All next-generation processors built by Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, or others, will only support Windows 10, Microsoft confirmed in a recent blog post. That means if you buy a PC with these upgraded chips—Intel's "Kaby Lake," Qualcomm's "8996," and AMD's "Bristol Ridge"—they will only run Windows 10; you can't downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1. Microsoft also mentioned that buyers of Intel’s new Skylake processors (which has been out for a while now) have to upgrade to Windows 10 in the next 18 months, or forgo all but the most critical security patches—and those will be available to Windows 7 and 8.1 users only if said patches don’t “risk the reliability or compatibility” on non-Skylake systems. Bad news if you are a die-hard fan of windows 7. However for now there are still many older systems and processors still available for those who need to use windows 7 for the foreseeable future. If you are looking for a new machine with windows 7 - let us know and we will get you the right system to work with windows 7 for the next several years.