Many people may be wondering whether buying a Windows 7 branded PC is possible, as the competition between Windows 7 vs Windows 8 is fierce and Microsoft even recommends upgrading to the latest version of Windows. But in this battle of Windows 7 vs Windows 8, the reality is that you can buy a Windows 7 branded PC and not only that, you can upgrade from an older version of Windows to Windows 7. Therefore, the charm of Windows 7 is still not lost. However, the question remains, is buying a system running on Windows 7 practical? One will be in the dilemma of the support and updates that the Windows 7 OS will receive from Microsoft.
When will support end?
Well the news is that Microsoft will end the support for the Windows 7 in January 2015. Well it seems like just around the corner but there is still a couple of year’s time left. The year in which the support gets over is not much of an issue as the mainstream support for XP only ended recently in 2009. So what is really important is when the extended support ends. Well the extended support for the Windows 7 ends in 2020 and that is light years away; so all Windows 7 users and to be Windows 7 users can breathe a sigh of relief.
The Microsoft upgrade assistant
However, the sad part is that the software that tells whether your current hardware can support Windows 7 is no longer offered by Microsoft but the similar software is offered by Windows 8 and the hardware requirements are quite similar. To see if your PC can support Windows 7, you will have to visit the Microsoft’s Buy Windows 8 Page. You will have to select the Get Started button and you are required to download and run the Upgrade Assistant Program. If your system successfully passes the test, then you do not require buying a brand new PC, but it is advisable to have higher specs for your system.
If you wish to keep your system’s files intact, and upgrade to Windows 7 operating system, you will require buying a copy of the Windows 7 operating system. First, you will need to read the How to Upgrade to Windows 7 and How to Upgrade From XP to Windows 7 before installing Windows 7 operating system on your PC. By doing so, the installation process will be simple and easy.
If you are planning to buy a new PC and the Upgrade assistant gives you no other choice, you don’t have to keep waiting. Currently all vendors are allowed by Microsoft to incorporate Windows 7 with a new computer till October 26,2013 so go ahead and take up the golden offer.
Many vendors in the market are still selling Windows 7 PCs. Many companies have websites the currently available Windows 7 PC’s and Laptops. By proper search, you can find the best Windows 7 PCs and laptops that are currently available in the market.