Question from Ferrell G.: Rick, the best computer I have ever owned has finally died on me and I need to replace it.
The thing is I’ve heard horrible things about both Windows 8 and Windows 10, but none of the stores I’ve been to have any Windows 7 machines left.
Do you know if it’s still possible to even buy a PC with Windows 7 on it? If so, where?
Rick’s answer: Ferrell, it’s indeed possible to still find Windows 7 computers, and you basically have two choices:
1 – Buy a used Windows 7 PC on Craigslist and save a bunch of money (while also assuming more risk), or…
2 – Buy a brand new Windows 7 machine from Amazon or another online seller that comes with the full manufacturer’s warranty.
Personally, I like both of those options, but you’ll have to decide for yourself which one is right for you.
All of that being said, I really think you should strongly reconsider your decision to avoid Windows 10.
Like you, I love Windows 7 and find it to be one of the best Windows versions ever, but after using Windows 10 for a good while I can tell you that I honestly think it’s better than Windows 7.
Windows 10 is stable, and I love the how user interface is configured and how the numerous settings and apps are so easy to find (in contrast to Windows 8).
It’s true that Windows 10 comes pre-configured with some fairly irritating privacy issues, but they can easily be mitigated (I have written a couple of posts that explain how).
Of course you can always buy a Windows 7 machine and upgrade it to Windows 10 later for free should you change your mind about the new Windows. Just keep in mind that free Windows 10 upgrades will only be available until July 28, 2016.
And now here’s one final thing that I think you should consider: If you buy a new PC with Windows 10 already on it you’ll know that your machine will have the latest hardware inside it.
That’s about all the advice I can give you Ferrell. I hope it helps. Good luck!
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