Microsoft puts Windows XP laggards in a pinch

Windows 8.1 'not recommended' for upgrades, and Windows 7 sales cut-off looms

By , Computerworld |  Windows, Windows XP

Hewlett-Packard, for instance, currently carries Windows 7, although it charges full list price, unlike Amazon, NewEgg and other e-tailers, which discount the OS.

Diehard XP users in larger businesses won't have any trouble upgrading to Windows 7, as the deadlines don't apply to them: Companies with volume license and Software Assurance agreements are allowed to replace XP with another edition of Windows, assuming the hardware supports the newer.

But consumers and small businesses -- the latter typically purchase PCs and upgrade existing machines much like consumers -- will be in a pinch if Microsoft shuts the Windows 7 ... well, window.

Microsoft did not reply to questions today, including whether it will extend the Windows 7 retail sales deadline.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His email address is gkeizer@ix.netcom.com.

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