The reason that users of Windows 7 buy one version over another is the features that the OS offers. Microsoft removes features from the cheaper versions of the OS to entice people to buy the more feature laden versions.
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One of the features that Microsoft removed from the Starter version popular on netbooks allows for wireless connection sharing. The ad hoc wireless networking allows Windows users to share wireless connections among several computers.
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Starter edition was thought to lack this feature, but it seems Microsoft left the feature in and simply removed the links to it in the Set Up a Connection Dialog. The feature is hidden inside the Starter edition and you just have to search for "ad hoc" from the start menu. You can bet Microsoft will close this workaround in an update though.