October 31, 2016 marked the cut-off date for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 licenses for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
A packaged version of Windows 7 Professional became unavailable for retail sale on October 31, 2013 and Windows 8.1 followed suit in September of 2015. However, both have been available to obtain on new PCs until now.
Essentially, companies like HP, Lenovo, Dell and others that manufacture new PCs will now no longer be able to deliver them with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 pre-installed. There may be existing retail PCs with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installed, but computer hardware delivered for stocking today will come with Windows 10.
For those shopping for computers for the holidays, expect only Windows 10 PCs and laptops to be available for purchase.
Mainstream and Extended support for current Windows operating systems:
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