Even OEMs forbidden to change Windows 7 Starter Edition wallpaper

June 19, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Windows 7We should be thankful that Microsoft finally came to their senses regarding the three-application limit in Windows 7 Starter Edition, which has now been reversed. Windows 7 Starter Edition will mainly be found in netbooks when the operating system launches in October. As a result, the license is expected to be significantly cheaper, than for example, Windows 7 Home Premium.

As a cheaper SKU, you obviously expect some compromise, so that Microsoft can try to up-sell pricier versions of Windows 7. One of these compromises was the three-app limit (now removed) and another is the inability to change desktop wallpaper. We’ve commented in the past how ridiculous this is, but now we have heard that Microsoft has even forbidden its partners and OEM’s to change the wallpaper.

OEMs often change the desktop wallpaper before shipping netbooks to one of their brand, in fact most do that I’ve come across. What this means is that we will be stuck with whatever image Microsoft decides to use for the Starter Edition. Now I can understand that for end-users, Microsoft is trying to make them upgrade, but I really can’t understand what reason Microsoft would have to restrict personalisation options for OEMs.

The actual image used for the Windows 7 Started Edition desktop is still a mystery right now. The cynic in me suggests that I wouldn’t bet against Microsoft using something reasonably bland.

Via Within Windows [via The Register].


23 Responses to “Even OEMs forbidden to change Windows 7 Starter Edition wallpaper”

  1. Fanfoot said:
    June 20th, 2009 1:45 AM

    Actually, this is probably a good idea. Do you really one some big advertisement from your OEM as your wallpaper? As long as Microsoft picks something boring, like a blue background or whatever and not a big:


    that’ll be fine.

  2. Dretza said:
    November 6th, 2009 2:55 PM

    yes it is the standard blue background with the windows logo in lighter blue in the center.. while not a big deal, it was a bit frustrating as i spent 15 minutes trying to change it on my daughters little Acer I just purchased for her 🙂

  3. Mark said:
    November 11th, 2009 3:25 PM

    You can use Stardock MyColors to change wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter.

  4. LoneTraceur said:
    November 12th, 2009 1:07 PM

    View my screencast here to change your wallpaper in Win 7 Starter: