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December 30, 2013


I can't help thinking of this jab on SNL recently, "Either way, happened on your watch:"


But yeah, Windows 8 stinks. However, you can still buy business-grade (a.k.a. not found at Best Buy) computers with Windows 7 loaded.

You're right, R.O.

Dell.com has some Win 7s left.

I purchased a brand new ASUS G75vx high-end gaming laptop which came pre-loaded with Windows 8. I immediately took it to a computer store to have W8 replaced with W7. Why? Not only is W8 incompatible with the games I play, it's look and functionality are totally mismatched for keyboard/mouse configurations. Plus the laptop isn't touch enabled.

To make matters worse, it wasn't loaded with Windows 8 Pro, so a "supported" downgrade wasn't allowed. Good greif. There are loads of third party software providers out there that help transform W8 into some version of W7, but that doesn't address the compatibility issues. Besides, if I have to resort to third party software to get my OS to look (and hopefully behave) like I want, why not just stick with the real thing? Anyway, the clever technicians found drivers that are compatible and voila! I have Windows 7 running smoothly on my new laptop and I couldn't be happier. For me, it was well worth the extra $$$.

There are other reasons I'm not keen on embracing Microsoft's brave new vision: forced online integration, subscription based everything, monthly fees, mandatory online check-ins, mandatory ads, pre-approved programs only and cloud computing that requires more service fees and questionable security for your personal information. I do not Facebook, own a smartphone, tablet or any other device that requires "one OS to rule them all." And I hate apps. I use programs. To do work. I don't care about having a app for everything I do or uploading pictures of myself to the internet from the crapper. Oh, and they got rid of Windows Media Player.

Regardless of my personal, tinfoil hat wearing suspicions, if W8/8.1 work for you that's great. But for the majority (yeah, go ahead and check the adoption stats, they're terrible) W8/8.1 is the OS nobody asked for or wants. Microsoft ignores that at it's own peril.

Thanks for that, Tim.

It's good to know it is possible to get the necessary drivers to run W7. If manufacturers have wised up then good for them.

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