“They don’t make ‘em like they used to,” is what people often say about cars, houses and eye-dislodging toys. Soon, many users will be saying the same thing about their brand new Windows 8 notebooks. Even though Microsoft’s new OS offers better performance and a raft of touch-friendly features, a lot of consumers will be turned off by new Start-button-free UI and the steep learning curve required to master it.
If you need a new PC, but like the traditional Windows interface the way it has existed more-or-less since 1992, your time is running out. After Windows 8 launches on October 26th, most new notebooks released after that date will come preloaded with the new OS. Stocks of Windows 7 models will dwindle and soon you’ll only be able to buy a Windows 8 machine. If you buy a Windows 7 notebook and decide later that you want to upgrade, it will likely cost you $40 or less.
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