Windows 7 / 8 Will Not Be Available After October

If you really love Windows 7 or Windows 8 and don't want to buy a PC loaded with Windows 10, you'd better break out your wallet pretty quick. Microsoft has announced that OEMs will not be allowed to sell computers pre-loaded with earlier versions of Windows effective November 1. This is unlike Microsoft, but they really want to consolidate their OS platform, and it makes a lot of sense in terms of security and support.

The end of the Windows 7/8.1 sales lifecycle doesn't mean that those older versions of Windows will be completely dead, of course. As I've explained in the past, the support and sales lifecycles are completely different. (See "What the Windows 7 Pro sales lifecycle changes mean to consumers and business buyers.")

Source: ZDNet