Yet another reason to get an open source operating system.
MS-Windows 7 started edition can only runs 3 apps at a time. This is worse than MS-DOS limitations. Is Microsoft nuts? You can install Ubuntu and run as many apps you want for the Internet and office work.
This edition is intended for poor, developing nations, Asian and African countries. However, according to MS press release:
We know emerging markets have unique needs and we will offer Windows 7 Home Basic, only in emerging markets, for customers looking for an entry-point Windows experience on a full-size value PC.
We’ll also continue to offer Windows Starter edition, which will only be offered pre-installed by an OEM. Windows Starter edition will now be available worldwide. This edition is available only in the OEM channel on new PCs limited to specific types of hardware.
Do yourself a favor - install free, functional operating system like Fedora or Ubuntu. Do not use crippleware.
=> More info: Living with the limits of Windows 7 Starter Edition