Why would manufacturers deprive their customers of something as cheap as memory?
Blame Microsoft and its passive-aggressive rules governing Win 7 Starter. The Redmond, Wash., company will license this edition for sale only on computers with 1 GB or less of memory and a screen no larger than 10.2 inches.
Microsoft won't explain those and other restrictions or even confirm outside reports of them, although computer vendors had no problem reciting the details.
It's Microsoft. No further explanation necessary.