Microsoft confirmed on their support page that they will discontinue preinstalling Windows 7 and 8.1 on PCs available for sale. This makes Windows 10 the only Microsoft OS available for purchase, and could boost sales of their most recent products.
Direct sales of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 terminated in 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively. However, Microsoft continued to install these operating systems on PCs sold at storefronts or online. Now, consumers will only be able to find machines running Windows 10.
Support for Windows 7 will end in 2020 while Windows 8 support continues until 2023. Retailers will continue to carry PCs with Windows 7 and 8, but once their existing stock is gone, it cannot be refilled.
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