Microsoft asks OEMs to stop selling Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs from October 2016!

Microsoft has recently updated its Windows Lifecycle sheet in which it set a deadline of October 2016 for OEMs to sell Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. So, all those who want to purchase a Win 7 and Win 8/8.1 system have to do it within this time.

The chart the following details after the recent update from Microsoft.

Client operating systems and updates Date of general availability Retail software end of sales End of sales for PCs with windows pre-installed
Windows XP December 31st,2001 June 30,2008 October 22,2010
Windows Vista Jan 30,2007 Oct 22,2010 Oct 22,2011
Windows 7 Home Basic, Premium and Ultimate Oct 22,2009 Oct 31,2013 Oct 31,2014
Windows 7 Professional Oct 22,2009 Oct 31,2013 Oct 31,2016
Windows 8 October 26,2012 Oct 31,2014 June 30,2016
Windows 8.1 Oct 18,2013 September 1,2015 Oct 31,2016
Windows 10 July 29,2015 NA August,2025(unconfirmed)

Note- All Windows 7 PCs will get extended support till January 14, 2020. The mainstream support will end in November 2016.

All Windows 8 and 8.1 laptops will get mainstream support till January 9, 2018 and extended support follows till January 10, 2023.

In January this year, Microsoft announced that its latest Windows 10 OS will get the support till

Now, to those who are eager to know the difference between Microsoft’s mainstream support and extended support, here’s the real meaning of it.

Microsoft Mainstream Support for Windows– Ending mainstream support for a product means Microsoft will no longer be enhancing that product. Microsoft will continue to issue bug fixes and patches for security and reliability issues

So, when mainstream support ends, this is what occurs:

  • Microsoft no longer supplies non-security hot fixes unless you have an extended support agreement
  • All warranty claims end
  • Microsoft no long accepts requests for new features and design changes

Microsoft Extended Support for Windows– To get this support the user usually needs to pay a premium amount. In this period the user will get security and non-security updates.

Our StorageServers blog Advice- To those who are not yet ready to go for a Windows 10 OS loaded system, for reasons best known to them; considering Windows 8/8.1 OS loaded PCs for purchase will be a good option.

Better not go for a Windows 7 loaded PC purchase for Thanksgiving and in upcoming Black Friday deals, as Microsoft may charge them for updates after Oct 2016.

Best wishes!


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