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Your last chance to get Windows that you actually like

Your last chance to get Windows that you actually like

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.

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