Windows 7 Starter Edition 3 Applications Limit Removed

Now that's really interesting. Recently we blogged about the weird 3 applications limit in Windows 7 Starter Edition:

Windows 7 Restricted Edition

Windows 7 Starter Edition contains 3 applications limit, i.e. you can't run more than 3 applications simultaneously. If 3 programs are already running and you try to run a new program, you get following message:


Now it seems that Microsoft is going to remove this 3 app limit from Windows 7 Starter Edition. Today Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 Starter Edition will not have this limit and users will be able to run as many applications as they want.

Brandon LeBlanc @ Windows 7 Team Blog said:

For the first time, we will be making Windows 7 Starter available worldwide on small notebook PCs. We are also going to enable Windows 7 Starter customers the ability to run as many applications simultaneously as they would like, instead of being constricted to the 3 application limit that the previous Starter editions included.

It is important to note that Windows 7 Starter still includes only a subset of the features offered in the higher editions of Windows 7 such as Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and above. Windows 7 Starter does not include:

  • Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the "Windows Basic" or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
  • Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
  • The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
  • Multi-monitor support.
  • DVD playback.
  • Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
  • Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
  • Domain support for business customers.
  • XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.

That's really a wise move. But what about the changing wallpaper restriction?

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