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    HP brings back Windows 7 'by popular demand'...,


    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 HP’s website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.
    HP brings back Windows 7 'by popular demand' | The Verge





    Queue the barely concealed insults from the tifkam fanbase.

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    As a working PC Tech, I can certainly relate to that, with a resounding "Hurah!" and maybe even a "Yikes!".

    I can certainly relate to anyone who doesn't like the look or feel of Windows 8.
    I've had to set up several PC's now, with Windows 8 on them and without the "Classic Shell", the new owners
    would be completely lost.

    Having Windows 8 on my own laptop for several months, I've wiped the drive and reloaded Windows 7.
    Incompatibilities in Windows 8 were most of the problem. Windows 7 seems to just run everything.

    I wonder how many other PC makers will follow HP's lead. ???

    Nice post!
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    There's still "popular" demand for HP? Poor cooling designs, MacBook clones, printers that collapse and die from just being looked at, and the overall lack of genuine innovation? Ok...

    Instead, they should take a page out of Lenovo's book. You don't see them pulling this sort of thing.

    Anyways, I was reading around and the reason why HP's doing this is to basically give Microsoft the middle finger because Microsoft isn't being too keen on them as of late with their chromebook launch.

    Out of the few dozen installs I've done with Windows 8/8.1 and being able to convince people, WITH LOGIC, why and how Windows 8.1 is better than 7 (of course customizing parts of the UI so it isn't too scary); I don't get it.
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    This is a terrible idea and seems to be a last ditch effort to gain some mediocre business.

    Even putting Android on their devices isn't going to help them. They've harmed themselves in producing crappy hardware over the years and nothing will reverse that.

    Windows 7 is good, but I would never go back to it. 8.1 just works beautifully on my desktop and Surface 2. Looking forward to some awesome news in April at Build when MS gives us more info on how they can make it better for those looking towards that "One" experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    There's still "popular" demand for HP? Poor cooling designs, MacBook clones, printers that collapse and die from just being looked at, and the overall lack of genuine innovation? Ok...
    Why do you feel the need to launch an attack on anything that disagrees with your win8 views...???

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Instead, they should take a page out of Lenovo's book. You don't see them pulling this sort of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post

    I wonder how many other PC makers will follow HP's lead. ???

    Nice post!
    TechnoMage
    I think (unsure) that Lenovo has been doing something like this since 8's release, and have been dominating the market because of it. If not them, then it's for sure is someone else. I read about it a few months ago. Maybe Toshiba instead.

    Just now looking at laptops on Toshiba's site, lots of them have this as standard:

    "Windows 7 Professional (Windows 8.1 Pro license and recovery media included)"
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    The quick and simple of it is if you have a touch screen, you may want 8.1. If not, you can use whatever version, even 8.1 and before it.

    I guess it really is hard to figure out according to those that can't figure it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterChief View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post

    I wonder how many other PC makers will follow HP's lead. ???

    Nice post!
    TechnoMage
    I think (unsure) that Lenovo has been doing something like this since 8's release, and have been dominating the market because of it. If not them, then it's for sure is someone else. I read about it a few months ago. Maybe Toshiba instead.

    Just now looking at laptops on Toshiba's site, lots of them have this as standard:

    "Windows 7 Professional (Windows 8.1 Pro license and recovery media included)"
    Bingo! Here is one article of what I read. There was some else that talked about how a company is reaping it in because of pushing 7 over 8, but that might not even be Toshiba either - something entirely different lol:

    Toshiba: 99 percent of our business sales are Windows 7 | ZDNet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Instead, they should take a page out of Lenovo's book. You don't see them pulling this sort of thing.
    Afraid not they have offered Win7 on all internet orders that is why they have bucked the PC down fall.
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    Lenovo have been doing it too. HP are a bit late, they would have been better getting them in stores in serious numbers before Xmas buying season. That certainly wouldn't have turned it all around and prevented some moving to tablets, but may have helped to stem the losses.

    "back by popular demand" is quite amusing, though.
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