In October, 2018 it was reported that that Intel would suffer a processor shortage that could affect desktop, micro footprint, small footprint, tower and server computer manufacturing through Q2, 2019. Earlier today an unconfirmed report claims that the shortage will actually worsen in Q2, 2019.
A TIGHT SPOT
Microsoft has announced "End-of-Life" for Windows 7 in January, 2020. All of the Windows 7 machines that remain in the wild need to be upgraded to Windows 10 (if possible and advisable) or replaced by year-end, 2019.
End-of-Life means that Windows 7 will no longer receive operating system or security updates. Halting operating system development leaves a device, at minimum, vulnerable to cyber threats or downtime due to software incompatibilities, among other potential issues.
The circumstances dictate the following potential actions (all dependent on quickly depleting availability):
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