Microsoft released Windows 7 in six variants. Windows 7 Starter is one of them and it was released for entry-level PCs. It has limited features because it’s for small PCs and netbooks. There are no special features on it. However, users of Windows XP will love using this innovative and securer OS. It’s available for 32-bit netbooks only. Furthermore, it has a geographical restriction and you can get it in South Asian and African countries only. Users in America, Canada, and Australia can’t get it.
Download Windows 7 Starter ISO
Methods to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive [Installation Guide]
First, we have to convert the ISO image into an executable file. So, before moving to the installation guide, we will create a bootable USB flash drive. There are three commonly used methods. You can use any of them to create a bootable USB flash drive. I have discussed all of them below.
Method# 1: Use USB/DVD Download Tool
USB/DVD Download tool is Microsoft’s genuine application to create a bootable USB flash drive. You can use it if you don’t want to take risk of using a third-party tool. It’s easy to use even for a newbie.
Follow the instructions below.
- Download the “USB/DVD Download” tool from Here
- Connect at least an 8GB USB with your Netbook.
- Download Windows 7 Starter ISO from the above section into an accessible place in your system.
- Now, double-click to the “Windows USB/DVD Download” tool and select “Run.”
- When it’s open, select the “Source File” box. Type the path of the ISO image file or use the “Browse” option to locate the ISO.
- Now, select “Next” from here.
- Select “USB Device” and then “Begin Copying” from here. The tool will start converting the ISO image into a bootable “.exe” file.
- Within a couple of minutes, your bootable USB flash drive is ready. Now, go to the USB flash drive and double-click the “Setup.exe” file to start the installation process.
Method # 2: Use RUFUS
If you are a newbie and you want to use a quick way to create a bootable USB flash drive, use Rufus. It’s an easy way to follow. You don’t follow too many instructions in it. Only download the tool and let it work for you automatically.
Follow the instructions below.
- Download Rufus.
- Connect your pen drive with a PC.
- To create a Windows boot disk for Windows 7 or XP, select “NTFS” from the drop-down menu.
- Here, you will see a button that is similar to a DVD drive. It’s located the checkbox “Create Bootable Disk Using.” Select this option.
- Select Windows 7 Starter ISO file.
- Click “Start” and Rufus will start converting the ISO image into executable files.
- Within a couple of minutes, your bootable USB drive is ready.
- Connect it with Netbook and reboot it to start the installation process.
Method # 3: Use Command Prompt
If you don’t want to download any tool, use Command Prompt Administrator. By typing a few commands, you can create a bootable USB flash drive without using an external tool. For this purpose, open Command Prompt Administrator.
- Open Command Prompt from the Start menu. (Press Shift + F10 to launch Command Prompt.)
- Now, type a few commands here and press the “Enter” key every time.
- LIST DISK
- SEL DIS 1 (Replace “1” with the disk number where you have downloaded Windows 7 Starter ISO file)
- CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (You can select your desired size)
- FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL=”WINDOWS 7”
- Now, select “Install Now” to a particular drive you have created.
- Restart the Netbook and select “Boot from USB.”
- The system loads files. On the Settings page, set your desired language, time and currency format.
- Also set Keyboard or input method and select “Next” from here.
- Now, select the option “Install Now” to start the installation process.
- Select “I Accept the License Terms” from Terms and Conditions page and click “Next.”
- Here are two installation options: Custom and Upgrade. If you want to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Starter, select “Custom.” If you want to upgrade only, select “Upgrade.”
- Now, select a disk drive where you want to install Windows 7 Starter.
- The system starts copying the files, then the file expanding and installation process starts.
- During this process, the system will restart multiple times. Don’t press any key and wait until the process is over.
- Now, add the product key in the given boxes.
- Finally, set the Network connection.
- That’s it. Your Windows 7 Starter is ready to use.
Windows 7 Starter Features
Now, Microsoft has included Windows Defender to this OS. It’s a powerful tool to keep your data and personal information protected. It monitors browsing and online communication and protects your data from hackers.
Network Wizard ensures the easier setup of a network. By using it, you can set up a home or office network with a few clicks.
Now, you don’t need to close one app to access another one. Switching from one to another app is easier. Moreover, you can open multiple apps at the same time.
Faster startup brings quick shutdown, start-up, hibernate and sleep. It takes a few moments to restart now.
Now, your downloading/uploading is more secure. No hacker can access your PC and personal information while you are browsing. Windows Firewall protects your browsing experience and you enjoy using a risk-free OS.
You can set up a Printer and Scanner with a quick settings Wizard. The Wizard guides you throughout the process.
Windows 7 Starter Limitations
Since this OS is for entry-level PCs, it has limited features. However, the security is unparalleled. But, this version has some limitations. Here they are.
It doesn’t include customization. You can customize the background, themes, icons, style, and taskbar. Even, it doesn’t allow you to customize the sound pattern and mouse arrow.
It doesn’t support Windows Media Center. So, you can’t record, rewind or forward any TV program.
This OS doesn’t have Aero Glass, DVD playback and multi-monitor support.
You will not find “Remote Media Streaming” in it. So, you can’t use it to stream audio or video files from a PC remotely.
You can open only 3 apps/programs at a time in it. Other variants of Windows 7 allow you to open more than 10 apps.
To sum up, this edition is only for small PCs and netbooks. So, it doesn’t offer a wide range of features.