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I think Microsoft wants me to pay for a dual monitor setup for my Acer Netbook (I get it for free with Unbuntu Netbook remix).

I'd be willing to upgrade but I wouldn't put it past them to make me believe paying to have Windows 7 upgraded will let me use my netbook's screen along with another monitor when in fact it won't.

Has anyone upgraded their netbook to Windows 7? Can you have a dual monitor setup?

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Upgrading to at least Home Basic should give you multiple monitor support. According to this post on the Microsoft forums, starter is the only version without support for it.

I would first make sure you can use both monitors with netbook remix. Some netbooks with a VGA output have hardware limitations that will disable the built in screen when an external monitor is plugged in.

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Is Home Basic even available unless you're in an "emerging market"? –  user3463 Jan 28 '11 at 0:53
    
in my post I mention that I'm aware of dual monitor support in Ubuntu Remix. I'm dual booting W7S and UBNR 10.04 –  DJTripleThreat Jan 28 '11 at 0:54
    
@Randolph probably not. –  John T Jan 28 '11 at 0:55
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@DJT I wasn't sure if you tested it by that statement. In that case you do not have the hardware limitation. –  John T Jan 28 '11 at 0:57

Windows 7 Start Edition is limited to one monitor - you are correct. See here:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itprogeneral/thread/39c6bdee-ee7a-442b-842b-c46fefdbd111

If you upgrade that restriction will be removed.

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It is disabled on Windows 7 Starter edition (see this chart on Wikipedia).

As for the netbook running a bigger version of Windows, your mileage may vary, but it will be slower. Home Premium will get you multiple monitor support, but you may have to disable certain features.

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