HP Explains Why It Is Selling Windows 7 Again

There's no doubt that Microsoft caused quite a commotion when it launched Windows 8 in October 2012. Many opinions in the press have made the change seem somewhat apocalyptic, especially where desktops are concerned. Sure, Windows 8.1 cleaned up the place a bit, but there are a vast number of people still clinging to Windows 7 and even the decaying Windows XP like a life preserver.

So enter Hewlett-Packard, or HP for short, who has decided that, thanks to popular demand, it should sell a number of PCs with Windows 7 installed. Although Microsoft pulled the plug on retail sales back on October 30, 2013, OEMs can still sell machines with Windows 7 pre-installed until a date that's yet to be determined.

So the next question is: Why sell Windows 7 PCs at all? The answer, according to HP, is dead simple -- choice.

"We like giving our customers the option to get the computer that's right for them," reads the company's blog. "For some folks, that's Android. We've got everything from 2-in-1 detachables like the SlateBook x2 to the giant-sized Slate21 All-in-One."

"And, yes, some people still want to run Windows 7 on their computers," continues the blog. "We want people to be happy with our computers – whichever option they choose – BUT WE ARE NOT DROPPING WINDOWS 8."

Point made. The blog also points out that HP has five machines with Windows 7 installed with a Windows 8 option, whereas the company has several dozen machines that only offer Windows 8.

So there you go; it wasn't much of an explanation other than HP wants to provide a choice. And perhaps Microsoft gave the green light, knowing that OEMs are struggling in a declining PC market. For that matter, it wouldn't be surprising to see other OEMs like Dell and Acer give in to "consumer demand" and launch a number of Windows 7 products.

Given the choice, which OS would you pick, and why?

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  • alchemy69
    Rule no.1 in running a business is give the punters what they want.
  • nitrium
    Here in New Zealand you see many laptops in stores with Windows 7 pre-installed, with an option to for Win 8 if you want it. This is nothing new. If they didn't sell, they wouldn't do it. It's that simple. Clearly many customers have been asking "can I get it with Windows 7?".
  • portentous
    I guess that point is, learning-curve with Windows 8 and the "Start button" aside, is Windows 8 missing something that Windows 7 has?For desktop computing, Windows 7 provides a more familiar interface. Windows 8 is more for laptop/hybrids (suddenly there are so many choices). Only if MS didn't confuse the issue further with Windows RT. Microsoft's next move to combine Windows RT and Windows Phone OS seems to be a logical one, putting it more in line with the AndroidOS and iOS. Indeed there are so many choices.My choice is Windows8 for my desktop and laptops (has been the case since its launch) though it hasn't been smooth but I can't honestly say any of the previous versions of Windows were smooth starting from Windows3... remember the days you'd need a different bootup disk for different software? We have Mac OSX (Maverick), it is good but doesn't suit my need (not that it is as problem-free as everyone thinks). The iPads are passed down to the kids and I like using my Surface RT (but it has been at the MS service centre since Christmas). I have the first Nexus7, bought it pre-launch, very temperamental and buggy, not sure why everyone likes it so much....