Microsoft stops OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

Microsoft stops OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

Microsoft stops OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

Microsoft stops OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

From October 31st OEM system builders can no longer sell systems with Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1, meaning that all newly build PCs will have to ship with Windows 10. 
 
This does not mean that Microsoft will be ceasing support of both of these OSes with security updates, but it will mean that no new systems will ship with the OS. Yes, there will be some older Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 systems on some store shelves, but from November 2016 onwards OEMs will not be able to ship new systems with these older operating systems.   
 
Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020 and will end support for Windows 8/8.1 on January 10th, 2023, which means that users of either OS will have several more years of security updates. Please note that these OSes will not be patched to support new processor or GPU architectures, so these OS' are not guaranteed to work new processors and chipsets from Intel, AMD, Nvidia and other manufacturers.  
 
Right now Microsoft has not clarified how this change effect "downgrade rights" for business users, though it is worth noting that these older OSes will not support future CPU/motherboard generations which will limit business users to old machines if they wish to use an older OS. 
 
 

  
Microsoft stops OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

 

Fron now on Windows 7 and 8.1's market share should decrease, as no new systems will be built and sold with these ageing operating systems, leaving Windows 10 as the only option for a Windows based OS moving forward for pre-built systems. 

 

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02-11-2016, 10:32:21

AlienALX
Wow. What a d word move !

Saying that though I am currently using Windows 7 on my water cooled rig and it's been a complete nightmare. It still refuses to auto update so every time I have an issue with a component I have to run netstop wuauserv and install them all manually, one by one.

So it's clear that they are hating on 7 right now. Shame really.Quote

02-11-2016, 10:45:08

GiantKiwi
Now going to have to check if that also includes downgrade rights as well, as that could potentially be an enormous issue for me at work.Quote

02-11-2016, 10:57:00

WYP
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Originally Posted by GiantKiwi View Post
Now going to have to check if that also includes downgrade rights as well, as that could potentially be an enormous issue for me at work.
Microsoft is very unclear here sadly, though future machines with Intel Kaby Lake/ AMD Zen will not support these older OSes as Microsoft will not update them.

Kinda will limit businesses that use these OSes before long.Quote

02-11-2016, 15:16:46

Thelosouvlakia
Do they even realise that there are business needs around the world that can't support windows 10, right? Because of old peripherals (eg Wireless Projectors, printers) or old software...Quote

02-11-2016, 16:42:00

NeverBackDown
Businesses don't apply for this. They have contracts with MS not OEMs. The new CPUs won't really be a big deal, software companies will update there stuffQuote
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