Windows 7 laptop?

kdlklm

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I'm looking for a Windows 7 laptop for some proprietary software that we have that only runs on Windows 7. It needs to have a 17.3 inch screen and some kind of SSD hard drive. Can't seem to find much. Any help would be appreciated.
 

jaguarskx

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You should be aware that beginning with the 7th generation (Kaby Lake) series Intel CPUs no longer supports any operating system prior to Windows 10. The same can be said of AMD's Ryzen APUs / CPUs. Microsoft basically made an agreement with both Intel and AMD (paid them money) to include circuitry inside the APU / CPU which prevents the installation of anything prior to Windows 10.
 

why_wolf

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Probably have to look at refurbished laptops then. Ebay, Newegg be good places to look. You can widen your search by not looking for ones with SSDs already installed, you can swap out a regular HDD for a SSD easily on your own.

Biggest problem you'll have is since you can upgrade W7 to W10 for free most refurbs have already done that.

You can always run W10 and install a VM running W7 so you can run your proprietary software. I did that for years to keep a program that would only run as high as Windows XP going for years. Actually still going right now, we only just now finalized a contract to transition to a replacement program.
 

jaguarskx

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You should be aware that beginning with the 7th generation (Kaby Lake) series Intel CPUs no longer supports any operating system prior to Windows 10. The same can be said of AMD's Ryzen APUs / CPUs. Microsoft basically made an agreement with both Intel and AMD (paid them money) to include circuitry inside the APU / CPU which prevents the installation of anything prior to Windows 10.
 
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