We're about to enter a no-man's land of Windows computers. Windows 8 isn't a popular upgrade option and the promising Windows 10 won't be out until sometime next summer.
That means if you need to buy a new computer, you'll probably want to buy a Windows 7 machine. Unfortunately, that option is about to get a bit more complicated.
Starting October 31, Microsoft is no longer selling Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Edition or Ultimate licenses to computer manufacturers. That means the consumer Windows 7 machines that are available now are the only ones left.
Stores won't run out right away, but you can expect the prices to gradually rise as inventory sells out.
Of course, manufacturers can still sell business PCs with Windows 7 Professional for another year, so you can always pick up one of those. However, your options will be a bit more limited in terms of price and hardware.
So, if you put off that computer upgrade a bit too long and can't wait until Windows 10 is out, now might be the time to buy.
Most manufacturers are already done with Windows 7 consumer machines, so your best bet for a wide selection is Dell. It has an entire deals page devoted to Windows 7.
If you're in the market for a really budget Windows 7 computer to tide you over until Windows 10, you can check Amazon for used Windows 7 systems. Full versions of Windows 7 you can install on any computer are also still for sale - for now.
Any system that can run Windows 7 should be able to run the upcoming Windows 10, however, it will be lacking some of the fancier hardware features built into Windows 10 computers, like fast booting.
Plus, rumors say that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users. So it might be worth it to suffer through half a year of Windows 8 for Windows 10 later.
If you do spring for a computer with Windows 8, make sure it's 8.1. Then read how to make it work the way you want and how you can get Windows 10 features today in Windows 7 or 8.
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