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Microsoft is no longer selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). This effectively means that Windows 10 is the only version of Windows available to the companies building new PCs.

On October 31st, Microsoft ended sales of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 Want to Buy a Windows 7 PC? Hurry! Halloween Marks End of Sales Want to Buy a Windows 7 PC? Hurry! Halloween Marks End of Sales Soon, Windows 10 will be the only Windows operating system you can buy officially. On October 31, Windows 7 and 8.1 are reaching their end of sales milestone. We explain what that means for you. Read More for PCs with Windows pre-installed on them. Microsoft previously stopped selling Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licenses in October 2014, and Windows 8 licenses in June 2016.

This means OEMs can now only buy Windows 10 licenses from Microsoft. They are allowed to use the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 licenses they already have in stock, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. And it likely won’t take long to decimate the existing stock.

Your Time Is Running Out

For consumers, this means time is running out for you to buy a new PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 preinstalled on it. After manufacturers run out of their existing stock, you’ll then have to buy your own copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 How to Get a Cheap Windows 7 or 8 License Now to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free How to Get a Cheap Windows 7 or 8 License Now to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Worried about the future of your old or pirated Windows copy? Now is the time to snatch a cheap Windows 7 or 8 license to secure yourself that free upgrade to Windows 10. We show... Read More and install it yourself. Or move on to Windows 10.

If you do stick with Windows 7 or Windows 8, you’ll have to keep one eye on when Microsoft is ending support for those operating systems. Mainstream support for Windows 7 has already ended, with Windows 8.1 set to follow suit in January 2018. Windows 10, on the other hand, is going to be supported until at least 2025.

Windows 10 Is the Future

For Microsoft, Windows 10 is the future, the only future, and the one operating system to rule them all Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More . The company is selling Windows 10 as a service rather than a product, and is likely to keep evolving it for many years to come.

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However, if you’re not a fan of Windows 10 already, you’re unlikely to ever be a fan. And that leaves you with a stark choice between making do with a version of Windows you really don’t like, and switching to either macOS or Linux. Which is a sucky choice.

Are you determined to stick with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? If so, why? What do you love about those operating systems? What do you have against Windows 10 that means you’re not willing to upgrade to it under any circumstances? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Dracus
    November 3, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    It is simple, really - I value my privacy and the control over my system. Windows 10 has none right now and never will. I also think that Win7 wins overall in usability compared to Win10. So, I'm slowly reading manuals to move to Debian when the time for Win7 is over. I just don't really have the time right now for migration, so it could happen sometime before Win7' end of support, or even sooner, if MS throws another trick like the recent patchocalypse.

    • John
      November 4, 2016 at 3:36 am

      I have used the same Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 since about 2009. Windows 7 is the most amazing operating system I've ever used.

    • Micho
      November 4, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Just for your information. If you value your privacy, then you shouldn't be using Windows at all. No mater which version. They built NSA backdoor in all Windows versions since 1999 http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/microsoft-programmed-in-nsa-backdoor-in-windows-by-1999.html. After 911 they built this backdoor legally so XP SP2 was the first Windows version, with legally built NSA backdoor (legally in USA). By Linus Torvalds, the NSA wanted to inject backdoor code into Linux kernel. But this is not possible (even if Linus wanted to do this), because the kernel is open source, maintained by many good people of Linux community and that kind of "vulnerability" would be patched sooner or later http://falkvinge.net/2013/11/17/nsa-asked-linus-torvalds-to-install-backdoors-into-gnulinux/.

  2. AKP
    November 2, 2016 at 3:33 am

    I am using a lenovo laptop of cost around 50k with Windows 7home basic.It doesn't support win10 officially.You say,what can I do?If I shall use win10 then I have to buy a new pc.So,microsoft should make win10 versions for each PCs and the pc companies should support customer to use win10.In my case my laptop is of 4gb ram,i5 3rd gen with 500gb hard-disk.But lenovo says your pc is not supported to win10.Lenovo should provide all necessary driver to run win10 .

    • Micho
      November 2, 2016 at 8:09 am

      If your computer is not supported officially by the manufacturer it doesn't mean that is not supported by Windows 10. I have six years old Acer laptop, which under no circumstances would support Windows 10 (it is "officially" not supported nor for Win 8). My computer is officially supported by Windows 7, but after installation of Windows 7, (because there was only DOS installed when I bought it) nothing worked out of the box. Not even Ethernet card. All drivers had to be manually installed, from the supplied CD. When I installed Windows 10 everything worked out of the box. The only hardware that didn't worked was DVD ROM, for which I had to install AMD chipset update manually. I'am Linux user and Windows is my secondary boot, but I must say that Windows 10 is best Windows version by far.

      • AKP
        November 3, 2016 at 11:38 am

        I UPGRADED MY LAPTOP FROM W7 HB TO W10 HOME THROUGH WU FOR FREE DURING NOV2015.THEN MY PC REACTED SLOWLY TO ALL PROGRAMMES.THE WORST THING HAPPENED AFTER ANNIVERSARY UPDATE DURING SEPT2016.IT CANT INSTALLED AFTER SEVERAL DOWNLOAD.THEN MY PC STOPPED AND WIFI ADAPTER VANISHED.CONTACTED MICROSOFT.THEY SAID WE CANT HELP YOU FOR NON COMPATIBILITY OF YOUR SYSTEM TO W10. CONTACTED LENOVO, THEY SAID YOUR PC IS OUT OF WARRANTY,BETTER RETURNED BACK TO W7.I RETURNED BACK TO W7 BY RECOVERY MEDIA.IT IS MY EXPERIENCE WITH W10.

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