It’s almost the end for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1


There is certainly lots to like about Windows 10, however, the rollout of Microsoft’s new operating system hasn’t been without its problems for some people.

And while it may boast 400 million+ users, some may still want to buy a new PC or laptop and run the ever popular Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

Well, this is bad news if you had planned to do just that.

Microsoft has quietly revealed that it has stopped selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 licenses to computer manufacturers, meaning that all new laptops and PCs will now ship with Windows 10.

This is a major blow for anyone who doesn’t like Microsoft’s new operating system.

Previously Microsoft announced it was to stop selling retail versions of the Windows 7 and 8.1, with the latest news meaning that the only other official way of purchasing a version of the aforementioned operating systems is now also being closed.

“End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)”, Microsoft confirmed to Forbes.



In its heyday, Windows 7 accounted for 56 percent of all desktop operating systems.

Despite Microsoft seeing a surge in user uptake for Windows 10 during its free upgrade offer, this has flatlined since the offer ended, with Microsoft still way short of reaching its target of 1 billion Windows 10 devices by mid 2018.

Of course this latest news isn’t the final nail in the coffin for Windows 7 and 8.1, that’s coming in 2020 and 2023, respectively, when Microsoft will end support for both operating systems.

At least you have a bit of time between now and then to get used to Windows 10!


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