Microsoft wants to help you pick the best Windows 7 PC

Microsoft may be preparing to launch Windows 8 late in 2012 but in the meantime the company has a vested interest in having consumers purchase Windows 7-based desktops and laptops. Today, the company revealed via its official Facebook page that it has launched a new website designed to help people decide which Windows 7 PC is right for them.

The process just takes a few seconds as the site asks you some questions about what kind of PC they would like. For example, say you want to get a PC that's mainly for work and you want it to be portable. Microsoft then asks what kind of tasks you want to use the PC for, what your budget is like and even how important appearance is for your new PC.

At the end of the questions, Microsoft sends you to a page on its web site where you are given three PCs to choose from that Microsoft thinks would suit your needs. When we went through the questions to get a portable work PC for under $1,000, we got our choice of three laptops from HP, Dell and Asus. You usually have two or three retailers to choose from where you can buy the PC online, including the Microsoft Store.

Of course, the big question is how many people are going to buy a new PC right now if Windows 8 comes out six to eight months from now. We suspect that some people will hold off until Microsoft announces some kind of Windows 8 upgrade program for current Windows 7 PCs

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The questionnaire does not have some of the answers I want to pick. For instance the question that asks you what you would use the PC for. I for one require a heavy duty PC - software development, virtualizing etc.

MS has good intentions it seems, however they seemed geared to be marketing vendors brand. The PC I have is much better than what MS recommended from their website. Dissapointing really. MS should show a spectrum of options and not just from a few select vendors. Shame on you MS.

I still love ya!!!

"Processors 1 GHz and above let you quickly share videos and photos"
Bitch Please. I've ditched Movie maker long time ago....

Best PC is what you built yourself to get the stuff you want., And I am excited about Windows 8 Can't wait until is RTM around October 2012 and I will be purchasing Windows 8, and hopefully they lower the cost of Windows somewhat maybe like $79-$150 would be a good price range.

Alekz Ayala said,
the best PC is the one you build by yourself, PERIOD.

Used to be, when I was into big rigs. Now that I'm a SFF guy, can't beat the Dell SFF Optiplex 990s.

Mine was relatively accurate; two models of the Zenbook and the XPS 14z...not too bad, tho I do wish there were more options to tell it what you need

Well I got a Vaio Z Series with media dock... which, cost as double as my dv6-6110sg laptop (and my laptop has double the performance except perhaps the processor)

Which means that more or less is ok... but they need to show more options and real power.

Well that... sucked.

After carefully considering my choices, it recommended a $700 Alienware... What. the. hell? Why would someone that wants to Webcam and watch movies (those were pretty much the only options for "What do you do with your PC?", by the way) need an Alienware PC?!

Majesticmerc said,
Well that... sucked.

After carefully considering my choices, it recommended a $700 Alienware... What. the. hell? Why would someone that wants to Webcam and watch movies (those were pretty much the only options for "What do you do with your PC?", by the way) need an Alienware PC?!

Because maybe Alienware paid to be the top (and only?) suggested pc.

Majesticmerc said,
Well that... sucked.

After carefully considering my choices, it recommended a $700 Alienware... What. the. hell? Why would someone that wants to Webcam and watch movies (those were pretty much the only options for "What do you do with your PC?", by the way) need an Alienware PC?!

Funny, it just recommanded me as first choice the exact PC I bought last saturday for my brother (a hp dm1)!

So for me, I found it surprisingly accurate!