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Hewlett-Packard snubs Windows 8, and will offer Windows 7 again

Hewlett-Packard will provide Windows 7 pre-installs on products again, despite Microsoft wanting to promote Windows 8
By Michael Hatamoto from Jan 21, 2014 @ 9:39 CST

PC maker Hewlett-Packard will continue to sell Windows 7-powered PCs until Microsoft's tentative deadline of October 2014 to stop pre-installs, with options still available to interested consumers and business users. However, many OEMs are focusing more on promoting Windows 8 and 8.1, which provides better sales revenue from the touch-enabled devices.

 

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Microsoft increasingly wants value-added resellers (VARs) and partners to push consumers directly to Windows 8 or 8.1 - but clients still have the option of downgrading from 8/8.1 to 7. However, customers not ready to embrace 8/8.1 are choosing the familiarity and stability of Windows 7, and that trend doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.



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