Today we got The Kid a netbook so that he has a small computer for homework and to start going online and entering (with supervision) that world.
However, like most small laptops it comes with “Windows 7 Starter Edition.” This is the most basic version of Windows 7, with the fewest features. Now from what I’ve been able to determine most of the features between this level, and the next lowest level are ones that we really don’t need on a small laptop. But – and I’m sure that the gnomes in Redmond did this just to frustrate people into buying the more expensive OS version – one of the features that they left out is desktop customization: you cannot change the background picture from the boring (and not that attractive) default.
After some brief discussion we decided to name the computer “K9″ (having run out of spaceships and moved onto robots for at least some computers). Following my tradition, I located a picture of K9 to use as the background but no matter what I tried (and I tried quite a few solutions offered on the Internet), nothing would permanently change the background.
As I’ve said, I’m sure that feature was left out more to encourage people to buy the upgrade then because it wasn’t needed. And I’ll probably end up springing for the upgrade just so that I can fix this problem (at least for when I’m borrowing the computer).
I won’t be buying one for myself anytime soon. If I had the money, I’d need to spend it on fixing up my Linux box first (see my earlier post today).