DirectX 12 Won't Be Compatible With Windows 7 - Report

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Windows 7 Compatibility

The major advantage with DirectX 12 is that it has very low CPU overhead. Due to this, it is capable of providing you with better gaming performance all throughout the day. On top of these, DirectX 12 is said to lower the power consumption and support multithreading. If you have a laptop solely for gaming, DirectX 12 is something that you must upgrade your laptop with.

DirectX 12 to be integrated with Windows 10 devices

It is reported that all devices that come preloaded with Windows 10 will have DirectX 12 as a unique feature. Latest Windows operating systems like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are compatible with DirectX 12 although only very few devices come with DirectX 12 built-in.

DirectX 12 not compatible with Windows 7

Despite the huge popularity for Windows 7, it seems that DirectX 12 won’t offer Windows 7 support (compatibility). This would mean, you can’t make a good gaming PC with Windows 7. You would either require upgrading it to Windows 8/8.1 or wait until Windows 10 release and buy a brand new PC that comes with DirectX 12 preloaded.

The news that DirectX 12 won’t support Windows 7 was revealed to the media by the AMD chief Richard Huddy himself. During a media conference, he said that DirectX 12 won’t be supported in Windows 7. He didn’t give any details about it. All he said was, “One thing that’s not going to happen to it is DX12. Yup, DX12 is not coming to Windows 7.”

Windows 7 Market Share

Windows 7 Editions

That DirectX 12 does not provide Windows 7 support sounds irrational. Windows 7 is not going to lose support in the next five years. Only the mainstream support for the operating system is lifted. Furthermore, there hasn’t been any decline in Windows 7 market share in recent years. It is growing by at least a couple of percents every year. Windows 7 market share was 50 percent in the 2013. It has grown by 2 percent to a total of 52 percent of the total Windows market share now. According to reports, by the time Windows 10 gets released, Windows 7 will manage to the make at least 55 percent of the total Windows market share.

Microsoft is reportedly keeping silent about all these reports. According to the critics, the software giant is now trying to get people off Windows 7 and make them all migrate to Windows 8/8.1.

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Windows 7 Preinstalled PCs Will Soon Be Out Of Stock In The Market

Windows 7 Support

Windows 7 Installation

If you are planning to buy Windows 7 preinstalled PCs, then you might have to hurry. This is because Microsoft has already ended giving Windows 7 OEM licenses. This means, all the new PCs that will be available in the market from now on will have Windows 8.1 operating system installed in them. However, according to Windows 7 support blogs, you may still be able to find a few Windows 7 PCs in the market. However, you may find them only until the stocks last.

Keep in mind that Windows 7 is still in the extended support phase and the software giant has not ended its support like Windows XP. So, why has Microsoft stopped giving licenses of the operating system? One of the reasons could be the poor performance of its newer operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Even after the release of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems, the demand for Windows 7 PCs was high. There was no fall in the share of Windows 7 systems even with the introduction of newer ones. With no other operating systems other than Windows 8.1 from Microsoft, the company hopes that the sales of Windows 8.1 licenses will shoot up.

Earlier, after the release of Windows 8 operating system, many of the OEMs had started using this operating system on their PCs. However, some of the PC makers like HP brought back Windows 7 on their PCs. This was because the demand for Windows 7 PCs was much higher

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Windows 7 Upgrade

than the newly introduced Windows 8 OS.  The mainstream support for Windows 7 is due to end on January 13 this year. After this date, the operating system would enter the extended support phase. This means, we cannot expect the release of any new feature updates for the operating system. However, Microsoft will still release security updates and patches for the operating system.

Now, even the new move of Microsoft may not help its Windows 8 operating systems much. This is because the company has already released the Windows 10 technical preview and the operating system is expected to be released any time this year. Therefore, we will have to wait and watch how many of the users would buy a PC that has Windows 8 operating system installed in it, when a newer operating system could soon be released. For any queries on this operating system, you may contact the Windows 7 support center or get in touch with our technical support team for assistance.

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Windows 7 OS Still Available For Purchase

Windows 7 Support

Windows 7 OS Versions

As you already know, Windows 7 support has reached the half way mark with the Mainstream support coming to an end. This being the case, Microsoft has already ended the supply of many Windows 7 versions in the market. The Windows 7 versions like Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 7 Ultimate, etc are no longer available for purchase.

Microsoft has also ended the supply of these operating systems to their OEM partners as well. The boxed disc versions of the OS have also been removed from the market. This leaves out the Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise editions, which might not be the preferred upgrade options for most Windows OS users.

You can still purchase Windows 7 OS

One of the reasons why Microsoft discontinued the supply of Windows 7 OS is the poor Windows 8 sales. It is becoming clear that Windows 7’s market share is still growing with more and more XP users upgrading their systems. According to most XP users, Windows 7 is the best desktop operating system available in the market.

