HP Pushes Windows 7 PCs for Back to School Season with Instant Discounts

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hiho

When I followed the link and compared prices, the win8 (yeech) were cheaper than the win7 machines.

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MrHasselblad

Link to show "standard option". The article doesn't exactly explain it ALL correctly.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

"After October 31, they'll no longer be able to sell systems with Windows 7 as a standard option."

That's such a load of M$hit. Windows 7 should be available until Windows 9 can prove it doesn't suck.

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LatiosXT

So aside from Metro (which you can effectively bypass with a Start Menu program), what's wrong with Windows 8?

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Blues22475

*Having to be able to boot a system normally in safe mode to get the system to start in Safe Mode?

*Some Random Problems with the Fast Startup Feature. Sometimes you get stuck logging with "Please Wait". Even on some new 8.1 builds I've played with.

*Updating 8 to 8.1 is not done through Windows update.

Those are some of the issues I ran into.

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LatiosXT

>Having to be able to boot a system normally in safe mode to get the system to start in Safe Mode?
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/open-advanced-startup-options-windows-8.htm

Apparently F8 and Shift+F8 still works, but Windows 8 machines tend to have a fast boot time that you can't reliably do that anymore. Engineering tradeoff. You also can't say "hold to get to advanced start up on power on" because that requires Microsoft to tell UEFI to add something for Windows, which I'm sure will go well with everyone else.

>Some Random Problems with the Fast Startup Feature. Sometimes you get stuck logging with "Please Wait". Even on some new 8.1 builds I've played with.
This appears to be a problem with using online accounts or logging into a domain and is an issue on Vista and 7 too.

>Updating 8 to 8.1 is not done through Windows update.
I can't blame Microsoft for loving their Store. Oh wait, yes I can. Okay, I can give you that one.

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codo

Agreed