For how long will it be possible to get Windows 7 when buying a new computer

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I have good reasons to continue using Windows 7, and want to be able to get that version of the OS when buying a new computer. So I wonder if I can expect to get Windows 7 on a new computer the next few years?
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Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017
Commented:
Not so long anymore.
Microsoft cut off OEM license for Windows 7 so If you see computer for sale with Windows 7 then this are manufacture left overs.
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
Microsoft promised that new processor generations will not be supported in Windows 7
You will be able to run it in a virtual machine as long as your enterprise subscription lasts.
Main problem: new Intel processor comes with new graphics engine ... no driver for Windows 7 available.
All new hardware with current Intel processor/chipset will have this problem.
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What about my current Windows 7 installation, can I continue using that for an undefinite time?

I could see now that all new computers come with Windows 10.
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer
Commented:
I guess there is a good reason
  • Build a VM with Windows 7 (just in case)
  • Make the necessary work so that the good reason gets inline with Windows 10
Most Valuable Expert 2013
Commented:
Microsoft stopped manufacturers supplying Windows 7 automatically with new machines at the end of October last year.  Remember that it's now three versions back (10, 8.1, 8.0).  As gheist says the newer chipsets that are coming will enforce the use of Windows 10 onwards and you simply won't be able to run 7 on newer PCs.
RaminTechnical Advisor
Commented:
End of extended support for Windows 7 is  January 14, 2020.

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Commented:
Ramin,

so I can use my current Windows 7 without problems until 2010 then?

My good reason is I have an electronic dictionary software with technical dictionaries installed which do not work on Windows 10 (and can not be modified to work with Windows 10). This software company cancelled their agreement with the publisher of the dictionaries.

John Tsioumpris,

do you mean I can build a VM with Windows 7 on a new computer with Windows 10?
RaminTechnical Advisor

Commented:
yes, according to this page on Microsoft Support:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
You can use Windows 7 to  January 14, 2020 but this doesn't mean you can install it on new hardware sine like you know now new hardware will not going to be compatible with W7.
Top Expert 2015

Commented:
Nobody forces you to use Windows 10. You can use Linux on machines that windows 7 cannot support.

Author

Commented:
What about using my dictionary software with help of Linux (if Linux can run Windows 7)?
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
I could not find anything named "my dictionary software" in windows programs that could run on Linux https://appdb.winehq.org/
But will not hurt to make a Linux VM and explore yourself.
Network Administrator
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If you make a virtual machine in a hypervisor that is multi system capable like Oracle Virtualbox you could just move the vm files from machine to machine in the future... Virtualbox will run on windows, Linux, OSX, and Solaris... That gives you the best mix of portability... And although support stops for win 7 in 3 years it won't stop running, it will just become less secure from newer threats... So technically you could use it forever (almost)... There are still people running Windows XP for software they find critical. I have seen some old hardware still running on even older OS's..
MaheshArchitect
Distinguished Expert 2018
Commented:
Don't expect support from Microsoft for 3rd party software you have on Win7 or any latest platform
Extended support is from OS stand point only and also your software vendor support is not available
As long as you can run "Windows 7" as virtual machine, you can run your custom software with pleasure as a bonus

There are multiple freeware virtualization solutions available like "VMware Player, Virtual Box" which allows you to run Win7 as VM for longer period than what Microsoft supports

Infact you can run win 7 as virtual machine on Win 8.1 / 10 machine with built-in Hyper-v

Mahesh.
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
If your old harddrive working you can still connect it to new computer.
If you lucky then windows will start in safe mode with networking, then you can try installing network adapter to get internet access and try update all drivers.

Maybe you'll get lucky
Any reason you can't buy old (probably refurbs) in the future? Why buy a "New!" computer if it can't run software that you need?

I've bought a couple old refurb laptops just to have an on-going platform to run a WinXP app that I haven't been able (yet) to replace. Those cost me maybe $35US each and I always have one active in my network so I can RDP to it whenever needed. One might fail catastrophically someday soon, but I'll have at least one immediate spare. It's likely that I could still find another if I really need one, and a failing HDD will be replaced even easier.

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Thanks for the suggestions, a Windows 7 in a VM seems like the best solution.

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