Originally Posted by strollin
My wife has had an Asus eeePC with Win 7 Starter on it for about 2 years now and we haven't encountered any limitations with it. Believe me that I would upgrade it in a heartbeat if it was needed.
Can you give any SPECIFIC limitations that you encountered?
The 2 main reasons to go with Pro are the need to login to a domain (doubt the OP needs this) and the ability to use XP Mode (netbooks are generally not well equipped to do this).
Before I begin, xp mode aint worth ****. :/
If you know how to use program compatibility found in windows vista - windows 8 its easy to get "some" old programs or drivers to jump start.
I've used xp mode 3 times laughed and stopped using it.
To your main question have a look at this:
Windows 7 editions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Scroll down abit and compare edition to editon.
Out of all 4 windows 7 os I mostly prefered professional.
Now pricewise, retail can be abit too much in certain stores or online shops.
If you know where to look for microsoft products that are abit cheaper, approved by microsoft and legal to sell.
You can walk away with a genuine product key for not very much.
Lastly speaking for the thread starter if he or she wants to keep starter edition I got no problem with that.
If they want something that has most features to boot from windows 7 pro would be a good one.