For more than a year, Microsoft have been trying to get everyone onto their new O.S.
This ranged from a free optional upgrade to forced upgrades. But from 01 November this year no OEM manufacturer will build, supply or sell a PC or laptop with Windows 7 or 8.1.
Now this is a double edged sword which is good and bad for Microsoft. The reason why it is good for them is it means that if people buy new machines for Christmas this year they may decide to upgrade the O.S on their current machines. This means more sales for Microsoft will mean more people to mine their data. The more data they get the more they can sell to some anonymous person for a lot of money,
Now this is also bad for Microsoft. If people don’t by new machines then they would be pulling programming and testing resources from 10 to work on security patches for 7 and 8.1 . But then for those people that decide to stay they will still be pushing security fixes. Windows 7 will still be supported until until January 14, 2020. Windows 8.1 will be supported until January 10, 2023.
Now this is also good and bad for the end-user. Good for the end-user because they wont have to learn the new interface. They will know how to do what they need to do, they know their hardware works, etc. It is bad for them because they will lose out on features that are exclusive to the new system.
But what if you buy a new pc, but don’t want the Windows 10 that will come with it. Well you can take advantage of the following:
- Existing Stock – OEM Manufacturers would still have plenty of old stock but not new.
- You can take advantage of the downgrade rights – PC’s with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed come with downgrade rights to Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional. The offer is valid for as long as Microsoft provides support these two old OS versions.
- System Builder OEMs: small PC makers who buy OEM System Builder media can continue to build and sell those PCs.
- Use your own media and license key – You can still download Windows 7 or 8.1 install image files from Microsoft. You can then burn that image onto a DVD or USB and install from there.