Is it smart to buy Windows 7 at this point in time now that Windows 8 has
been introduced? In other words, if you only have Windows 7 installed by your
system manufacturer on your laptop or PC and not separately purchase Microsoft
is Microsoft going to stop selling Windows 7 anytime soon?
|Now that it’s released, this article has been superseded by Should I upgrade to Windows 8? – please read that for my current thinking on Windows 8.|
Unfortunately the release of Windows 8 preview has caused a fair
amount of confusion for some folks.
In this video excerpt from a recent Ask Leo! webinar
I’ll discuss whether Windows 8 should affect your purchase or installation of
Windows 7 in any way. (Hint: no.)
Leo, is it smart to buy Windows 7 at this point in time now that Windows 8 has been introduced. In other words, if you only have Windows 7 installed by your system manufacturer on your laptop or PC and not separately purchase Microsoft is Microsoft going to stop selling Windows 7 anytime soon?
So, Windows 7 isn’t going to die anytime soon. I expect it be available well beyond Windows 8 actual release. First, you have to realize that while Windows 8 has been introduced, it’s not for sale; it’s not done.
The only thing that’s been introduced is what they call a Preview. They used to call them ‘betas’ but the term beta got bastardized and such that people expected betas to actually work. This pre-release of Windows is exactly that: a preview and nothing more.
Unless you are ready to reinstall your system from scratch, it’s not something that you want to be playing with. I actually have an article on that: should you try Windows 8? And back in September my answer was no and today my answer is still ‘no’. Unless you have a machine you can set it up on that you can reformat when you are done or unless you have a virtual machine you can try it on.
Because Windows 8’s user interface is so, apparently, dramatically different than we are used to in previous Windows versions, it would not surprise me in the least that if they wait and kept Windows 7 available and supported for a very long time after Windows 8 is released. Take a look at what happened with Windows XP. Windows XP’s lifespan was actually lengthened several times, most dramatically during Windows Vista release.
Vista received such a negative reaction that the only solution Microsoft really had was to continue to support Windows XP for much longer than they had originally planned. And, in fact to this day, Windows XP is still supported – at least security updates and I know it’s on just shy of 50% of computers around the world.
So my expectations for Windows 7, since it is has been so significantly better received than Vista, my expectation for Windows 7 is that it will be around for some time to come. So I wouldn’t worry about it. So the short answer is get Windows 7; don’t hesitate; don’t wait for Windows 8.
It’s going to be awhile before Windows 8 is actually even released for real and even then I would leave it to the early adopters to work on the problems that it will inevitably have immediately after release but now if you’re buying a computer if you want something, throw Windows 7 on there. I just don’t have any hesitation at all.