Clock is Ticking on Windows 7
Though Microsoft will continue to be support Windows 7 until 2020, buyers who want to stay with the tried and true are running out of time.
According to the Ed Bott Report
, the PC giant has updated its LifeCycle Fact Sheet to say that October 31, 2016 is the last date on which manufacturers can build PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed on the computer. In other words, if you hate Windows 8.1 - who doesn't? - and aren't sure about Windows 10, you have about one year to land a Windows 7.The purchase window itself is vague since whatever is manufactured as of next Halloween still needs to be sold in the retail stores. Best recommendation: Don't wait too long to fill that large and stretchable Christmas stocking.
Of course, any such new purchase will come with a caveat: only four years of extended support, which will run out January 10, 2020. Let's hope that Windows 10 turns out to be a solid enough product that we won't have to worry that much about "to buy or not to buy."