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Windows 7 Starter Edition - multiple monitors

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  • I am thinking of buying a netbook with Windows 7 Starter Edition.  I've read up on the limitations and can live with most of them.  However, I am unsure about the lack of multiple monitor support.  What exactly does this mean?  Does it mean that I can't extend the desktop onto an external display, and, say have a different program open on each screen, or does it prevent me from cloning the netbook screen onto an external video source such as a projector?  If the former, then I'll definitely buy it; if the latter, then it won't work for me, because I can't use it to run PowerPoint presentations.

    Many thanks in advance if anyone can clarify.

    Gary
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:09 AM

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  • I am thinking of buying a netbook with Windows 7 Starter Edition.  I've read up on the limitations and can live with most of them.  However, I am unsure about the lack of multiple monitor support.  What exactly does this mean?  Does it mean that I can't extend the desktop onto an external display, and, say have a different program open on each screen, or does it prevent me from cloning the netbook screen onto an external video source such as a projector?  If the former, then I'll definitely buy it; if the latter, then it won't work for me, because I can't use it to run PowerPoint presentations.

    Many thanks in advance if anyone can clarify.

    Gary
    The Starter Edition is extremely limited and is intended to be used with ultra low cost netbooks. Its intended to stave off Linux. If your netbook has an external VGA, the hardware will switch to that as the primary display. It will not use both.



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    Thursday, October 22, 2009 1:44 AM

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  • Hi, What you need to look out for is VGA connection on the laptop which is used in connecting to an external display.

    Slan go foill, Paul
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:39 AM
  • Paul,

    Thanks for your reply.  However, I'd realised that I needed the physical connection.  The issue is that Windows 7 Starter Edition has a limitation of not allowing multiple monitors.  My query is what this means: is it that you can't have dual screens (i.e. two desktops) or that you can't have a cloned display of both screens showing the same thing?

    Gary
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1:19 PM
  • Hi, I have tried to find out more, but there is very little info about the starter version, most are recommending Home Edition.

    For you I would think the business or Pro versions maybe more useful.

    Slan go foill, Paul
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:01 PM
  • I just purchased a netbook with Windows 7 starter that has an external monitor port.  I didn't realize that multiple monitor feature was not available in Windows 7 when I purchased it.  When I plugged in the external monitor, I was able to move my desktop to the external monitor with the built in monitor turned off, or I was able to use both monitors together as a mirror image of one another, but it prevented me from extending my desktop to the external monitor.

    I'm now wondering why I didn't purchase the cheaper netbook that came with Windows XP and came with multiple monitor capability out of the box.

    Also, the comment above about the Windows 7 Starter edition trying to compete with Linux doesn't seem to be true, because Linux allows you to extend your desktop, while Windows 7 Starter edition does not.

    I believe Windows Vista had multiple editions too.... seems like Windows 7 is going down the same path that Vista did.  Guess MS didn't learn from their mistakes.

    Just got to say this... Windows 7 wasn't my idea and I'm damn proud of it!
    Saturday, November 21, 2009 2:51 PM
  • This feature is enabled in all versions of windows except starter editions. Windows Starter, Vista Starter, XP Starter. Thats why i hate my Netbook With 7 starter, too many limitations i must upgrade or downgrade to vista pro, home, or premium. I dont understand why windows would even make starter you cant even change your desktop background. Starter is so bad that in the US and Canada the only way you can get it is by buying a Netbook. You cant buy a copy of starter.
    Saturday, April 10, 2010 1:47 PM
  • you can change your background with no bad effects using oceanis program its smooth and seemless but yes you can only clone both displays,windows starter 7 im in the process of switching to linux ubuntu its a little different but simular and both my laptops are faster and run 40percent cooler and the os is free i have dual boot on both and so far works well i even put it on my netbook
    Monday, May 17, 2010 3:17 PM
  • I just bought a netbook with Windows 7 starter edition and had no problem changing my desktop background. I do however hate the fact that it doesn't support extending your desktop in dual monitor display, allowing only a mirror image.
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:13 AM
  • if youhave a credit card you can update to home premium or windows 7 professional  using the "windows upgrade anytime" program in your start menu, i believe they both support extended desktop or monitor usage. hope this helps

     

    • Proposed as answer by buckdaddy plus Monday, January 31, 2011 6:08 AM
    Monday, January 31, 2011 6:03 AM
  • What a terrible OS!!!! I spent over an hour, thinking I had an issue with my onboard video card overriding my PCI card. I can't believe Windows Starter doesn't offer extended display. What garbage.
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 3:40 AM
  • Hi everyone

     

    I was in the same boat I have a gateway netbook and I wanted to extend my monitor.

    I happened to have ubuntu on my netbook as well I just used ubuntu to extend my monitor it took about 2 min to figure it out , I didn't bother with the windows 7 starter limitations, its just a waste of time. Although if you have the money you can upgrade to the next version of windows that supports extending your monitor.

    Saturday, August 27, 2011 2:02 PM
  • Can someone please explain this one more time in laymen's terms?  What do you mean by "extend the monitor" vs. "mirroring the monitor"?

    I want to buy a netbook with Windows 7 Starter, and I want to be able to connect the netbook to a larger 26" monitor via RGB port and then work off of that connected monitor.

    So, I would be typing on the netbook's keyboard but viewing the display on the 26" monitor connected via RGB port instead of the netbook's tiny 10.1" screen.  It would not matter to me if the netbook screen was blank at the time: I just want to be able to work off of the 26" monitor.

    Will this be possible with Windows 7 Starter?  Thanks for any insights.

     


    • Edited by honnold Friday, December 09, 2011 9:45 PM
    Friday, December 09, 2011 9:42 PM
  • By "extending the monitor" you would be able to use both monitors as one.  In other words, you could drag a window from one monitor to the other.  By mirroring the monitor, you just see the same thing on both monitors.  I ran across your post while trying to figure out why I could not "extend" my monitor.  I just wasted a couple of hours trying to make a project a bit easier by viewing my spreadsheet on one monitor while making appropriate corrections in QuickBooks on the other.  Glad I finally figured out this is not possible with "starter" systems.

    Hope this helps.

     

    Diana

    • Proposed as answer by Diana Stanley Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:45 AM
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:41 AM
  • To answer your question.......Yes you would be able to connect a monitor to view and just use the netbook's keyboard.
    • Proposed as answer by Diana Stanley Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:45 AM
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:45 AM
  • I'm afraid you are wrong at two levels - both factually, and in the way your answer exhibits your understanding of how hardware and operating systems work together. The thread is about the OS - no specific hardware is mentioned. I have a netbook (Samsung NP110) which dual boots Win7 starter and ubuntu. I can only mirror displays in Win7 starter, I can have two separate desktops / viewports in ubuntu. In other words the hardware is perfectly happy to support two desktops provided the operating system can deliver them.
    Tuesday, August 13, 2013 1:04 PM