Skip to comments.HP brings back Windows 7 by popular demand
Posted on 01/20/2014 12:35:23 PM PST by dangerdoc
HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that "Windows 7 is back." A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of "savings," has launched on HPs website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsofts touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.
(Excerpt) Read more at theverge.com ...
I’m there. W7 is fairly stable. As long as the drivers are available.
“Im there. W7 is fairly stable. As long as the drivers are available.”
Be aware that Microsoft is dropping all support for Windows 7 in 2015, so it won’t be around for long.
I recently bought a Lenovo laptop. One of the main selling points for me was it having Windows 7 installed. The Windows 8 upgrade disks were included, but no way they are going on my machine.
After the stunt msoft just pulled on the people using 8.1 preview and the grief involved in downloading software items with all the foist-ware which appears to have crept in since the last time I did that, I’m thinking more and more in terms of LINUX. There was no warning that I ever saw.
It takes 2 minutes to install “classic shell” on windows 8, which bypasses metro on start and gives you a windows 7 interface.
That eliminates any reason I can see for preferring windows 7 over 8.
Wow, I just looked it up, support ends in less than a year from now, who do they think they are, HTC?
That’s too bad, because an OEM can set up Win 8 to be just like Win 7, but better.
They may say so now as a ploy to get people to upgrade to Windows 8, but I would bet it will be a later date, maybe much later. XP which has been out a lot longer is scheduled to have MS support dropped this April and I do believe in that cutoff date.
I hate my HP windows 8. I have downloaded a program to make it palatable. My laptop is a warrantee replacement. It replaced a slightly different laptop that had the much better windows 7.
I need to call them about retro fitting it.
I use Start 8, it makes Win 8.1 usable but the right menu pops up about every other time I use the mouse, I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but it is very annoying.
I’ve less love for HP laptops than I do for Windows 8.
Extended support lasts until 2020, so it’s still got life.
Too many business have JUST upgraded to Win 7 from XP to make ending support in a year realistic.
Oh, no! I like XP.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1
End of mainstream support January 13, 2015
End of extended support January 14, 2020
Windows lifecycle fact sheet
And MS just announced last week that XP will keep offering anti-malware updates until July 2015 (Microsoft: Windows XP anti-malware support to last into 2015)
Be aware that *I’m* dropping support for Microsoft Windows in 2014.
For your Ping list...
HP is getting out of the consumer PC and laptop business.
Likely they are just trying to clear out remaining backstock of machines with Win 7 installed.
I just bought an Asus Ultrabook w/1920 monitor - better aesthetics and build quality than Apple Air.
I came with Win8 and I immediately upgraded to 8.1.
My old netbook was Win7 and, although I never used Win8, the new 8.1 is VERY nice. The “Start” menu is different with the tiles but I can easily switch to a “normal” desktop.
Blazing fast with a Full (1920) HD monitor with extraordinary resolution.
I forgot to add I have successfully installed Office 2003 Pro including Outlook 2003 on the new Win8.1 Asus Ultrabook - they all run perfectly.
I have 0 love for Has Problems HP stuff. When people contact me about fixing their boxes and when I did warranty service, 80% were HP.
select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of “savings,”
Wow... Windows 8 is the new WiiU apparently
Bring back WORD 6.0!!!!!
I wish this had come out a few months ago.
were the rest Toshiba?
I remember Wordpad
Dell has been selling W7 all along. I have a W7 system laptop and just replaced my 8 year old XP lappy with a new DEll W8.1. There is a W8 learning curve.
I took advantage of a Black Friday special at DEll and got a $150.00 discount.
My point was old, 2003 programs installed & operate perfectly on Win8.1 and is contrary to the myth perpetuated by MS attackers.
Sadly, apple phanboiz are even worse....
If you have a touchpad, and a touchpad properties program, go into it and disable the edge swipes under gestures.
Android 4.3 update on my Note 2 broke tethering (provider approved) and wifi hotspot on Windows 8.1. It works perfectly on Windows 7 and Lubuntu.
You realize Office 2003 support ends in April 2014
Hmmm ... I think it's less to do with positioning Windows 7 over Windows 8 and more to do with giving consumers an option to save $150. There's also the fact that many folks don't like Windows 8 for a plethora of reasons and this is a smart marketing move by HP to attract customers away from other PC vendors who may not be offering this option.
A fine example of Capitalism at work, IMO>
Your comment is irrelevant.
The issue was people falsely propagating a myth that Win 8.1 cannot run old programs.
My experience indicates Win 8.1 DOES indeed run older programs such as 2003 Office/Outlook that I was running on Win7.
yep, verrrrrry interrrressstingggg
I upgraded to 8 about 2 months ago, and have actually come to like it. Very stable. It just takes some getting used to. But I would never go back.
How do I install classic shell? I have a computer with 7, but this windows 8 is freakin awful.
If you have a license for Win8, I believe you already have the right to “downgrade” it to 7, whether HP will do anything for you or not. So IOW, you already have a license, you just need to find some Win7 install media somewhere.
Shoot, I liked Word for DOS better than the alternatives (primarily Word Perfect). Winword is...OK, relative to the alternatives, but not impressively good like Word for DOS was.
Word for DOS
Still sounds funny to me.
Or as we liked to call it at the time “Word for DOGS”, replace by “Word for Widows”!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.