HP says Windows 7 is ‘Back by popular demand,’ gives Windows 8 the back seat

windows 7 still dominates the desktop os market with a 60 percent majority hp laptop

Both Microsoft and Windows 8 just got slapped in the face, hard. Who delivered the blow? None other than heavyweight PC manufacturer HP.

HP has launched a brand new effort on its official website to push Windows 7 systems over Windows 8 machines. On its homepage, HP says that laptops and desktops loaded with Windows 7 are “Back by popular demand.” This newly launched campaign to feature Windows 7 systems most prominently on its site is accompanied by details of a promotion where consumers could save up to $150 on a newly configured Windows 7 PC.


Win 7 HP Home

We took a look through HP’s site to see if this was a consistent theme throughout. We headed over to the laptops section, and though two of the first three systems featured ship with the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 by default, stuck in the middle between them is the ENVY 15t-j100 notebook, loaded with the tried, tested and true Windows 7.

 HP win 7 laptops

Then we headed over to desktop-land. Sure enough, the first row of tower-based desktop PCs featured all include Windows 7 as opposed to the polarizing and touch-centric Windows 8.


HP win 7 desktops

Finally, we mozied on over to HP’s all-in-one desktop section, and there was yet another twist. What was the first item that came up? Not a Windows 7 desktop, nor was it a Windows 8 AIO. Instead, we found ourselves staring at the HP Slate 21-k100, an Android 4.2 desktop powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor.

HP android aio

Between HP’s newly launched push to talk up Windows 7 and even Android rigs over Windows 8 machines, whispers of Microsoft employees calling Windows 8 “the new Vista,” and Windows 7 and Windows XP market-share absolutely outclassing Windows 8 adoption numbers, we can’t say we’re all that surprised about the move that HP has decided to make here. 

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