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Windows Vista Starter Fact Sheet
The Microsoft Windows operating system remains at the center of the ongoing evolution of the personal computer, enabling users to do more than they ever imagined.

December 2007


The Microsoft Windows operating system remains at the center of the ongoing evolution of the personal computer, enabling users to do more than they ever imagined. Despite the many advances, millions of individuals still have not experienced even the most basic benefits of the PC or accessed the world of social and economic benefits that computing technology can make possible.

Microsoft Unlimited Potential is the company’s commitment to enabling sustained social and economic opportunity for the next 5 billion people, a commitment that requires a focus on providing relevant, accessible and affordable technologies for underserved people everywhere.

In an effort to provide a more affordable and simple introduction to personal computing, and as a result of ongoing collaborations with international governments to improve citizens’ access to technology, Microsoft Corp. developed Windows Starter, an operating system designed for first-time PC owners in emerging technology markets. Windows XP Starter Edition was first released in Thailand in 2004 and has been subsequently released for use in 139 countries and in 24 languages. Since the release, more than 2 million families have experienced a PC for the first time with a Windows Starter-based PC.

With the global release of the Windows Vista operating system, Microsoft introduced Windows Vista Starter, the next generation of the Windows Starter family. Windows Vista Starter is also designed for first-time PC owners in developing markets, but it improves the user experience through the technological advances of Windows Vista.

Windows Vista Starter Features

Windows Vista Starter provides individuals in developing technology markets and their families with the basic computing benefits they want with security and reliability features at an affordable price. Windows Vista Starter includes tools and tutorials to make it easier for those less familiar with computers to learn to use a PC, and runs on affordable entry-level hardware. Benefits of Windows Vista Starter include the following:

Easier to use. Windows Vista Starter features improved help and support tools, including instructional videos and step-by-step tutorials. With Windows Vista Starter, first-time home computer users can run up to three programs concurrently with no limit to the number of windows open.

More reliable. Users gain peace of mind with access to product updates and new updates available only to Windows Genuine Advantage users.

More affordable. Windows Vista Starter offers all the basic features of Windows Vista at a more affordable price.

Windows Vista Starter includes basic Windows Vista features that allow users to take advantage of computing experiences popular with first-time computer users, such as the following:

Internet connectivity. Windows Vista Starter makes it simple to connect to the Internet and browse the Web.

Software and hardware compatibility. Windows Vista Starter will be compatible with a wide range of Windows-based software applications and hardware devices, including printers, speakers and cameras.

Windows user interface. The intuitive Windows user interface makes it easy for users to get up to speed quickly.

Security. Windows Vista Starter users will be able to stay up to date and more secure with the latest security updates delivered in Windows Vista. Parents can also use new parental controls features to help ensure safer use of the computer by their kids.

Communication. Windows Mail and Windows Live Messenger will help make it fun and easy to communicate with friends and family using e-mail and instant messaging.

Digital photography. When users plug in a digital camera to a Windows Vista Starter-based PC, easy-to-use tools help them transfer and store their photos, share photos with family and friends, post photos to a Web site, or even make their own prints with one of the many printers that Windows Vista Starter supports. Windows Vista Starter allows users to access even those pictures located in a shared folder on a separate computer that is not running Windows Vista Starter.

Digital music and video. Windows Vista Starter includes Windows Media Player 11, which allows users to listen to music, watch videos, and burn CDs and DVDs. Windows Vista Starter also includes Windows Movie Maker, which lets users create their own movies.

Windows Vista Starter Geographic and Language Availability

Windows Vista Starter ships on low-cost PCs sold by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Microsoft OEM distributors and will be available in English in all developing technology markets. These markets constitute lower- and middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank. Windows Vista Starter will be released in 70 languages and more than 139 countries.

Windows Vista Starter Pricing

Windows Vista Starter is the most affordable Windows desktop operating system available. Specific pricing information is available to participating PC OEMs and Microsoft OEM distributors.

Windows Vista Starter System Requirements

Windows Vista Starter is designed for low-cost, entry-level PCs running value-based processors only. Please see the current and complete list of processors valid for Windows Vista Starter located under System Requirements here:

Windows Vista Starter has the following system requirements:

800MHz processor (1GHz or higher processor recommended)

A minimum of 384 MB and a maximum of 1 GB of RAM (512 MB recommended)

15 GB of hard disk space (250 GB maximum)

Super VGA 800 x 600 resolution video adapter

Recommended system requirements:

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Monitor, keyboard and Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device

Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory

Internet access (fees may apply)

Audio output capability

For customer stories and video footage of families using Windows Starter:


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