You hopefully know by now that Windows 7’s “end of support” date is Jan 14, 2020. (Having lost mainstream support back in Jan 13, 2015) However, it’s also important to know that Windows 7 Professional also has an “end of sales” date which is October 31, 2016.
End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMs are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software.
This means that Windows 7 Professional will not be preinstalled on machines from the OEM as of October 31, 2016 (or possibly earlier depending on the OEM), and instead a more current version of Windows can be installed/shipped. Downgrade rights will be available from qualifying editions/versions of Windows however for individuals that wish to do so.
- SUPPORT: End of Sales & End of Support
- LICENSING: Downgrade Rights