Networking in Windows 7 Starter

With Windows 7 Starter, your computer can be part of a wired or wireless network and can connect to the Internet. For more information about networks, see What are the different Internet connection methods?

You can also use devices that are connected to a network, such as a network printer, as long as your computer is connected to the same network. However, certain network features are unavailable:

  • Creating a homegroup. A computer running Windows 7 Starter can join a homegroup, but you can't use it to create a homegroup. For more information, see Join a homegroup.

  • Internet Connection Sharing. A computer running Windows 7 Starter can't use Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to share its Internet connection with other computers on the network. With Windows 7 Starter, you must use a router to share an Internet connection among several computers. For more information, see Setting up a home network.

  • Connecting to a domain. Computers running Windows 7 Starter can't connect to a domain.

  • Ad hoc networking. A computer running Windows 7 Starter can't create an ad hoc network (also called a computer-to-computer network), but it can be part of an ad hoc network. Ad hoc networks are often used for a specific purpose, such as playing a multiplayer computer game.

  • Network bridging. A computer running Windows 7 Starter can't create a network bridge, but it can communicate with computers on a different network by being part of a network bridge. To create a network bridge, you must use a computer running an edition of Windows 7 other than Starter.

For information on upgrading to another edition of Windows 7, see Upgrade to another edition of Windows 7 by using Windows Anytime Upgrade.

To upgrade now

  • Open Windows Anytime Upgrade by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type anytime upgrade, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Anytime Upgrade .