You Have Less Than One Year To Purchase A New Windows 7 and 8.1 PC
Microsoft wants to bring everyone on Windows 10, and as part of its efforts, the company is ending sales of PCs with Windows 7 and 8.1 pre-installed at both its own stores and retailers.
The Redmond-based software giant has updated their Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet to include October 31, 2016 as the end of sales date for PCs with a previous version of OS. Beyond this date, Microsoft will only allow Windows 10 devices to be sold, which also pulls the plug on the Windows 8 era slightly ahead of schedule.
“End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMS are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software,” Microsoft explains.
Meanwhile, starting next year, Windows 1o will become an automatic “Recommended” update on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. That means even if you purchase a new PC before Oct. 31, you will definitely receive the latest software should you have automatic updates enabled.
While there won’t be any Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs available to purchase beyond the aforementioned date, Microsoft will continue to support the OSes until 2020 and 2023 respectively.