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windows7, get it while you can

Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:04 pm

MS stoped delivery of any new W7 product last month... When inventory goes, so will windows 7

Now I can wait to hear ms telling me thst I must upgrade, because windows7 is an insecure os...

This should give osx and Linux a big boost... But lets see if MS gamble will pay off.
 
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Re: windows7, get it while you can

Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:45 pm

As far as I'm concerned, W7 offers the best user experience still; People who have no interest in IT or computing come to me at work - out of the blue - and say "Windows 8 is awful, is there any way I can make my new laptop better?"

I start by pointing people in the direction of Classic Shell or Start 8 but I have done so many downgrades to 7 that I have lost count. Maybe two dozen reinstalls ago I started just using a sysprepped W7 image with all the common chipset drivers preloaded.

Historically Microsoft has never managed to persuade consumers that their latest product is better - consumers have made their own damn minds up - so if legal avenues of W7 acquisition dry up, people will turn to the not-so-legal alternatives.

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Re: windows7, get it while you can

Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:00 pm

Wonderful. I guess that means if I need to do another build, I'll have to give Linux another spin.
I had already made up my mind for January 14, 2020 (last date of official MS support for WIn 7), but I guess this accelerates things a little bit.
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Re: windows7, get it while you can

Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:15 pm

sschaem wrote:
MS stoped delivery of any new W7 product last month... When inventory goes, so will windows 7

Retail, OEM, or both?
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Re: windows7, get it while you can

Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:41 pm

May we get a cite link from you?

As I can't really find anyone talking about the end of mass duplication/production of Windows 7.

Not trying to imply you're lying, but a source would be appreciated.
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Re: windows7, get it while you can

Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:51 pm

The only info I was able to find with a quick Google search was the Microsoft Windows lifecycle fact sheet, which indicates that the last sale dates for both retail and OEM versions are still TBD. Now, it is certainly possible that TBD means "when current stock runs out", but I wouldn't just assume that without some corroboration from MS and/or their channel partners.
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Re: windows7, get it while you can

Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:29 pm

*hugs his retail W7 Ultimate box bought months ago*

OEM shouldn't be affected--8 can downgrade to 7 just like 7 can downgrade to XP. I hadn't heard this officially but it doesn't surprise me given that major online retailers have had it out of stock a lot lately.
 
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Re: windows7, get it while you can

Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:41 pm

I've seen no evidence for this.

Users still have the right to tell an OEM they want to downgrade 8.1 back to 7, and the OEM is then required to oblige by providing a key. http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensi ... ights.aspx As long as the legitimate Win 7 download links are still active there's nothing stopping anyone from doing this.
 
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Re: windows7, get it while you can

Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:57 pm

Probably worth mentioning that only the "Pro" version of 8.1 is eligible for downgrade...
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Re: windows7, get it while you can

Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:02 am

just brew it! wrote:
Probably worth mentioning that only the "Pro" version of 8.1 is eligible for downgrade...


Oh damn, I totally missed that three letter word. Thanks for the correction. It's a good point since many OEM boxes won't allow users to reconfigure to a Pro version...

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