cheapest way to get a copy of Winodws 7?

I put Windows 8 on my desktop and now I cannot find my copy of Windows 7 to downgrade. What is the cheapest way to buy one? Prior to the upgrade, I had Windows 7 Ultimate but I'm thinking HP should be enough for what I do (PC gaming and MS office).

Does MS have any discount programs?

Buy a Usb cable and a oem copy of windows?

Find a college student who can buy one for $20 and send it to you. There's got to be some GWJ students lurking. We can crowdsource for steam four packs, so you must be able to find somebody around here.

Ulairi wrote:

I put Windows 8 on my desktop and now I cannot find my copy of Windows 7 to downgrade. What is the cheapest way to buy one? Prior to the upgrade, I had Windows 7 Ultimate but I'm thinking HP should be enough for what I do (PC gaming and MS office).

Does MS have any discount programs?

I assume you have/had a Win7 license, hopefully one that allows you to reinstall (I'm not sure of all the licensing stuff). If you're just missing the media then just grab the DVD image, burn it to disc or put it on USB, and reinstall

Ulairi wrote:

I put Windows 8 on my desktop and now I cannot find my copy of Windows 7 to downgrade. What is the cheapest way to buy one? Prior to the upgrade, I had Windows 7 Ultimate but I'm thinking HP should be enough for what I do (PC gaming and MS office).

Does MS have any discount programs?

Might be a silly question, but why do you need to downgrade?

If you installed the Community Preview, you can purchase Windows 8 for $40 in October without needing to first downgrade to Win7. The only downside is that it will need to be a clean install (though it will save your files). The beta doesn't expire until January if I'm not mistaken.

Windows 8 is pretty crap. He probably just doesn't like it.

I read that you could just bypass Metro and run it like Win 7. Is that not true?

Robear wrote:

I read that you could just bypass Metro and run it like Win 7. Is that not true?

Not in the RTM version at this time. Microsoft disabled the hooks that allowed the Start8 utility to do that, though I suspect StarDock will find a way around that soon enough.

If you just click the Desktop button in Metro though, you almost never need to bring the Start Screen up again. I'm still not sold on Windows 8 but it's come a long way since the first beta and it's not nearly as bad as it used to be. If you've got it and have no compatibility reason to need to downgrade, I'd try to live with it for a few days and see.

Robear wrote:

I read that you could just bypass Metro and run it like Win 7. Is that not true?

You can't just turn metro off, there's things you can do to make it less jarring, but as far as I know there's nothing you can do to make it just like an updated W7.

Yeah, not only can you not disable Metro, when Stardock came up with a program that let you disable it, Microsoft immediately shut that idea down hard. You WILL use Metro if you run Win8. You do not get a choice.

Sounds like they're just trying have a consistent face for windows similar to OSX Mountain Lion and its iOS style feature integration.
Not that I want my PC to behave like a phone, just saying they're not really exerting any more control over UX than Apple. Didn't Gnome also recently do a similar my way or the highway roadmap?

duckilama wrote:

Sounds like they're just trying have a consistent face for windows similar to OSX Mountain Lion and its iOS style feature integration.
Not that I want my PC to behave like a phone, just saying they're not really exerting any more control over UX than Apple.

If Microsoft had followed Apple's lead, Metro would be a launchable application that I could completely ignore, as I do Launchpad on OS X.

Apple added the alternative iOS-style launcher as something users can click to trigger, not a forced default that you can't ever get rid of.

Is it possible to get Win 7 for $20 still?

*Legion* wrote:
duckilama wrote:

Sounds like they're just trying have a consistent face for windows similar to OSX Mountain Lion and its iOS style feature integration.
Not that I want my PC to behave like a phone, just saying they're not really exerting any more control over UX than Apple.

If Microsoft had followed Apple's lead, Metro would be a launchable application that I could completely ignore, as I do Launchpad on OS X.

