Windows 10 is great and all, but some of us still prefer Windows 7, despite the fact that it’s more than six years old now. Mainstream support for the beloved operating system ended back in January, but extended support is going to continue until at least 2020, so it’s still a solid choice for those of you who don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10. That being said, Microsoft will no longer allow new devices to be shipped with Windows 7 after June 30th, 2016, so if you want to get your hands on a new Windows 7 computer, you better do it within the next few months.
As positive as the reception has been for Microsoft’s new Windows 10 — generally speaking — lots and lots of people still love Windows 7, the PC operating system first released in October 2009. Believe it or not, you could actually still buy a PC with Windows 7 pre-installed. But those devices are about to get a lot harder to find. According to a new chart on an official Microsoft website, there won’t be any new shipments of PCs with Windows 7 Professional pre-installed after October 31 next year, signaling the operating system’s ongoing march to the grave. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to buy a Windows 7 PC at all after that date, as noted by ZDNet’s Ed Bott — it just means that stores like Best Buy are selling their final inventory of Windows 7 computers, and they’ll vanish fast as reserves run out. Meanwhile, Windows 7 is still the most-used PC operating system in the world, and there are plenty of copies out there in the wild, even though Microsoft has officially stopped shipping copies to stores. So if you were really dedicated, you could buy a new copy and install it on any other PC.