Sales of PCs pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate will end in October this year

Sales of Windows 7 computers to end in October 2014

Sales of computers pre-installed with Windows 7 are to end in October this year.

Microsoft’s lifecycle fact sheet was recently updated to state that computers pre-installed with the Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate versions of the operating system would be halted on October 31st 2014.

Windows 7 Professional is yet to have a similar end of pre-installed sales date announced.

The end of mainstream support for the OS, which was released in 2009, was previously announced to be January 15th 2015, with extended support to stop almost exactly five years later, on January 14th 2020.

The update to information surrounding precedes the end of extended support for Windows XP on April 8th of this year.

Many observers have predicted Windows 7 to become the new torch-bearer for enterprise systems, rather than the more recently-released Windows 8, but with support for Windows 8 ending three years after that of Windows 7, many businesses may choose to opt for a longer remaining lifecycle.

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