They do not see Windows 8 as a desktop operating system at all. Though Microsoft made many differences in the OS with the Windows 8.1 update, the OS still does not work smoothly on a desktop system. Microsoft’s attempts to merge the desktop and touch screen operating systems have really failed. The end product turned out to be an operating system that neither the touch screen users nor the desktop users want to use.

Windows 7 Ultimate

Upgrading To Windows 7

But, where can you get Windows 7 OS, if Microsoft has already discontinued it? First of all, Windows 7 OS is still available through certain outlets, where the distributors have some old stock remaining. Once this stock runs out, they will not be able to renew it since Microsoft has already discontinued it. But, if you search online, you are likely to find many retail websites still offering Windows 7 systems from their leftover stock.

Another option is to purchase used Windows 7 systems. You can easily find such second-hand systems in many retail websites. However, make sure that you buy the product from a reliable source to avoid ending up with a discarded or damaged PC. The third option is to buy the Windows 7 Professional edition. But, this will cost you more than the standard editions.

Since Windows 7 support has five more years left in the form of Extended support, it is still a good upgrade option to Windows XP users.

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Windows 7 Mainstream Support To End Soon

Windows 7 Support

Official Windows 7 Support

Some Windows 7 users were in for a surprise when it came to light that Windows 7 mainstream support will end shortly, with the deadline set to January 13, 2015. This information was news to many users, who were under the impression Windows 7 is relatively new and will enjoy several more years of support from Microsoft. As we know, end of sales date for Window 7 OS was back in October 31, 2014, which means new systems  no longer come pre-installed with the Windows 7 OS. However, the lifecycle deadlines of individual Windows OS are released, when the operating system is first introduced. This means, the end-of-support deadline was set years in advance and Microsoft has made no attempts to extend this deadline.

Every Windows OS version has a lifecycle. When the OS is first released, the lifecycle begins. The support services from Microsoft officially end once the lifecycle of the specific Windows OS ends. The official deadline set by Microsoft is useful, since users get to know when to upgrade their systems. There are two dates Microsoft specifies for every Windows OS – end of Mainstream support and end of Extended support.

Once the operating system is released, the OS officially runs in Mainstream support. During this period, Microsoft issues both feature updates as well as security updates. You will get better and updated features as well as changes to the user interface during the Mainstream support period. However, once the Mainstream support ends, Microsoft will stop sending feature upgrades. The end of Mainstream support for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is January 13, 2015.

However, there is no need to panic. After the Mainstream support, your Window 7 OS will run in Extended support for another 5 years. The Extended support deadline is on January 14 2020, giving enough time for users to upgrade their computers. During this time, Microsoft will be releasing critical security patches, making sure malicious access to the OS is impossible. If you require further information about Windows deadlines and what it entails, contact our Windows 7 support services.

Window 7 OS

Support Deadline For Windows 7

Hence, you do not need to worry about the latest Windows 7 deadline. Microsoft will continue providing security patches for another 5 years. However, do make sure you upgrade your PC to the latest OS before the end of Extended support. After the end of support deadline, any security issue that remains will remain open. Malicious users will be able to make use of existing security loopholes and gain access to the computer. Contact our Windows 7 support department to know more on different methods of upgrading your computer.

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Windows 7 Ready To Disappear

Windows 7 Support

           Windows 7 Sales

The consumer version of Windows 7 has almost left the market, following Microsoft breaking the supply chain on October 31st. Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licenses won’t be available to retail partners anymore, meaning there’s little chance of getting your hands on one of these operating systems by buying a new PC. The OEMs, consisting of PC partners and systems builders, only have the licenses they haven’t sold already, and even those will probably run out by the time we’re past Christmas.

But this isn’t the case for Windows 7 Professional, which has at least another year of sales left to go. The company said that they’d give us a year’s notice before scrapping this version, which they haven’t done yet. It’s probably going to be around for some significant time after Windows 10 is out. This is the only Windows 7 OS you’re going to be buying at this point. And the closer that retailers get to the end of their stock, they’ll start charging premiums, for what they’ll probably call “business machines“. That’s the way it’s going to be, because Microsoft has washed their hands off the matter. The company is all about Windows 10 now, and of course, Windows 8.1 too.

Windows 7 Ultimate Licenses

           Windows 7 License Cut-Off

The sales for Windows 7 professional might still be open for another year, but mainstream Windows 7 support is set to end on January 13, 2015. There’s always the chance that Microsoft might push this date further, but they haven’t given any signs of doing that. In which case, for the professional version licenses sold after January, there’s only going to be Extended Support available at the time of sale. Mainstream Windows 7 support lets you get free standing product support, warranty claims, non-security and security bug fixes, and additional changes to the existing features. The Extended support, meanwhile, gets you security updates, and nothing else.

Microsoft is almost totally focused on paving the way forward for Windows 10. And they’re right if they think they can’t afford too many distractions this time (look what came of Windows 8). The software mogul is going to be expending tremendous effort to see to it that people like Windows 10 the way they did Windows 7 and XP. Or, hopefully, even more. Reception of the preview version suggests a strong probability of either happening; times are looking good for Microsoft.

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