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Windows 8 is a one way street for consumer PC users

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    Windows 8 is a one way street for consumer PC users


    If you buy a Windows 8-powered HP consumer PC, or from any other PC vendor, you'll get no help from them if you decide you'd rather have Windows 7. And Linux? Forget about it!

    PC companies call it downgrading, but many users just call it being sensible. You buy a new computer, and instead of using the bleeding edge operating system it came with, you move to an operating system you trust. With ordinary Windows 8 on Hewlett-Packard (HP) consumer PC, or any other vendor's retail PC, though, you're stuck with Windows 8.



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    Windows 8 is a one way street for consumer PC users | ZDNet


    See also:
    HP clarifies Windows 8 consumer PC downgrade and warranties
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Nov 2012 at 19:34.

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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    I want to keep my good mood , so I will not comment on HP
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    Windows 7 Pro 64

    how is this News?


    What is new about that? If I buy a PC or any other device (i.e. car) that manufacturer will support it (whatever that support is worth... if I have a W7 problem I just use google...). but if I change it they won't support it. This is just natural.

    I don't think Apple will help me if i use W8 on an Macintosh either, they help if i kept the original OSX (or whatever they use)

    I don't remember a car manufacturer supporting my car (meaning warranty) if I flash the chip to get more horsepower out of it.

    They sell me a W8 PC and if i alter it and install a new OS, this new OS is my problem, not theirs.

    I can't imagine anyone here on the forum who is selling PCs for a living supports the PC they built for other people if they screw it up by installing some other OS, or flashing a ROM ec. (unless they are just really friendly...)

    Edit: and someone who buys HP/Dell PCs doesn't down or upgrade anyway... those people don't even know that there are different versions of Windows and probably think the PC itself is " made by windows", not HP. Someone who can deal with Linux, for sure can order a few pieces of hardware on Newegg and just put a PC together himself anyway. this seems a moot point.
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    It's not new, 4-5 years ago when someone purchase a Dell with Vista, you can't find XP drivers on their website, it was not supported
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    Windows 8 Pro


    That makes no sense to purchase a Windows 8 PC and then downgrade to Windows 7.............

    Don't like windows 8... that's ok... don't buy a Windows 8 PC.

    Or

    Purchase a new PC with Windows 8 and a boxed version of Windows 7. The you will have support. Will cost you more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbfoster View Post
    That makes no sense to purchase a Windows 8 PC and then downgrade to Windows 7.............

    Don't like windows 8... that's ok... don't buy a Windows 8 PC.

    Or

    Purchase a new PC with Windows 8 and a boxed version of Windows 7. The you will have support. Will cost you more.
    It's not easy to find a pc that doesn't come with Windows 8 now.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    That's why I put in, buy the boxed version of Windows 7........
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Be aware they are talking about Windows 8 Core which is the default OS on these PCs. Windows 8 Pro does have downgrade rights but to get it you have to pay HP $70 to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro when you buy the system. Some vendors still offer Windows 7 and can for the next 2 years. So watch the specs and be sure you know what you are getting.

    Jim
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    Win 8.1 Pro


    More scare mongering from the anti-windows crowd.
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  10. #10


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    The answer is simple.

    Get your machine from a manufacturer who cares about their customers and does help them to use win7 if they prefer.
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