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Old 30. Jan 2020, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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An interesting concept but one hardly likely to gain much traction with Microsoft. A Free Windows 7 with even a lightweight series of security maintenance would attract so many users back from Windows 10, Microsoft would see their revenues diving instead of the current upward trend.

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Old 31. Jan 2020, 08:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I love the idea/concept of a free Windows 7!
However, what about the hardware?
Microsoft has the developers and manufacturers in it's very deep pockets...
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I love the idea/concept of a free Windows 7!
However, what about the hardware?
Microsoft has the developers and manufacturers in it's very deep pockets...
I guess it depends very much on the individual manufacturer. I made an experiment today and installed a pre-SP1 version of Windows 7 onto a Toshiba Portege R-930. All of the drivers are still available from Toshiba and after sorting them I manually installed SP1 followed by the Simplix update pack. Took some time but everything completed without a hitch.

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Old 01. Feb 2020, 03:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I still run Windows 7 and will turn to Linux rather than use Windows 10 which I tried for 6 months but got cross with the fact that MS wanted to control MY machine. Had they not done that, it was not too bad and drivers for all my very old hardware could be got from the hardware suppliers rather than via Windows driver updates. Even if a component vendor does not supply a W10 driver, the W7 or XP drivers will still work.
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