Apple added the alternative iOS-style launcher as something users can click to trigger, not a forced default that you can't ever get rid of.

+1

I like the live tiles, but they should have been a replacement to the desktop widgets. Modern apps should have had the option to be windowed and resized and the start button and task bar should have stayed put. Done.

Instead, MS is going to piss off a WHOLE LOTTA people.

PaladinTom wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
duckilama wrote:

Sounds like they're just trying have a consistent face for windows similar to OSX Mountain Lion and its iOS style feature integration.
Not that I want my PC to behave like a phone, just saying they're not really exerting any more control over UX than Apple.

If Microsoft had followed Apple's lead, Metro would be a launchable application that I could completely ignore, as I do Launchpad on OS X.

Apple added the alternative iOS-style launcher as something users can click to trigger, not a forced default that you can't ever get rid of.

+1

I like the live tiles, but they should have been a replacement to the desktop widgets. Modern apps should have had the option to be windowed and resized and the start button and task bar should have stayed put. Done.

Instead, MS is going to piss off a WHOLE LOTTA people.

Not really.. naturally Angry Internet Men will rage against this like its the worst thing in the universe.. but the real facts are that no one is forcing you to upgrade from Windows 7 to 8. New PC's will naturally ship with Windows 8 but anyone that is that off put by Windows 8 will probably be savvy enough to downgrade.. the rest will probably adapt and move on.

Corporate America probably won't even budge for another year or two in any case.. so its a complete non-issue there.. outside of the Metroness of Server.. which is plain weird..

TheGameguru wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
duckilama wrote:

Sounds like they're just trying have a consistent face for windows similar to OSX Mountain Lion and its iOS style feature integration.
Not that I want my PC to behave like a phone, just saying they're not really exerting any more control over UX than Apple.

If Microsoft had followed Apple's lead, Metro would be a launchable application that I could completely ignore, as I do Launchpad on OS X.

Apple added the alternative iOS-style launcher as something users can click to trigger, not a forced default that you can't ever get rid of.

+1

I like the live tiles, but they should have been a replacement to the desktop widgets. Modern apps should have had the option to be windowed and resized and the start button and task bar should have stayed put. Done.

Instead, MS is going to piss off a WHOLE LOTTA people.

Not really.. naturally Angry Internet Men will rage against this like its the worst thing in the universe.. but the real facts are that no one is forcing you to upgrade from Windows 7 to 8. New PC's will naturally ship with Windows 8 but anyone that is that off put by Windows 8 will probably be savvy enough to downgrade.. the rest will probably adapt and move on.

Corporate America probably won't even budge for another year or two in any case.. so its a complete non-issue there.. outside of the Metroness of Server.. which is plain weird..

As long as it's available, I'm recommending Win7 still to all my friends/family. There are a lot of people who will be caught unawares though if they don't know enough to ask for Win7 when buying a new pc. Especially if it's a desktop/laptop with no touch screen.

My company has just started to move away from XP, so I think I'm good there too.

TheGameguru wrote:

Corporate America probably won't even budge for another year or two in any case.. so its a complete non-issue there.. outside of the Metroness of Server.. which is plain weird..

Yeah, that part I don't get at all. I understand why they're pushing Metro as a new experience for users (whether or not it ultimately ends up being good for them is another question) but for servers? Like, why?! If you're a server administrator, you should be smart enough to get around an advanced desktop UI in your sleep. I know there's a lot of stupid sysadmins out there but yeah, nothing should be done to accommodate them. I've only seen it in videos thus far though so I'm curious how they implemented it on the server end.

It's such a fundamentally bad idea. "We know," says Microsoft. "Let's make all of our computing devices, across our entire lineup, work just like the very worst one."

mindset.threat wrote:

Is it possible to get Win 7 for $20 still?

Most university computer stores have nutty discounts on operating systems, basic applications like word, and some other stuff. However the license is limited and you need to be a student at that university.

The next cheapest way is likely to get it bundled with your next hardware purchase.