HP is bringing Windows 7 back to its computers, due to “popular demand”


It’s no secret that Windows 8 got off to a rough start. And while Windows 8.1 attempted to alleviate many of the issues users had with the OS, it appears even that might have not been enough. HP’s official website is now heavily promoting computers with Windows 7 as an alternative to Windows 8. In fact, most of the computers on the manufacturers website run Windows 7 by default now, with Windows 8 relegated to a customizable option instead.

You’ll still see the numerous touchscreen laptops running Windows 8, but HP is now clearly putting Windows 7 computers at the forefront of its advertising. “Back by popular demand,” the ads read, along with the fact that a Windows 7 computer can save you $150 from your purchase.

Despite the changes Microsoft has brought with Windows 8.1, consumers might still prefer Windows 7 — either because the changes Windows 8 made didn’t click with them, or their perception of the OS has been skewed due to all the bad press its received since release. HP’s decision to highlight Windows 7 adds a little more to the ever-growing weight that rests on Microsoft’s next Windows update, set to be revealed at its Build conference this April.

Have you warmed up to Windows 8? Or do you still prefer Windows 7? Let us know why in the comments!

[via HPThe Verge]

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  • alhall

    I’d rather see a nice desktop arranged the way I like then a stack of boxes.

    Dropping Media Center from 8 [typical stupid MS decision] also make 7 a better choice.

  • David Roper

    I went from VISTA to Win 7 on my laptop years ago and it was a seamless update. My WINDOWS 7. Before VISTA I was a XP guy. And before that, DOS 5 which was a “dream” OS.

    Gonna miss my Seamus, now, but I know it’s Suse when I jump again.

  • leonicholson

    I recently purchased a refurbished HP Elitebook mainly because it came with Windows 7 Pro 32bit. I find this version much more compatible with older software.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    Except for when I absolutely must log into Windows, I have gone Linux (OpenSuse) and don’t miss M$’s o/s at all. For non-work related reasons, I haven’t logged into Windows at home in a couple of months, other than to install updates.

    I’m trying to get the wife to let me install Mint on her laptop, but no luck so far. I shall wear her down!

  • Steven

    What good is a OPSystem if you can’t easily use it and you get a headache just thinking about using it. Think open source

  • Bub

    In truth, this is nothing more than an extremely effective marketing campaign by HP. They are not truly “bringing back” Windows 7, because they never stopped offering it. In fact, they offer fewer options with Windows 7 now than they did five months ago. Take a look at this link http://www.zdnet.com/hp-bringing-back-windows-7-pcs-not-so-fast-7000025351/ for more information.

  • Ishaan

    I prefer Windows XP and next Windows 7.. Windows 8.x s*cks..

  • Jim

    I have XP and 7 on Desktops connected by a KVM switch. I also have 8.1 on my lenovo lap top. I use all for different functions and enjoy each,.