Microsoft has released different editions of the Windows 7 operating system; all with distinct capabilities and restrictions. Especially the Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions are limited in this regard.
One result of the limitation is that (some) core operating system features are not supported by these editions..
It is for instance not possible to change the desktop wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter, or access other personalization options that the other Windows 7 editions support.
The portable software Personalization Panel is an attempt to change that by offering a personalization solution to Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Starter users.
The developer has created two videos that demonstrate the programs capabilities in the operating system editions.
The software integrates several features into the Starter and Home Basic editions, namely:
The program is easy to use, and can be started without installation. The program window looks similar to the personalization window that Microsoft displays to users in other editions of Windows 7.
You can select a different theme, change the wallpaper of the desktop, or window colors among other things using the program. All options are just a click away.
It supports various display languages that are automatically set on startup. It does require the installation of the free software UxStyle though, which is needed to make the editions compatible with non-native themes.
The program download is available at the developer's website.
Users of Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic have finally a tool at hand to personalize their operating system, almost the same way that users of other Windows 7 editions do.
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