Up For Debate - Is This The End Of The Line For Windows 7 And Windows 8 Users

Written by Tomas Bydzovsky on Sun, Mar 6, 2016 4:00 PM
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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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13:52 Mar-13-2016

at least oem give windows 10 for free, if not, i might not even upgrade my notebook to Windows 10. UI system is cool but there are some features that disturb me so far, like an automatic updates. Still, my pc runs on windows 8.1 very well until now.

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05:53 Mar-11-2016

I am currently using windows 8 and i have no reason to update it for 10

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08:09 Mar-08-2016

damn i am still using vista to this day, buying a new windows 10 license is expensive for me, idk how long can vista hold this :(

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08:15 Mar-08-2016

Windows Vista's Extended Support ends April 11th 2017.


Get Windows 8.1 or 7.

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20:18 Mar-08-2016

if your using your PC just for browsing, listening music, watching videos etc.. windows 7 is fine. Or if u want a gaming rig i recommended it with w10.

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04:08 Mar-08-2016

So what was the last date to upgrade for free??

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07:30 Mar-08-2016

July 29, 2016 according to MS website

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03:03 Mar-08-2016

There are a good saying in my Country "Nothing is free in the life" ("Nada es gratis en la vida"), a musician group (Cuarteto de Nos also sing something that can be translated as "in church if the charity is big also the Saint distrust it")

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02:57 Mar-08-2016

I have removed dust from my old console games: the nes and the gameboy advance, i have begin to play again classics like fallout 2. I don´t need install windows 10 to enjoy a good game. I will not give microsoft all my data.

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22:39 Mar-07-2016

I will do my best not to update. I'm quite satisfied with my win7 PC OS. On top of that I've heard a few things about windows 10 that makes me never want to touch it... Maybe I should start considering Apple products :/

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23:12 Mar-07-2016

you'll spend some time with OSX, then you'll run back and give windows a great big hug and apologize for being silly enough to think apple could replace it.


trust me. i know.

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22:33 Mar-07-2016

Windows 10 reps is kinda mixed bags around me, but maybe i will upgrade to it when the time comes.

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20:50 Mar-07-2016

Honestly, if Microsoft wanted to showcase all the features and functionality of Windows 10...


...they've pretty much done things the exact opposite way they should've.


If anything, their aggression has created greater distances between me and "upgrading" - than if they'd said absolutely nothing and not bothered spending a penny on marketing.

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19:43 Mar-07-2016

Fu*k Win 10, 8 for now i stay on 7, when some real hacker team will have decompiled w10 to found all the spy and other things that microsoft like then maybe....

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20:17 Mar-07-2016

You do know all that spy stuff is in your Windows 7 as well and yes it has been talked about in the past.

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21:21 Mar-07-2016

Only if you accepted the updates that added it.

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18:31 Mar-07-2016

I just built a new PC and guess what? I installed Windows 7 and Linux Mint. I also have, for professional reasons, MacOS in a virtual machine and I will consider first to downgrade to Windows XP, before going to WIndows 10. I just hope the DX12 alternative takes off and is adopted by the game developers, before I'm forced to install that Crapware10 thing...

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16:26 Mar-07-2016

I already upgraded my win7 laptop to win10 and it often pisses me off. The interface is nowhere near as nice as win7 or even 8.1 (with classic shell). The default update setting is pure evil and it comes with lot of useless software that can't be easily uninstalled. I'll keep windows 8.1 on my rig until DX12 becomes a must-have (hope it doesn't). I even thought of "downgrading" to an illegitimate copy of windows 7 during my next system reinstall.

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14:58 Mar-07-2016

support? what do they mean by support?

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15:17 Mar-07-2016

They mean like security and other kind of updates for the OS

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14:02 Mar-07-2016

the privacy argument is overrated. All windows versions lacked privacy, windows always send back data to MS ever since I recall win 95 doing it.

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15:48 Mar-07-2016

Yeah pretty much. Honestly if you want privacy just use Linux. Never use Windows for "shady" things. For legal things you should have no problem using Windows 10.

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10:05 Mar-07-2016

wow so many people have already upgraded.i kinda feel that all our talk of microsoft not being fair on privacy issues in windows 10 will be negated by the fact that we all have it installed and running on our pcs.

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13:50 Mar-07-2016

windows is windows and windows can take the privacy away from windows 7 as easy as windows 10, if you're concerned about privacy than just don't go windows.

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15:25 Mar-07-2016

that's not how it's supposed to be.every os in the market should be honest to it's consumers.just because windows isn't honest doesn't mean it shouldn't be.

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18:45 Mar-07-2016

Windows 7 cannot spy without accepting the updates that do the spying such as telemetry, ect... Most of the spyware updates started rolling out just after Windows 10 went live. So far I have blocked about 20 update in Windows 7 that are spyware since then. So no 7 can't spy on the same level 10 does unless you accept those updates. You know... the update that you are forced to get with Windows 10 because you have no control over updates anymore.

