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HP just can’t quit Windows 7

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Poor Windows 8. Hewlett-Packard(s hpq) is promoting PCs running Windows 7 in a “back by popular demand” promotion on its website. Kudos to The Verge’s  Tom Warren for spotting and reporting on this noteworthy tidbit. Best Buy is also sending out emailed ads pointing to its own promotion.

For Microsoft this is bad news because it really, really wants folks to move along to its newer and more touchy-feely Windows 8, which launched in October 2012.  Windows 7 is, after all, four years old. Meanwhile,  HP — and some other constituencies want to know what the big rush is. (Windows 9 is reportedly on tap for a 2015 release.)

HP Windows 7 promo

As has been pointed out ad nauseum, Microsoft Windows is a victim of its own success. Various incarnations of the OS run hundreds of millions of desktops and laptops, but the percentage of those devices running Windows 8 is anyone’s guess, and WInodws 9 is rumored to be due next year. The venerable Windows XP, which launched in 2001 (!), will be “end of lifed” in April, sparking massive upgrades for tens of thousands of ATMs that run the OS as well as millions of PCs. But Microsoft is waffling even on that, recently saying it will provide malware updates for XP into July 2015.

The fact that HP, once one of Microsoft hardware BFFs, is so publicly touting an old version of Windows shows a further unraveling of that alliance. A cynic might suggest that HP is touting Windows 7 because its current hardware isn’t up to Windows 8 standards

HP was pretty badly burned by Microsoft’s decision to build its own Surface tablets  running Windows 8 , for example. Last fall, HP CEO Meg Whitman finally said aloud what many observers had known for years — that HP and Microsoft were as much competitors as partners. 

If you need proof of that, just check out this promotion.

8 Responses to “HP just can’t quit Windows 7”

  1. I have a 8 month ol HP lap top with Windows 8. I is so slow and you seem taking fore ever to get things done. Now i installed Ubuntu 13.10 and can dual boot. I found it some what weird but after 3 months use i now prefere it to Windows 8 and nearly never boot into Windows. It is much faster and very smooth and boot in 26 seconds. I am now falling in love with it.

  2. Motmaitre

    “A cynic might suggest that HP is touting Windows 7 because its current hardware isn’t up to Windows 8 standards”

    That’s a really dumb comment. HP has hardware running Windows 8 as well. There is no big complex conspiracy here. HP is simply trying to make money by doing what any rational business should do: offering customers what they want.

    People love Windows 7 and hate Windows 8. So offer them Windows 7.It’s not rocket science. Only the geniuses at Microsoft HQ are too stupid to grasp this simple concept.

  3. Bob Johnson

    Love that comment that HP hardware may not be up to snuff to run W8. I would really like to know if that was true and if it is then HP should be called out on it.

  4. Tried Win 8. Hated it. Clunky, hodgepodge interface that left me less productive (4 clicks to shutdown the PC, for example). Happily back to using Win 7, and back to being productive. May upgrade to Win 9 — depends what they do. But if Microsoft stays with the metro interface, then I’ll use Win 7 till it’s end-of-life, and switch to Mac or Linux, or possibly ChromeOS.

  5. I recently bought a new laptop that had W8 as the only option when ordering. My plan all along was to wipe it and install a legal copy of W7. Success! W7 is running great on my new laptop and I don’t have to use or train my family on W8. Forcing your customers to use W8 interface was a bad business decision. If only MS had given us options on which interface to use. My next laptop/PC will be either Mint or a Mac (if the Mac price ever drops)

    • Rann Xeroxx

      Why not run Windows 8.1 and just install a start menu replacement app like Classic Shell or a paid one like Start8? W8.1 is more secure, starts up faster, uses even less resources than W7, SkyDrive is integrated with synced profile settings, etc.

      Classic Shell allows you to disable the charms and boot directly to the desktop. Uninstall all your metro apps and you will never see metro again. All of this, including the download, takes about 5 min.

  6. I had to purchase a new computer. I had no choice except Windows 8. I hate this OS. I understand it but I still hate it. I have set it up so it runs like Windows 7. I am not anti tech nor do I shy away from learning new things. It just seems that the things that I use my computer for take more keystrokes (or touches) that just going to it. My computer is 3 years newer and has better components yet it takes longer to load. Windows 8 stinks!