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TGDaily: Microsoft Relaxes Windows 7 Restrictions for Netbooks



TGDaily is reporting that Microsoft has apparently changed its tune on Windows 7 restrictions for Netbooks. Apparently OEMs and ODMs are now free to install any SKU of Windows 7 on Netbooks, and not limited to Windows 7 Starter. This also means that the three app limitation no longer exists. This doesn’t mean that OEMs will choose a different SKU, just that they have the choice.

Apparently Microsoft is making this change due to reactions to their original plan. If this is indeed the case, the only reason to see Windows 7 Starter edition on a Netbook would be to shave a few pennies off the cost of the device.



  1. GoodThings2Life

    09/28/2009 at 8:06 am

    I could have sworn that over a month ago now they announced there would be no app limit on Starter anymore, but in any case, I could have also sworn they were already allowed to ship it with any flavor they want… just that Starter would only be available to netbooks with certain specs.

  2. SAM

    09/28/2009 at 10:31 am

    Are the netbooks powerful enough to run Windows 7 very
    effeciently or are you better off to get XP?

  3. Amitai Rosenberg

    09/28/2009 at 1:21 pm

    I think Windows 7 is excellent for Netbooks.
    Also, from what I understood, Paul Thurrot says that the performance of Windows 7 Home Premium+ on a Netbook is even better than Starter on a Netbook.

  4. Feralboy

    09/28/2009 at 2:59 pm

    Like GoodThings2Life said. From what I can tell, there’s absolutely nothing correct in this article.

  5. Virtuous

    09/29/2009 at 7:59 pm

    Whatever MS can do to reduce demand for XP the better. The sooner MS stops selling XP the better. Vista and 7 are significantly more secure than XP.

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