Store Charges $125 To Downgrade Windows 8 Machines to Windows 7

Consumer reaction towards Windows 8 has been mixed, and that’s putting it generously, but are the Windows 7 faithful so dissatisfied with Microsoft’s latest operating system they’re willing to pay three figures to downgrade their new machines? This photo by Twitter user Michael Jerewitz shows one certified Microsoft service center that saw a demand and rose to the occasion.

Microsoft customers who aren’t lucky enough to live near the undisclosed location of this store do have other options for a downgrade. Both HP and Lenovo offer help via their online forums for customers trying to perform downgrades themselves. Best Buy’s Geek Squad will install Windows 7 on a Windows 8 machine at point of purchase for a service fee starting at $69.99, although that doesn’t include the price of the Windows 7 software itself. Amazon.com sells the complete version of Windows 7 Home Premium for $162 and Windows 7 Ultimate for a cringe-inducing $306. At those prices, users saddled with a new Windows 8 machine might just want to install a Start Menu replacement app designed to emulate Microsoft’s older interfaces.

PC buyers completely confident in not wanting Windows 8 would be better off buying a machine pre-installed with Windows 7, which are still readily available from major tech retailers.  But for how much longer will that be the case? Windows XP lasted nine years before Microsoft pulled sales of PCs pre-installed with the OS. Vista only got four years. Windows 7 was first made available in October 2009, meaning it’s just a little over three years old.  Windows 8 haters who are in the market for a new PC might want to make their decisions soon or be left looking for their own “Microsoft Certified” shop with a sale on downgrades.

via Gizmodo

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  1. lowe Says:

    That is another monemaking BS to fool customers. Why offer a non-touched machine with Windows 8 and trick them to pay additional for downgrade? Stupidy!

  2. Joseph Says:

    >and Windows 7 Ultimate for a cringe-inducing $306

    Unbelievable! Forget that and install OpenSUSE with the KDE (Windows 7-like) desktop for free. It has all the features of Windows 7, including the full-disk encryption only available in the Ultimate edition of Windows, and all of the main features of Windows 8 minus Metro. It’s file system is also faster (20%!) when moving large files and you don’t have to worry about Windows viruses. It’ll come out-of-the-box with all you need, too: Full office suite (LibreOffice), Firefox (Chrome and Opera available), e-mail/PIM client, multi-protocol instant messaging client, Photoshop-level image editing (GIMP), RAW photo image manager, Google Earth-like map program (Google Earth also available), media player, iTunes-like music/podcast manager, PDF reader, Flash, twitter client, disc burning program, bittorrent client, etc. ready to go. You can update to new versions right over the Internet too.

    I can’t imagine anyone paying $306 rather than doing something like this.

  3. ecromancer Says:

    And there is a PROGRAM for W8 so you can get that handy little start button back. Just wondering heard this word from mouth that the head programmer was fired for making a OS for PC’s that was geared toward TOUCH SCREENS… I have NO idea why they did that maybe “The way of the future” BS? its a tablet/phone OS… enough said

  4. John Says:

    @lowe that’s the market, if people are to lazy or ignorant to do it themselves then they will pay for the service. Why do you charge someone to change your oil when you can do it yourself?

  5. Phil T Says:

    I agree with Iowe, it was a poor decision to allow Windows 7 non touch laptops to come pre installed with Windows 8. While this article says there are still laptops with Windows 7 pre-installed, they are definitely few and far between. I think reception would have been a LOT better had Microsoft just gone out and said that Windows 8 is touch optimized so upgrade at your own risk. Windows 8 is great with touch, poor without and unfortunately for Microsoft the majority of people experience it without.

  6. Mike Says:

    Or you COULD just upgrade to Windows 8 and stay with the curve. I honestly don’t see what people are having a problem with. Instead of a Start MENU there is a Start SCREEN everything else is pretty much the same. It even runs smoother than Windows 7. Windows 8 is in no way shape or form less stable than Windows 7. I’ve been using it everyday both at work and at home on both touch and non touchscreen laptops since it hit RTM.

  7. fanaudi Says:

    After upgrading my desktop from W7 to W8 , I quickly realised what a mess it was . Fortunately , I had previously saved a W7 image on my secundary and created a system repair disc witch I just needed to insert in my unit to instantly recover my good old W7 . I’ m happy again .

  8. fred Says:

    70$ to install an operating system on a computer? Dude…I totally chose the wrong job! Wow…I’d do it for a third of that price and consider myself lucky. Seriously? 70 dollars for following a walk-through installation even a 6 years old kid could do. Please…

  9. PaulH Says:

    This is precisely why I’ve been holding-out with XP. It works, doesn’t give too many problems, and DOES NOT have a touch-screen UI that obviously eats up RAM.

  10. Jerry Says:

    Why don’t they just eliminate windows 8, and keep on selling windows 7, then every body would be Happy. Leave the metro for the tablets and phone?????

  11. BrandyStarbrite Says:

    Wow! $125 to downgrade from Win 8 to Win 7? Wooah! Lol!

    I agree with the “Fred” Dude. A six year old kid could do that. There are even some of these little “Beanies,” showing people how to do it on Youtube too. Lol!

    If it’s a Laptop or PC, I suggest installing Win 7 on a “New Hard drive” and “swapping” it with the other.
    That way, when you “finally,” learn to use Win 8 to effectively, you can always “swap,” it back.
    And besides, when you buy a brand new Laptop, you get a “Legit,” “Win 8 copy,” with a “legit key” that comes with it.
    (Well most of the time………..Lol!)

    Why erase it? Lol!

    But then again, I kinda don’t blame them though. But $125 bucks?! Wooooah!! NO way dude/dudettes. That’s way to expensive. Lol!
    It’s better to do it yourself.

  12. Notyour Mom Says:

    I’ve been installing Windows on PC’s for years.

    I can tell by comments that some of the people made here that they have NO CLUE what it takes to downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.

    I would not do it for less than $100. It takes too much time.

    The problem you will run into is that a lot of the new PC’s do not have drivers readily available for Windows 7.

    UEFI and various Security devices embedded in the chipset make the installation a nightmare.

    Obviously you people have never performed the downgrade or you would realize how stupid your comments are.

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