Windows 7 sold with PCs end next month
September 24, 2014 Leave a comment
As of November 1st, Microsoft will no longer provide Dell, HP and others [known as OEMs] with Windows 7 licenses. This means that OEMs will be able to continue to sell their stock of PCs running Windows 7, but they won’t be allowed to replenish their supply. [Once they run out of license of Windows 7, they won’t be able to sell Windows 7.]
That deadline does not apply to PCs preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional, however. Microsoft has not yet gone public with the end of sales cut-off date for PCs running Windows 7 Professional.
Additionally, Microsoft also will stop full support of Windows 7 in mid-January of next year. This means that Microsoft won’t provide any free support after January 13, 2015. It also means no further major releases for Internet Explorer.
Security updates and the occasional non-security updates will continue to be provided until January 14, 2020.
Users are still able to buy a new PC with an OEM license for a business edition of Windows [i.e. Professional] and then install an earlier version. PCs with Windows 8.1 Pro can be downgraded to Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business.