Only Available on Netbooks
The most important thing to know is that Windows 7 Starter edition is exclusively for use on netbook computers. You can’t get it on a standard PC (nor would you want it, in most cases). It may still be offered as an option on the netbook models still available for purchase.
What’s Missing in Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Starter is a significantly stripped-down version of Windows 7. Here’s some of what it’s missing, courtesy of a Microsoft blog posting:
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.
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 who want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.
One feature that will be most missed is the ability to change your desktop’s appearance. Don’t like the background? You’ll have to live with what is included. Note that you also can’t watch DVDs. But if you can live without those features and want the stability and strong performance of Windows 7, it’s an option worth considering.