network by using the network tutorial.
Navigation through the programs and apps is easier now. You don’t need to close a program to switch to another app now. Without closing, switch from one to multiple apps in no time.
Startup, restart, sleep, shutdown and hibernate are faster now. You don’t need to wait for a long time to perform these tasks.
Windows Firewall ensures secure downloading and uploading. Your data is out of the access to unauthorized people. You can browse the internet safely.
Windows 7 Starter has quick settings wizard for Printer and Scanner to facilitate its users.
Windows 7 Starter Limitations
Microsoft has released this edition as an entry-level version. That’s why; it doesn’t have lots of features. Here are the limitations of this edition.
You can’t personalize it. You can’t customize the background, Windows color, theme, and style. Even the sound pattern isn’t customizable.
Windows Media Center is not a part of Windows 7 Starter. It facilitates you to record, rewind, watch or forward the TV programs.
It doesn’t support DVD playback, multi-monitor, and Aero Glass feature.
Due to the lack of Remote Media Streaming, you can’t stream audios and videos from a remote computer.
You can’t open multiple programs. It allows you to open only three apps at a time. Other editions of Windows 7 allow you to open more than three programs.
In short, it’s recommended for Netbooks. That’s why; it has a limited number of features for users. Even Microsoft doesn’t recommend it for PC and Laptops. It’s only used for small Netbooks.