Microsoft has announced that it will no longer be selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.

Fulfilling their long-term promise on its Windows lifecycle page, Microsoft has confirmed ‘End of sales’ for both the most popular operating system ever made and perhaps the most disliked operating system in the world.

What is End of Sales

“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.”

What this means to consumers and businesses is that you now cannot buy a new computer with Windows 7 or 8.1 installed. Previously OEMs were the last official way to still get copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 because Microsoft already stopped retail sales to consumers two years ago. Consequently, every new Windows PC will come with Windows 10 and users will no longer have ‘downgrade rights’ to attain it with a previous edition.

Fortunately for businesses who still run a system that requires older versions of Windows, you can still buy computers that run it from Tier 1 Online.

What This Means

If you do run a system that relies on Windows 7 or 8.1 there’s no need to panic, but is time to start planning for the future. Windows will provide ongoing update support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 until January 2020 and 2023 respectively.

Microsoft has been doing its best to turn Windows 7 and Windows 8 into Windows 10 in recent months so we wouldn’t predict a particularly difficult switchover down the line.

If you require a Windows 7 PC then head over to Tier 1 Online or if you feel that it’s time to get rid of your old computer hardware and upgrade then call 0161 777 1000 to talk to someone here about how we can help you dispose of it responsibly.

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