HP Re-Marketing Windows 7 As “Back By Popular Demand”, Offering $150 Off Systems

Usually when a PC vendor sells machines running an older operating system, it means that they’re trying to clear out inventory, but that is not the case with HP and its current promotion of Windows 7 PCs.

On HP’s welcome page, the main banner says “Back by popular demand” above a deal describing how you can configure a new HP PC with Windows 7 and get up to $150 off.

First of all--that’s a pretty good deal. If you’re in the market for a new PC, you might want to jump on that.

HP Windows 7 promo

Second, this is not just an inventory flush of old hardware. The deal applies to PCs running 4th-gen Intel Core (Haswell) processors, and the two notebooks among the five PCs in the promotion--the HP Pavilion 15t-n200 and HP ENVY 15t-j100 Quad Edition--are also available elsewhere on the site with Windows 8 configurations.

It appears that the company feels as though Windows 7 is a selling point over Windows 8, which means that as far as HP is concerned, consumers are voting with their wallets, so to speak. That’s bad news for Windows 8 specifically and for Microsoft generally.

Windows 9 is reportedly coming in 2015, and for all concerned--Microsoft, PC vendors, and consumers alike--the sooner the better.