HP to prominently sell PCs with Windows 7, with the OS 'back by popular demand'

HP to prominently sell PCs with Windows 7, with the OS 'back by popular demand'
HP, the world's second largest PC maker, has begun emailing customers that "Windows 7 is back" as an option for those looking to buy new PCs.

The new promotion comes along with "$150 in savings" and the PC maker claims the operating system is "back by popular demand."

By heading over to the HP desktop PC section, all computers are set to Windows 7 by default, with Windows 8.1 only available through customization. Under the all-in-one section, HP's Android device is positioned favorably over Windows 8 models.

The move is a huge blow to Microsoft, which has tried to make Windows 8 more popular after a rough launch. In the past, when the failed Windows Vista launched, manufacturers made similar "back by popular demand" promotions for Windows XP.




Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Jan 2014 9:15
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  • 20 comments
  • ddp

    ouch for ms.

    20.1.2014 10:51 #1

  • aldan

    kinda surreal isnt it?

    20.1.2014 14:01 #2

  • dEwMe

    It's MS stinker for sure. HP has some balls being so in their face about it though. I remember back when MS could give a brand some grief for stepping out of line.

    Just my $0.02,

    dEwMe

    20.1.2014 16:03 #3

  • GryphB

    I'll take a few.

    20.1.2014 19:12 #4

  • Azuran

    I'm surprised it took this long for someone to do this.

    21.1.2014 01:17 #5

  • sikosrus

    Originally posted by Azuran: I'm surprised it took this long for someone to do this. My thoughts exactly Azuran. Now if more would include operating disk it would be in the right direction

    21.1.2014 10:15 #6

  • hearme0

    The fact that this has to be re-announced or even brought to any attention is sad. Windows 8 was NEVER a viable 'desktop' replacement! Windows 7 should have NEVER BEEN pulled from being an option for new PCs.

    Windows 9 announced in April though!

    21.1.2014 12:35 #7

  • SProdigy

    Windows 7 is going to have a long life span like XP did. Why? Because it just works.

    And who is the genius that got rid of the Start Menu? SMH

    21.1.2014 12:49 #8

  • ddp

    SProdigy, not genius but village idiot.

    21.1.2014 14:23 #9

  • SProdigy

    Originally posted by ddp: SProdigy, not genius but village idiot. I stand corrected by your brilliant comment! ;-)

    21.1.2014 14:25 #10

  • xnonsuchx

    Originally posted by dEwMe: It's MS stinker for sure. HP has some balls being so in their face about it though. I remember back when MS could give a brand some grief for stepping out of line.

    MS isn't as bad an Intel, though...paying makers (like Dell) to only use their CPUs, telling retailers to put all AMD-based computers 'in back' and inform customers that they have compatibility issues (if not also trying to pay them not to carry AMD-based computers entirely), and ridiculing AMD's 64-bit CPUs until they had their own consumer 64-bit CPUs ready.

    21.1.2014 16:10 #11

  • hearme0

    Originally posted by xnonsuchx: Originally posted by dEwMe: It's MS stinker for sure. HP has some balls being so in their face about it though. I remember back when MS could give a brand some grief for stepping out of line.

    MS isn't as bad an Intel, though...paying makers (like Dell) to only use their CPUs, telling retailers to put all AMD-based computers 'in back' and inform customers that they have compatibility issues (if not also trying to pay them not to carry AMD-based computers entirely), and ridiculing AMD's 64-bit CPUs until they had their own consumer 64-bit CPUs ready.
    Yeah......that does suck! Shady too!

    My next build will be an AMD FX9590. I've been an Intel guy for a long time but now I'm gonna give the other half a try. AMD might require more power but it outperforms Intel in just about every benchmark.

    22.1.2014 12:19 #12

  • samdun3

    HP has been really great since 1939. Go Meg!

    24.1.2014 23:22 #13

  • ddp

    1939?

    25.1.2014 11:13 #14

  • 2oldGeek

    Originally posted by ddp: 1939? Bill Hewlett [8] and Dave Packard graduated with degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1935. The company originated in a garage in nearby Palo Alto during a fellowship they had with a past professor, Frederick Terman at Stanford during the Great Depression. Terman was considered a mentor to them in forming Hewlett-Packard.[9] In 1939, Packard and Hewlett established Hewlett-Packard (HP) in Packard's garage with an initial capital investment of US$538.[10] Hewlett and Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.[11] HP incorporated on August 18, 1947, and went public on November 6, 1957.

    25.1.2014 23:53 #15

  • aldan

    Originally posted by 2oldGeek: Originally posted by ddp: 1939? Bill Hewlett [8] and Dave Packard graduated with degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1935. The company originated in a garage in nearby Palo Alto during a fellowship they had with a past professor, Frederick Terman at Stanford during the Great Depression. Terman was considered a mentor to them in forming Hewlett-Packard.[9] In 1939, Packard and Hewlett established Hewlett-Packard (HP) in Packard's garage with an initial capital investment of US$538.[10] Hewlett and Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.[11] HP incorporated on August 18, 1947, and went public on November 6, 1957. wouldve figured you would know this,having been around at the time and all.LOL

    26.1.2014 20:19 #16

  • 2oldGeek

    Originally posted by aldan: wouldve figured you would know this,having been around at the time and all.LOL
    Yeah, I was around when Christ was still a corporal......

    26.1.2014 20:31 #17

  • aldan

    Thats cowboy pilgrim.

    26.1.2014 21:28 #18

  • 2oldGeek

    No, when cowboys die they don't go to heaven - they go to Dallas...

    26.1.2014 21:33 #19

  • phobet

    I think Micro$oft missed the mark by not providing their customer base with choice. While the Metro interface can be easy to use, it is a radical change from their earlier versions of the OS. This radical change created a very steep learning curve. They would have been better off keeping the Start button, and slowly introducing the Metro interface. Allowing users to try it on their own could have resulted in more buy-in and acceptance from their user base. It could have resulted in a "wow factor". But by forcing it, all they created was a significant amount of resentment, as users asked "How the hell do I 'X' out of this damn thing?"

    6.2.2014 09:18 #20

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