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  • I have a question about the continued ability to purchase Windows 7 machines.  I see that Windows 8 is being released Oct. 26<sup>th</sup> ish. I have a network of about 55 computers running a mixture of Vista Business and Win7 Pro. I need approximately 12 new computers to get them all up today with Win7 Pro, but they are not in the budget until 2013. Will there be any option to have Win7 installed on those new machines if I buy them in January 2013? 

    Monday, July 23, 2012 2:42 PM

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  • well  i will suggest you to stick with windows 7 :) due to win 8 won't be as stable as win 7. especially during the first 7 months when new OS deploy.

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    • Proposed as answer by hpp mzn Tuesday, July 24, 2012 4:21 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Kevin Remde Monday, December 3, 2012 1:09 PM
    Monday, July 23, 2012 4:50 PM
  • well  i will suggest you to stick with windows 7 :) due to win 8 won't be as stable as win 7. especially during the first 7 months when new OS deploy.

    Guowen Su
    Cisco Certified Network Associate
    Cisco Certified Internetwork professional - MPLS
    Certified Information Systems Security Professional
    Microsoft Partner Network 2011
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator:Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Certified Ethical Hacker
    Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator
    Certified Sonicwall Security Administrator
    Microsoft Geeks

    • Proposed as answer by hpp mzn Tuesday, July 24, 2012 4:21 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Kevin Remde Monday, December 3, 2012 1:10 PM
    Monday, July 23, 2012 4:51 PM
  • Hello,

    I agree with what Guowen is saying. Win * is just beta and wont be as stable as win7.

    Monday, July 30, 2012 11:30 AM
  • You probably found this already, but here is the documentation on what "downgrade rights" you have when you purchase the current version of Windows:

    http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=YXbQJixX_Uu

    Sorry, those of you who thought "Don't do it.  Just keep Windows 7" was a valid answer.  It's just your opinion.  :)

    Kevin


    Kevin Remde US DPE - IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde http://twitter.com/kevinremde

    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Monday, December 3, 2012 1:14 PM
    Monday, December 3, 2012 1:14 PM