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Windows 7: Dell to continue offering Windows 7 after launch of Windows 8

14 Oct 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Given the experience everyone had with Vista, it's not a great surprise, it's just making things easier for users. They sell the good Windows version instead of selling Win8 and the users wiping it out for Win7.

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15 Oct 2012   #12

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines

Samsung added in their own Start Button in Windows 8. Others use the great program Classic Shell (I use this on Windows 7) Welcome to Classic Shell
I can see a bunch of bemused consumers returning Windows 8 laptops and desktops after holiday sales asking for, no demanding XP or 7. Any company is going to have a plan b even perhaps Micro$oft called SP1 installing a start menu. Frankly if they just gave us the choice to disable the interface formally called metro (desktop or laptop) and enable it (tablets and touch screen devices) there would be higher adoption.
Also they sell Windows 7 as a down grade bs' ing us that 8 sold x millions of copies.
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15 Oct 2012   #13

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

This will all depend on how heavy handed MS decide to be. I asked a question recently about when Windows 7 will be pulled. I think a competitor offering a more open, polished, professional linux OS (not MAC!) could strike now.
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16 Oct 2012   #14

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I agree with mjf (concerning microsoft).
It will be very interesting to see if Redmond responds with the carrot or the stick.
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16 Oct 2012   #15
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

I'm guessing we'll probably see the younger generation adopt Win 8 more readily then the older generations that have grown up with the classic windows interface.

We'll just see how things play out.

Why MS isn't including the option of a "classic interface", as it has in versions past, is somewhat strange. A sort of "My way or the highway" approach.

Indeed, a excellent idea for Dell to offer a choice.
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16 Oct 2012   #16

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Not surprising at all, in fact I believe we will see Windows 7 selling flying off the shelves years from now.

I suspect that free downgrades back to Windows 7 will be made available for Windows 8 customers. Maybe the fancy touch screens will be enough to keep that from happening.
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16 Oct 2012   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

Customers are always weary of new versions of windows just making this commonsense marketing for the most part. I do believe that windows 8 will have to overcome some things to get the support 7 is seeing right now. Personally I'm only upgrading one machine only out of the necessity of preparing myself to work with systems using it.
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16 Oct 2012   #18

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post

The Windows 7 OS, which reached PCs in October of 2009, will be offered as an option to commercial and gaming customers, said Alison Gardner, director at Dell. The company will offer Windows 7 as long as it is allowed to, Gardner said.
Why wouldn't they do the same thing for ALL customers?

Microsoft pressure?

I'd guess well over 90% of home customers will be highly frustrated when they get a look at the Win 8 desktop---and home customers are likely the least prepared to deal with a new interface.
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16 Oct 2012   #19


Don't forget their are many tools to help you to customise the look of windows 8 if you just like sticking with the windows 7 desktop
remember that windows 8 is more secure in going forward and is worth having a look at
My set up is a quadruple boot up xp/vista/windows7/windows8/ 64bit and personally i like them all equally
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16 Oct 2012   #20

Windows 7 Professional x64, SP1

Here's the thing.. "..Dell. The company will offer Windows 7 as long as it is allowed to.."
It will clearly be a Microsoft call.

I would like to see all new Win 8 machines come with a Windows 7 downgrade (?!) option included.
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 Dell to continue offering Windows 7 after launch of Windows 8

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