Contact Us In a recent article , we asked why some professionals were still clinging onto Windows XP—an operating system that is no longer being supported. Unfortunately, Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be the next two operating systems that will join Windows XP. As of October 31, Microsoft has stopped consumer sales of its popular Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. From now until the release of Windows 10, Microsoft intends for Windows 8.
However, there are still several ways to purchase new copies of Windows 7. End of Sales calendar for all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8. But that may be changing soon, as it is a finite supply that will not be replenished. You can also find some copies on online auction sites such as eBay. However, procuring large quantities of Windows through such sites may be difficult and at inconsistent prices.
Ultimately, the availability of retail copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will continue to shrink. Purchasing with a Computer Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8 will continue to be available as a pre-installed option for select business-grade desktop and laptop computers.
Unfortunately, the main drawback of this approach is that you are purchasing an entire system and not just a Windows license. Additionally, Windows 7 Professional is typically available as an option for build-to-order business-grade workstations.
Building a computer to order also allows you to further customize other options, such as the storage drive, processor, memory, and more. But because you are primarily purchasing a computer with Windows 7 and not just purchasing the operating system, it may be a more viable option if you need a new workstation anyway.
Volume Licensing For SMBs that have quite a few workstations that need a reliable and consistent source of Windows 7 or Windows 8 installations, one of the best alternatives is volume licensing. Despite the fact that Microsoft will attempt to upsell Windows 8. Ironically however, you technically still need to buy Windows 8. The way it works through volume licensing is that you need to purchase Windows 8. The main downside of volume licensing though is cost.
So those are the three primary methods of purchasing Windows 7 despite it being end of sale status. As it stands right now, the most cost-effect method is to purchase what is left in stock on shelves. However, if anyone else as any tips on how to purchase Windows 7, please let us know in the comments below.
WITH WINDOWS 7 reaching end of life (EOL) in 11 months, you could All these prices also include ESU for Office Pro Plus and may be. This edition contains features aimed at the home market segment, such as Windows Media Center, Windows Aero and multi-touch support. Windows 7 Home. Windows 7, a major release of the Microsoft Windows operating system, was available in six . The cost of the N and KN Editions are the same as the full versions, as the Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N or Windows 7 KN can be.
However, Microsoft has not touched the pricing for the Professional edition previously called the Business edition. This might be attributed to the fact that in Windows 7, every edition is a superset of the previous one. That means that unlike Windows Vista Business, Windows 7 Professional will contain all the features that the Home Premium edition has, and thus Microsoft cannot justify a price drop. Upgrading from XP or Vista with a retail copy While these price changes are positive for consumers none of the products has increased in price , they are rather disappointing for those hoping for much more aggressive price slashes given the current economic climate. Thankfully, retail pricing is typically used as a starting point; most users will not be buying retail versions anyway.