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Windows 7: Windows 8 is a one way street for consumer PC users

10 Nov 2012   #1
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Windows 8 is a one way street for consumer PC users

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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.


Read more at source:
Windows 8 is a one way street for consumer PC users | ZDNet


See also:
HP clarifies Windows 8 consumer PC downgrade and warranties

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10 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Thank you for the news Brink! I will keep it in mind, if someone I know wants to purchase a new computer.
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10 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
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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.


Read more at source:
Windows 8 is a one way street for consumer PC users | ZDNet
Main Reason why it's a Failure no-one wants it

To be forced into using a interface that looks more like a phone app will confuse the Holly Hell out of people who are used to a adaptable interface that we been using since win 95

Honestly some people don't like change even if it is with the times
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10 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you Brink for keeping us up to date. The story keeps thickening.
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11 Nov 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

My friend really needs a new laptop by Christmas, maybe he'll be stuck with Windows 8 then, although he said he didn't mind if it comes with Windows 7 or Windows 8.

I think he might be better off saying with his Windows Vista machine which overheats after opening a few tabs on Chrome, and battery which doesn't work either I guess adding a fresh SSD/HDD and then clean installing Windows 7 will work
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11 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

This is making me very glad I moved from PC to Mac for my laptop and home-build my desktops (now used for an HTPC and will run 7 for the foreseeable future). I might even have to convince my dad to move to an iMac or Mac Mini for his next desktop (I self-build for him as well).
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11 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

It is really quite simple, if a client buys a laptop or desktop from Best Buy, Wal Mart, Target etc. and "cannot get on with it" for what ever reason the retailer will take it back under their 30 day no quibble satisfaction warranty. The retailer wants your money but they want you to be happy with the purchase and come back and spend some more money. Those units show up as refurbs or managers specials. At the time of return if Windows 8 is the problem the client will demand either Windows 7 or a total refund. Any salesman worth his salt is going to find a product with what the client wants on it Windows 7 rather than lose the sale completely. We have been here before with Vista, they can blow hot and cold all they like but if the public don't buy it other arrangements will be in place....AKA Plan B.
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11 Nov 2012   #8
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Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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I think the manufacturers who offer Windows 7 as an option will be the winners. Some will have to learn that the hard way.
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11 Nov 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

This is no different that they way OEM's have always enforced their factory preinstalled sponsor bloatware, so the solution remains the same: If you need tech support get it here where it is vastly better, or if you must talk with them do not reveal you have clean reinstalled or "upgraded" 8 to 7. If you need to ship it back under hardware warranty have the Recovery disks on hand to run Recovery first from its partition or disks. Save a backup image so you have another way to recover.

This will either force consumers en masse to touchscreens or force MS and OEM's to offer "downgrade" rights to 7 as they did during XP>Vista debacle. Consumers are not going to put up with having a productive desktop experience ruined by a gimmicky Wall of Buttons slamming down on their work, or go through the trouble of modifying WIn8 to include Windows 7's explorer with Start menu using best solution Windows 7 explorer for Windows 8.
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11 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is no different that they way OEM's have always enforced their factory preinstalled sponsor bloatware, so the solution remains the same: If you need tech support get it here where it is vastly better, or if you must talk with them do not reveal you have clean reinstalled or "upgraded" 8 to 7. If you need to ship it back under hardware warranty have the Recovery disks on hand to run Recovery first from its partition or disks. Save a backup image so you have another way to recover.
At least the bloatware could be removed. With the UEFI locking that Microsoft is requiring the OEMs to do you CAN'T get rid of Win 8 (you say this is no different but it IS different). Microsoft is forcing enthusiasts to build their own (many do anyway) and possibly NOT buy a Windows license if they can get away without Windows.
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