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Upcycle Windows 7

by Greg Farough Contributions Published on Jan 23, 2020 04:54 PM
Microsoft's support of Windows 7 is over, but its life doesn't have to end. We call on Microsoft to upcycle it instead.

Signers: 13,635

Since our petition, Windows 8 has joined Windows 7 in the landfill. When will Microsoft let the community upcycle it instead?

Read our wrapup post on the petition's reception, delivery, and the Microsoft Build Event.

On January 14th, Windows 7 reached its official "end-of-life," bringing an end to its updates as well as its ten years of poisoning education, invading privacy, and threatening user security. The end of Windows 7's lifecycle gives Microsoft the perfect opportunity to undo past wrongs, and to upcycle it instead.

We call on them to release it as free software, and give it to the community to study and improve. As there is already a precedent for releasing some core Windows utilities as free software, Microsoft has nothing to lose by liberating a version of their operating system that they themselves say has "reached its end."

To the executives at Microsoft:

  • We demand that Windows 7 be released as free software. Its life doesn't have to end. Give it to the community to study, modify, and share.
  • We urge you to respect the freedom and privacy of your users - not simply strongarm them into the newest Windows version.
  • We want more proof that you really respect users and user freedom, and aren't just using those concepts as marketing when convenient.

We need your help to send Microsoft a strong message. We want 7,777 supporters to take a stand with us for freedom - not just for ourselves, but for future generations of computer users.

Share the petition

A lot has changed since the FSF's controversial Windows 7 Sins campaign in 2009, which depicted throwing Windows in the trash. This time around, let's share an image encouraging Microsoft to do the right thing. Let's #UpcycleWindows7.

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The "Upcycle Windows" image is made available under the CC0 1.0 Universal license.

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