On the majority of new netbook computers currently available you should expect them to come with Windows 7 Starter Edition installed. If you have used Windows 7 or even Vista in the past then things should look pretty familiar to you when you look for what you need to find within the operating system. This version however is rather limited compared to the Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate versions of the OS, but a lot of people will simply not miss what is not found in the Starter Edition.
One of the things regarding Windows 7 Starter Edition that people are often surprised at discovering is the fact that you are not able to change the wallpaper to anything different than what is there by default. This is mostly just an aesthetics issue more than anything else. The customizing that you would expect to be able to do on a netbook computer is otherwise still available aside from this. This version is however designed specifically for the smaller netbooks and it is also a good match for the minimal hardware components that they usually have.
Designed Specifically for Netbooks
When the operating system is designed more minimally like this, it logically makes things go a bit faster since there is actually a reduced overhead from resources running in the background. Sometimes people will blame their computer software for slow performance when in reality it could be the hardware that is actually behind any perceived slowness. The mini laptops under 300 have less powerful hardware in general compared to standard laptops and this is why Windows 7 is so applicable to them. The differences in the versions of Windows 7 would be what ultimately would affect the performance of the netbooks. This includes areas of the OS like power consumption and settings like sleep mode for instance. You probably already know that the longer your laptop stays on battery power the more you have to keep an eye on the amount of charge it has left.
These days with advanced technologies and more cells, batteries can achieve eight hours and more during normal usage. This is great but since the netbook computers are so small they have a bit more limited capacity. The harder they work, the less the battery charge will last between charges. This is where the Starter Edition of the Windows 7 operating system comes into play. Windows Starter is good at keeping things in the background until they are actually needed thus requiring less from the hardware. This in turn extends the charge life. This is not specific to just the netbooks with Windows 7 Starter Edition though as it is true of all laptop computers running any of these versions.
New Netbooks in 2012
Taking note of a few of the newer generation of small laptops in 2012 like the netbooks that have been introduced, we still see the same operating system but some new specifications which may demand more from the battery during heavy use (unless you are on AC power). This includes dual core processors for the netbooks. Consider the Acer Aspire One AOD257 for example. This is one of the small laptops under 300 dollars that uses the Intel Atom N570 which is a dual core processor. Obviously this will enhance performance for tasks including videos which has not always been so great performance wise on a small netbook with a single core processor. Also, it is best to have two gigabytes of RAM instead of sticking with one gigabyte which these netbooks usually come with standard. Other increases in the hardware include the hard drives which are getting upwards of half a terabyte these days. In the case of this Acer netbook though it is 320 gigabytes which is still pretty big.
So even though there may not be as many features available in Windows 7 Starter Edition as there is in the other versions, the OS is designed to work at peak performance with the netbooks.