Windows 7 Starter Edition allows wireless connection sharing

Windows 7 Starter Edition is known for being a cheap and rather limited version of Microsoft's operating system. It was believed that, amongst the features disabled, wireless connection sharing was cut, also. However, it's now been discovered that the feature is quite simply hidden, and not completely disabled.

The hidden feature was discovered by Rafael Rivera, on his Within Windows blog, as he was digging into some open source software bundled with netbooks, from an unnamed OEM. He explained, "This week, I was disassembling software that a major, to-remain-nameless OEM, put out for their netbook customers. I was ready to call them out on code that deliberately bypassed a licensed feature check in Windows, enabling ad-hoc wireless networking... but when I booted up an Eee PC, ad-hoc wireless networking worked out of the box."

Rivera continued to state that apparently you're still licensed to use the feature, but not licensed to use the shortcut to it. In order to get an ad-hoc network running on your Windows 7 Starter machine, you'll have to go through the tedious process of typing 'adhoc' into the Start Menu search bar.

It's believed that this is a mistake, and now that the news is out in the open, a fix will arrive shortly to help patch up the irregularity.

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thealexweb said,
So Microsoft is now really going out of its way to remove functionality, **** off Microsoft.

Do you complain that Office student edition doesn't contain every Office program?

I know this Windows example is a bit extreme, but everything has a price.

Kirkburn said,
Do you complain that Office student edition doesn't contain every Office program?

I know this Windows example is a bit extreme, but everything has a price.

The price is arbitrary. Is it a fair price? That is what the debate is about.

thealexweb said,
So Microsoft is now really going out of its way to remove functionality, **** off Microsoft.

Starter edition is designed to run on netbooks so it makes since they would strip a bunch of functionality. They wont put starter edition on a full laptop or desktop system. And anyone in their right mind or half a brain wouldnt go from XP/Vista to 7 Starter.

techbeck said,
Starter edition is designed to run on netbooks so it makes since they would strip a bunch of functionality. They wont put starter edition on a full laptop or desktop system. And anyone in their right mind or half a brain wouldnt go from XP/Vista to 7 Starter.

Not if they had a choice. Its OEM only, remember? If the brand new netbook comes pre-installed with Win7 Starter (and evidently they have to pay for the license), screwed without a choice.

So get a netbook that DOESN'T come with win7 started, so you don't (pay the license) and then get a better SKU with the features you want on it and install that on your netbook.

Win7 starts cost to OEMs is like what? I'd be guessing here, $10 a copy?

toadeater said,
The price is arbitrary. Is it a fair price? That is what the debate is about.

No it isn't - or at least, that's not what I replied to.

toadeater said,

The price is arbitrary. Is it a fair price? That is what the debate is about.

I don't think that Windows pricing is that outrageous. People don't really seem to want to pay for anything anymore...

Microsoft should make Windows 7 Starter as it is right now, a free edition. This would help spur PC sales, and encourage users to buy the other versions to get the enhancements (Media Center, Aero, flip, shake, etc) and help prevent pirating. I have 7 Starter on my netbook and it FLIES!! I have run it on a 1 GHZ machine with 512 MB ram and been happy with it. Rock solid, smaller foot print than Vista and better security than XP. It may even do better than linux for most people. I personally have 7 business on my desktop and Home Premium on my laptop at home and paid for it.

Foub said,
It may "fly" but what good is an empty plane???

You can fill it up with what you want I guess. Meh, I use Ultimate.

Crabby_One said,
Microsoft should make Windows 7 Starter as it is right now, a free edition. This would help spur PC sales, and encourage users to buy the other versions to get the enhancements (Media Center, Aero, flip, shake, etc) and help prevent pirating. I have 7 Starter on my netbook and it FLIES!! I have run it on a 1 GHZ machine with 512 MB ram and been happy with it. Rock solid, smaller foot print than Vista and better security than XP. It may even do better than linux for most people. I personally have 7 business on my desktop and Home Premium on my laptop at home and paid for it.

I would certainly agree if they done something stupid like lock IE to bing or something silly with unobtrusive adverts maybe on login/startup and throw windows 7 starter as a free OS to toy with and promote Windows 7 Anytime upgrade at a cost would make a good business plan.

It's still hilarious Microsoft actually brought out a Windows version that is so crippled that you aren't even allowed to change the damn wallpaper. Or did they finally come to their senses and decided otherwise?

.Neo said,
It's still hilarious Microsoft actually brought out a Windows version that is so crippled that you aren't even allowed to change the damn wallpaper.

Agreed...why I slapped on Home Pre on my netbook.

.Neo said,
It's still hilarious Microsoft actually brought out a Windows version that is so crippled that you aren't even allowed to change the damn wallpaper. Or did they finally come to their senses and decided otherwise?

Yeah, I thought that was a strange limitation the first time it was announced. I'm shocked that they stuck with that too to be quite honest. They appear to have invested a lot of time into locking that down as well. Really silly IMO.