Windows 7 Starter is being sold to users on new netbook PCs only, so it will not ship in a retail version you can purchase individually. Unlike with Windows Vista, it will be sold worldwide to mainstream markets like the United States, and not to developing nations. Despite this, I expect Windows 7 Starter to be pretty rare, even on netbooks. As with previous Windows Starter Edition products, it is limited in some ways: You don't get Windows 7's full mobility capabilities, for example, and can participate in but not create a Home Group. Also, there's no Aero Glass. But unlike with Windows Vista Starter, you can run more than three applications at a time.
These shots depict the final, shipping version of Windows 7 Starter.
Windows 7 Starter will only be delivered via new PCs and, unlike other mainstream Windows 7 versions, only in a 32-bit version.
The Windows 7 Starter desktop, with final wallpaper that is unique to this version.
Even the Start Menu is simpler, with just three items displayed by default (PC makers will add more).
Start Menu: All Programs.
Start Menu: Accessories.
Start Menu: Games. Starter Edition ships only with basic games, and not the so-called premium games.
Start Menu: Maintenance.
Yes, Virginia, Starter edition really does ship with system image backup. What's missing, of course, is automatic, network-based backups.