How to Download and Install Windows 7 Starter on Your Netbook
If you have a netbook that came with Windows 7 Starter edition pre-installed, you might want to reinstall it for various reasons. However, finding the Windows 7 Starter ISO file can be tricky, as it is not available on Microsoft's official website. In this article, we will show you how to download and install Windows 7 Starter on your netbook using a USB flash drive.
What is Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Starter is a simplified version of Windows 7 that was designed for low-end computers, especially netbooks. It has some limitations, such as not being able to change the desktop wallpaper, not supporting Aero effects, and only allowing three applications to run at the same time. However, it still offers the basic features of Windows 7, such as security, networking, and compatibility.
Where to Download Windows 7 Starter ISO
Since Microsoft does not provide a direct download link for Windows 7 Starter ISO, you will need to use a workaround. The idea is to download the Windows 7 Ultimate ISO file, which contains all the editions of Windows 7, and then remove a file called ei.cfg that determines which edition will be installed. This way, you can choose Windows 7 Starter during the installation process.
Here are the steps to download Windows 7 Starter ISO:
Download the Windows 7 Ultimate ISO file in your language (it has to be 32 bits for Starter) from here.
Download the ei.cfg Removal Utility from here. This is a small tool that will delete the ei.cfg file from the ISO image.
Extract the ei.cfg Removal Utility zip file and run the eicfg_remover.exe file.
Browse to where the Windows 7 Ultimate ISO file is stored and open it.
The tool will remove the ei.cfg file and save the modified ISO file in the same location.
How to Install Windows 7 Starter on Your Netbook
Now that you have the Windows 7 Starter ISO file ready, you will need to create a bootable USB flash drive with it. You will also need a valid product key for Windows 7 Starter that came with your netbook or that you purchased separately.
Here are the steps to install Windows 7 Starter on your netbook:
Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from here. This is a simple tool that will help you copy the ISO file to a USB flash drive.
Run the tool and browse to where the Windows 7 Starter ISO file is stored and select it.
Select USB device as the media type and choose your USB flash drive from the list. Make sure it has at least 4 GB of free space.
Click Begin copying and wait for the process to finish.
Once done, eject your USB flash drive and plug it into your netbook.
Restart your netbook and press F12 repeatedly until you see a boot menu. Choose USB Memory device as the boot option and press Enter.
The Windows 7 setup will start. Follow the instructions on the screen and when prompted, choose Windows 7 Starter as the edition you want to install.
Enter your product key when asked and accept the license terms.
Select Custom (advanced) as the installation type and choose where you want to install Windows 7 Starter. You can format or delete any existing partitions if you want to start fresh.
Click Next and wait for the installation to complete.
Once done, you can enjoy your netbook with Windows 7 Starter! aa16f39245