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Windows 7: Microsoft has stopped sales of some Windows 7 and Windows 8 Versions

03 Nov 2014   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Microsoft has stopped sales of some Windows 7 and Windows 8 Versions

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Microsoft has officially discontinued the sale of Windows 7 and Windows 8. As of October 31, 2014, some versions of Windows 7 and 8 will no longer able available for consumer purchase.

As of October 31st, Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate will no longer be available for purchase, directly from a retailer. Also the aforementioned OS's will not be pre-installed on any computers that are being sold through OEM's. Windows 7 Professional and 8 will also no longer be available for retail purchase, but these OS's will still be able to be found on PC's being sold by OEM's.
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See also: Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Windows Help


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20 Nov 2014   #2
cathbertpk1987

64 bit
 
 

Has Windows 8 started to perform better in the market. So far i'm still using Windows 7 Ultimate.
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21 Nov 2014   #3
lffoar

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

And I thought we had freedom of choice!! Yeah, free to choose whatever Micro$oft will allow us to have. Gggggrrrrrrrrrrr
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22 Nov 2014   #4
gulls777

Windows 10 Pro x64 v1607
 
 

Have tried windows 8, 8.1, 8.1.1 and 10 preview.
All are delusional windows versions for me.
While 7 still remains "to the point", clean and beautiful OS.

They are trying to kill 7. While i just purchased a 4th gen haswell laptop and it also had drivers for windows 7 available.
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22 Nov 2014   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

OEM copies of 7-8 pro are still going to be available while supplies last,
Scoop up an oem home premium now while they still last

From a end user view I would say I'm an average user and I don't see any difference on the surface (no pun intended) from the 2d 8... and 10 so far
Borders are still gone
Start menu has Bing as a default search Everywhere foolishness
Kindergarten colors without glass
It's still 8 for the most part and nothing special in my eyes

Would I upgrade from 8... probably I have an unused copy now,
Would I "upgrade" from 7 narrrr
I've got a oem for a near future build and that will take me for a while if I'll need to use third party browsers.... and turn off ie and uninstall mse well I can live without either I'm sure of that
Cheers.
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22 Nov 2014   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I have an unused OEM and retail Windows 7 (SP1). I know that general support is supposed to end January 2015 but with security updates supported until much later (2020). A question is if you install a new license W7 in say mid 2015 would you get all the update downloads? If not then I guess you'd need some SP1+ update ISO that just needs the activation key.

BYW I could still buy Windows 7 Home Premium OEM from a reputable supplier.
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22 Nov 2014   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Generally ALL existing downloads will still be available through Windows Update until at least the full end-of-life - and for a long time after (I haven't checked lately, but last time I tried, WU still worked for Win ME!). Mostly the only updates that get pulled are ones which are known to cause problems in terms of security or copyright.
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22 Nov 2014   #8
MouseGolf

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Not to be concerned. Windows computers with Windows 7 HP and Professional will still be avaiable for years to come. The extended product support life cycle is January 2020.

I believe as many others do, that Windows 7 will follow the same path Windows XP did. Corporations will demand that Microsoft continue to support Windows 7 beyond the "end of support period". W8 and W10 are a flop for productive PC users both in the Consumer and Corporate world.

Granted, W10 Preview is better than W8 but again, M$ is putting way too many UI changes into it to keep the system "user friendly". I have used W10 for a month, learned it, tweaked it and that's the latest consumer build. It's still bogus with tiles. Get rid of the tiles, put back the links on the Start Menu to the Control Panel etc. and keep the new Right Click on the Start Menu filled with choices (that's new in W10 and useful).
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22 Nov 2014   #9
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
The W8 Preview Pattern

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SuperTweaker View Post
Granted, W10 Preview is better than W8 but again, M$ is putting way too many UI changes into it to keep the system "user friendly".
The problem with W10 is MS is following the pattern they established with the W8 series (DP, CP ,RP).
Each release has been worse than the previous one(i.e. W8 DP was the best W8 release).

W10 TP has been going "two steps backward, one step forward".

W10 TP b9841 was basically perfect on my machine.
W10 TP b9860 and b9879 are both worse than b9841.

MS are still obsessed with cramming incompatible-device operating systems and GUIs into the one product.

IMO, the first W10 TP was so good, if MS had stripped out the useless phone/tablet stuff, they could have started selling it to desktop users.
As an added bonus it probably would have run much faster (without the Metro stuff "gunking it up").

After b9841, I was giving serious consideration to installing W10 Final.
After the last two "upgrades" my enthusiasm has waned.
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23 Nov 2014   #10
MouseGolf

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post

MS are still obsessed with cramming incompatible-device operating systems and GUIs into the one product.
I concur. They (R&D) need to stop trying to improve the mouse trap!
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