While most of the computers that are being sold today come with a Windows 7 edition on installed on them, not all of them include the exact same one. In the case of low-cost computers, it is very likely for you to realize that it’s the starter edition that was installed on your computer. The starter edition is a much simpler version of Windows 7, designed mostly for computers that do not have the capacity to run all the options that a full Windows 7 version can offer.
In terms of graphics, there are several options that the Windows 7 starter edition does not have, as opposed to the full version:
- The Aero Glass option, offered by Windows 7 and Windows Vista is not available – classical Windows themes, basically opaque, are the only options.
- The desktop background personalization feature, but also options like sound schemes or window colors are also not included.
- Other graphical options, like multi-monitor options, Windows Media Center or DVD playback.
Obviously, this will present lots of limitations in terms of graphics and in terms of turning your computer into something that perfectly fits your tastes. But just because this task is more difficult than with the typical Windows 7 edition, it doesn’t mean it cannot be done. The starter edition can also be altered to your tastes and if the Desktop Background that was initially installed with it does not strike your fancy, here are the steps to change it.
Since the Windows 7 starter edition does not have all the necessary ingredients to personalize your desktop, you will need to download a few things before starting doing that. There are pieces of software that can be used – search the Internet for the one that suits your needs. You will find more types of available software from simple to complex – choose the one that has what you need but does not seem too complicated to work with.
After you have installed the software, you will need to find a desktop background image that you like. It is likely that the software will also have some options available, but in case that doesn’t happen, the Internet is a great source for you. You will need to use the software to change the theme – just make sure you don’t choose a Windows theme (that will not allow you to change backgrounds later on). After changing the theme, you will be able to choose the wallpaper you like.
Since this entire method implies installing a new program on your computer, it is not glitch-free. All pieces of software you will find are probably built to function on Windows, but since they are created by someone else other than Microsoft, you might experience occasional problems. As silly and simple as that sounds, restarting the program and re-running it should solve any issues you might have; but in case that doesn’t happen, try to search for a different program to change your desktop background. There should be enough options for you to not have a hard time finding one.