Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur
I presume from this that come October 31st we're going to see nothing but OEM copies of Windows 7 Professional over at Newegg and the like. Nothing I find particularly problematic, but still not really nice news.
No, what the article is referring to is that after the 31st, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to install any flavor Win 7 on computers destined for the retail consumer market. Whether OEM copies of the various flavors of Win 7 will still be available or not is a completely different issue.
As far as it not being nice news, M$ has extended the date past when it wanted to do this. Win 7 has been out since 2009; you can't expect M$ to keep selling it anymore than to expect an automobile manufacturer to keep making the exact same model year after year. F150 models, for example, typically have only four year model runs with running changes still going on during each run.
If you want to keep Win 7 and/or use it in future builds, you better snap a few OEMs now while you can because they won't be out there much longer. I'm glad I snagged a couple of extra retail copies (one Ultimate and one Home Premium) while I could still get them.