With Windows 10 being pushed forward to more and more users, all previous Windows operating systems are slowly spiralling down into obsoletion. There are still a few years left till the end of extended support for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. To be exact it's 14th January 2020 for Windows 7 and 10th January 2023 for Windows 8/8.1, so no need to worry about your current computer just yet.

Retail copies of Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 sold as standalone software ended a long time ago, so people who still want to legally purchase anything else than Windows 10 may have to do so by buying a computer with pre-installed older Windows version. A so-called "OEM" license.

But, the ability to purchase pre-installed OEM Windows 7/8/8.1 computer is about to end very soon. The end of sales for PCs with Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 pre-installed is scheduled to be 31st October 2016 for both Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 (for Windows 8 it's few months earlier, 30th June 2016). This may become a serious problem for companies and enterprise solutions, which haven't prepared themselves for the step up to Windows 10, or haven't even started testing Windows 10 functionality with their enterprise environment (specific corporate softwares, servers, specific legacy hardware devices and so on). Doing so is a far, far more complex task than the relatively painless upgrade process us end users do. 

Right now for gamers it's a case of upgrade or miss out, with Microsoft aggressively pursuing the use of Windows 10 exclusives and games locked down to the Windows 10 Store. But those of us who preferred the older operating systems find ourselves in a bind. 

So, are you planning to buy a computer before this date to get Windows 7/8.1 or will you just jump straight into Windows 10? Perhaps Microsoft's aggressive stance is getting you to look at adopting a different operating system? Let us know what your thoughts are on this situation in the comments below!

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