Microsoft has officially shut down its sales of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to OEMs.
For retailers, resellers and business, this means that all new PCs and laptops coming onto the market from 2016 onwards will have the latest Microsoft operating system installed, with no option to downgrade to an earlier version.
The US software giant had previously stopped selling Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate in October 2014, and has now brought the curtain down on sales of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 to OEMs.
“End of sales” refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
Support for Windows 7 was stopped in 2015. For reference Windows 7’s “end of support” date is Jan 14, 2020. (Having lost mainstream support back in Jan 13, 2015).
We have now passed the Windows 7 Professional “end of sales” date which was October 31, 2016.
Microsoft had initially kept Windows 7 Pro available for longer than usual, due to the negative public reaction to Windows 8, but has now stopped the feed, instead focusing solely on Windows 10.
Can I downgrade?
If you still don’t fancy upgrading to Windows 10 or your shoppers are not ready to make the jump, there will still be some remaining legacy stock of computers equipped with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1 while stocks still last.
Some users have been anxious to make the upgrade to Windows 10 due to privacy issues. If you are opposed to Windows 10, and still have a licence for a previous version of Windows, you’ll still be able to downgrade a new machine with Windows 10 preinstalled… however remember the support deadlines ending above.
You can still pick up Windows 7 here, check the link for more details.