HP puts Win7 on select consumer SKUs, but not in Canada

Windows 7 is making a comeback in Hewlett-Packard Co.’s online store, but apparently not in Canada.

A report in Ars Technica notes that HP is offering five consumer PCs running Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS for sale in its web store – a Pavilion desktop and laptop, an Envy laptop and two Envy desktops. Each model has also been discounted by $150, with an online ad indicating that Windows 7 is “back by popular demand.”

With Windows 8 now Microsoft’s current OS, it’s an unusual move for a PC vendor to offer Windows 7 pre-loaded on a consumer PC. It’s more common on business SKUs, particularly on workstations, where business users may need time to plan a Windows 8 migration or may have issues with application compatibility.

While a Windows downgrade is always an option for more technically inclined users, HP is taking it a step further by shipping consumer models with the heavy lifting already done for users.

However, while there may be “popular demand” for Windows 7 in the U.S., in Canada, either the demand isn’t there or HP isn’t ready to answer it. A search of HP Canada’s web store failed to turn up any similar offers or sales for Windows 7 consumer SKUs.  Models running Android, Chrome OS and Windows 8 are available.

A comment has been sought from HP Canada, and we’ll provide an update when available.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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