HP’s PC arm has today announced that it is focusing heavily on the new Windows 8 platform from Microsoft, so much is its focus on the consumer level PCs that it is refusing to provide software or support to those choosing to downgrade their systems to the last-generation Windows version (7).
Not everyone likes Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 with its Modern UI proving the main reason for users holding off upgrading. While under the bonnet Windows 8 offers enhanced security, better performance and features to protect data for some it just isn’t doesn’t make up for the perplexing at times modern UI.
For touch enabled devices the Modern UI, which takes its inspiration from Windows Phone, undoubtedly is a huge step forward for the Windows product. However on a non-touch enabled device the interface can seem clunky and bloated to some when using a humble keyboard and mouse.
While HP will support downgrades on its business orientated products the company has officially stated that it will not be extending the same courtesy to its consumer range. “"Windows 7 will not be supported on these new [PC] platforms, and no drivers, apps, or Windows 7 content will be available through HP," the company has stated on its support service.
"If users choose to downgrade their HP consumer desktop or notebook system, HP will continue to support the hardware but if there is an issue where HP diagnostics are required or it is determined that the loaded software or upgrade operating system is causing the issue, HP may suggest returning the system to the original Windows 8 OS that shipped with the computer."
CCL however will still happily provide both consumers and businesses with Windows 7 PCs with full driver support, in addition to full Windows 8 support right across our range. For full flexibility more than ever it pays to go with your local system builder rather than the large global builders such as HP.
Check out the range of CCL Desktop PCs, Gaming PCs and Workstation PCs here.
-note: Downgrades as per Microsoft's licencing are only available as an option on Pro or above versions of Windows, Windows 8 (standard) is not eligible for downgrade.