to-get-a-new-pc-that-runs-windows-7-largeNew Coke, the XFL, the recently canceled ABC drama 666 Park Avenue—all perfectly decent, but they lacked that certain excitement that turns a pimply kid into a Justin Bieber.

Windows 8 is also having a hard time exciting the masses. We love much about its touch-oriented user interface, personalization features, and deep links to cloud services. But many people shopping for a new PC just want the familiarity of Windows 7.

Pay a visit to Best Buy, as we did, and you’ll find that if you hope to stick with Windows 7, you may be in for a rude awakening. “We don’t carry Windows 7 anymore. It was phased out last year,” a blue-shirted salesperson told us at a Dedham, Massachusetts, store.

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