By Daniel Hunter

Microsoft has stopped selling retail copies of some versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 ahead of the launch of Windows 10 next year.

The news was announced some time ago and Microsoft looks to get customers onto newer versions of the operating systems.

Customers are no longer able to purchase Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate versions of Windows 7, nor any version of Windows 8, whether bought in shops or already loaded onto new PCs/laptops.

Windows 7 is still relatively popular amongst PC users, despite the introduction of Windows 8 more than two years ago. Many users were unhappy with the move away from the traditional desktop screen and start menu seen in Windows 8.

More than 53% of Windows users are believed to be using some form of the Windows 7 operating system. New figures also suggested that people are finally moving away from older versions of Windows like XP and Vista. Netmarketshare said the percentage of people using Windows XP had fallen from 24% to 17% in October, compared with last year. Earlier this year, Microsoft ended its support for XP, which meant users were vulnerable to viruses and cyber attacks.

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