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09:44 Mar-07-2016

How much does Win10 cost?


I'm planning upgrading once DX12 games are the standards...

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10:38 Mar-07-2016

about 240$ for Win10 Pro (USB package) in my country

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15:49 Mar-07-2016

If you already have Windows 7 or 8 installed then it is free. I believe a license for just Windows 10 home however is $100.

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18:27 Mar-07-2016

Seen people getting legitimate w10 keys from g2a or kinguin for like, 20€ wich is roughly the same in dollars.

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22:34 Mar-07-2016

w10 home 123.69 EU - 241.92 leva in my country. To Brayden51: He might not plan to upgrade it 4free. And you know, if he follows the gaming or software industry he'll know it and he might not want to upg it now.

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08:15 Mar-07-2016

Windows 10 is not worth it.

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08:58 Mar-07-2016

Worth it ? is it not free anymore?

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13:47 Mar-07-2016

Its still free if u have a legal copy of Windows 7-8/8.1. If u don't have a legal windows then you cant have the legal update

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13:53 Mar-07-2016

actually that's not true, I don't have a legal copy of windows on my laptop and upgraded to windows 10, the validity of the license remains though.

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15:17 Mar-07-2016

even with nonlegal copies, you still get the a windows 10 upgrade. ms even said that. it was to standardize security across as many pcs as possible.

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07:58 Mar-07-2016

So here's the thing: Windows 10 is still an unfinished operating system and I'm not going to get an unfinished product, especially from a company like Microsoft.


The fact that they're forcing people to upgrade, essentially copying Apple, doesn't sit too well with me. Maybe the reason why Intel said "we're gonna start over with PC not being a part of our main concerns" might be because they've seen the **** that Microsoft would do before us.
Anyway maybe I will in the future, but for now, no

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13:57 Mar-07-2016

Windows always forced users, it never had free software and the users had never control. It's not a biased opinion, both MS and Apple have been closed OS's.

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15:49 Mar-07-2016

I can agree with that, however it's like they've turned for a small no-harm-done group to a full on extremist organisation.


They're literally saying "We don't give a sh*t about the customer, why should we? We want your money. And you're going to stay with us, because we'll make you!".
That kind of approach is wrong on so many levels.

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19:22 Mar-08-2016

I must be one lucky bastard because i built a new desktop and i have w10 since day 1 without any problems or bugs, also, gotta get that sweet dx12 later on.

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19:27 Mar-08-2016

I've had it since day 1 of the insider program and have had absolutely zero issues, so does that give me 10 LCK?

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06:32 Mar-07-2016

If upgrading to Windows 10 would benefit me i would glady upgrade months ago. Problem is, it is actually a downgrade from Windows 7. Being able to play mobile games is not a big enough advantage and DX12 is more of a bait than a service. Please don't expect me to downgrade just because Microsoft wants so. I am supporting Vulcan against Microsoft monopoly to the end! Accept your failures with last 2.5 OSs, make a better OS than Windows 7 and people will gladly support you.

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07:45 Mar-07-2016

this is exactly my attitude, there is no reason to move from Windows 7, until Windows 10 offers something extra over it :P

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15:52 Mar-07-2016

It does, I honestly loved Windows 7 and kept with it through Windows 8. However, Windows 10's boot times smoke Windows 7 and it supports more hardware and external devices then Windows 7. It looks more clean and is more responsive.

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21:02 Mar-07-2016

about boot times, I don't see noticeable improvement, core is being just hibernated by default, which explains slightly faster boot,
more hardware is questionable - sure it will have to support all the recent and latest hardware, but countless older and legacy devices don't work well, for ex. some wifi devices work only with Win7 driver, which can be put into Win10 but it's not 100% bugproof
more clean and more responsive is matter of taste - if you adjust menu timeouts in Windows 7 registry, it'll respond much faster as well

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11:29 Mar-07-2016

personally, i don't really think win7 better than win10 or win10 better than win7...just my opinion

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05:42 Mar-07-2016

Using Windows 10 since it came out and have no problems. When people talk about "taking my information", c'mon, if u're using gmail, other google products and social media, then why do you cry about microsoft? Like google and social media don't take your information.

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05:56 Mar-07-2016

What information, no pictures, no documents, nothing. But on PC there are a lot of pictures and documents.

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08:00 Mar-07-2016

Well you have an Andriod Phone. So Goolge knows about yout contacts, location, chats and the pictures, documents and information you have on your device

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18:48 Mar-07-2016

Do you keep the same information in your phone that you do your PC? I know that I don't

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06:23 Mar-07-2016

Your OS should not spy on you like social media does. They already made their money when you bought their crap.

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