Microsoft on Friday posted links to lists of almost 190 PCs eligible to receive Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 support until July 2017, making good on a promise the week before when it abruptly altered its operating system’s support policy.

The lists of systems from Lenovo, Dell, HP and NEC — the latter is Japan’s largest PC maker — included 185 devices when individual variations of each model line were tallied.

On Jan. 15, Microsoft unexpectedly announced that it would shorten support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on the newest PCs — those equipped with Intel’s sixth-generation Skylake processors — by 30 months, and decreed that, going forward, next-generation processors will require the “latest Windows platform at that time for support.”

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