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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Eastbourne East Sussex UK
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    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 143934.693
       04 Nov 2015 #1

    Microsoft to discontinue Windows 7 and 8.1 next November


    Windows 7 has another year to go before it will no longer be preinstalled on new PCs.


    Still want to buy a PC that comes with Windows 7 or 8.1 from the get-go? You've got less than a year.

    Updated late October, Microsoft's "Windows lifecycle fact sheet" shows October 31, 2016, as the "end of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled" for both Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1, a change spotted by CNET sister site ZDNet. After that date, the only choice for consumers will be to purchase new computers with Windows 10 installed. The lone exception will be businesses with license agreements that entitle them to choose which version of Windows they want preinstalled.

    The deadline puts pressure on consumers who have grown comfortable with Windows 7 and are reluctant to upgrade their operating system if they buy a new PC. For Microsoft, it's a necessary step toward its goal of having Windows 10 power 1 billion devices, which underscores the company's message that the new software can tie together PCs, tablets and mobile phones with apps that can run on any of them.

    Windows 7 users may not realize it, but they actually caught a break. Microsoft typically sets the end-of-sales date for each version of Windows two years after the release of a new version. That means Windows 7's cutoff date should have been in October 2014, two years after the launch of Windows 8. The lack of consumer demand for Windows 8 prompted Microsoft to keep Windows 7 alive longer than expected.


    Users who want to continue running Windows 7 on their existing PCs need not worry. Extended technical support will be available until January 14, 2020, when you'll still be able to get security patches, bug fixes and other updates. The same type of support for Windows 8 will run until January 10, 2023.

    Despite the extended deadline for Windows 7 and 8.1, Microsoft is heavily pushing Windows 10.

    The new operating system, which launched at the end of July, is available as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users for the first year. Microsoft has been using frequent pop-up notices to remind those who reserved a copy to install the new operating system. The company has also classified Windows 10 as an "optional update" and early next year expects to change that to a "recommended update," Windows and Devices Group executive vice president Terry Myerson said last week.

    Source

    Microsoft to discontinue Windows 7 and 8.1 next November - CNET
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 297
    Windows 10 Pro
       04 Nov 2015 #2

    Seems reasonable to me. 10 seems to be going well with all folks at work who have moved to it.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Eastbourne East Sussex UK
    Posts : 2,446
    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 143934.693
       04 Nov 2015 #3

    Yes it does to me also.
    Because if i brought a new laptop now I would want one with windows 10 on it.
    My reason save all the hassle of upgrading.
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  4. Joined : Jun 2014
    USA
    Posts : 424
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       04 Nov 2015 #4

    Though the headlines sound sensationalistic, lets not overlook this....

    Users who want to continue running Windows 7 on their existing PCs need not worry. Extended technical support will be available until January 14, 2020, when you'll still be able to get security patches, bug fixes and other updates. The same type of support for Windows 8 will run until January 10, 2023.
    Meaning that though you may not be able to find a PC with a "preinstalled" copy of Windows 7/8, the OS's themselves will still be supported till 2020 for Win 7, and 2023 for Win 8.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2014
    Florida
    Posts : 432
    W10 AU & W10 Insider
       04 Nov 2015 #5

    Was at the dentist last week. They have a screen mounted to the chair to view x-ray's etc. It was running WinXP. Doubt if it will ever be updated.
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  6.    04 Nov 2015 #6

    meebers said: View Post
    Was at the dentist last week. They have a screen mounted to the chair to view x-ray's etc. It was running WinXP. Doubt if it will ever be updated.
    I hope they had something more up to date in the anaesthetic area!
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  7. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 12,942
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       04 Nov 2015 #7

    davehc said: View Post
    I hope they had something more up to date in the anaesthetic area!
    Why? IF it's off line....

    ***Notice, big if***
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  8.    04 Nov 2015 #8

    meebers said: View Post
    Was at the dentist last week. They have a screen mounted to the chair to view x-ray's etc. It was running WinXP. Doubt if it will ever be updated.
    Many of our government offices still run XP. In our state we return cans and bottles, I noticed that many of the machines also run XP.

    Despite Microsoft's efforts I think Windows 7 will be with us for quite sometime. I for one will not be upgrading.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 297
    Windows 10 Pro
       04 Nov 2015 #9

    Microsoft simply won't be selling new licenses for these old OS's. It's not that they are going to vaporize existing systems and make them go away.
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  10. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       04 Nov 2015 #10

    Whatever. . .7 and 8.1 just have nothing I want or will miss. . .
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