In Brief : Microsoft is ending the sales of PCs which come preinstalled with Windows 7 & and 8.1.This change will come into effect in November 2016. The security support for these files will be continued and Redmond will continue to provide security fixes for these versions.
Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Windows 10 by partnering with different OEMs,some customers still prefer buying new PCs powered by the older version of Windows. If you’re planning to buy one,then hurry up!!
Microsoft has officially declared that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs won’t be available in the market from November 2016. In simple words,these operating systems are officially expired for Microsoft.
Microsoft support page mentions that Windows 7 Professional whose sales have ended on October 31,2013,won’t be sold separately or preinstalled on a PC.Same applies for Windows 8.1.This change will be implemented by Microsoft’s royalty OEMs like Dell, Lenovo, Acer, and HP. They’ll now only sell PCs powered by versions of Windows 10.
So,What about existing installations of Windows 7 And 8.1?
The older versions of Windows aren’t dead completely. Microsoft will continue to roll out security updates via Windows Update. Windows 7 will receive updates until January 14,2020 and Windows 8.1 will be supported until January 2016.
Also, this new step is inspired by the fact that all the latest Processors from Intel and AMD will only support Windows 10.The signature edition on Windows 10 laptops provided by different OEMs are locked onto boot SSD so that there’s no option of installing any other OS. The SSDs are code locked and are unlocked by the manufacturers only.These laptops are made to experience every tiny functionality of Windows 10 such as the Windows Hello for logging in using IR sensors in the laptops.
There is still an option to install Windows 7 and 8.1 on newer devices. But, be ready to move on to Windows 10 in future as Microsoft and OEMs will not provide a long-time support.
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