Windows 7 enters its second year of extended support

The Extended Security Update (ESU) program is the last resort for customers who need to run certain Microsoft products beyond end of support. Support for the following versions of Windows and Windows Server ended on January 14, 2020:

Windows 7 SP1 Windows 7 Professional for integrated systems Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 Server 2008 R2 SP1 for integrated systems and Server 2008 SP2 for integrated systems

Windows 7 Extended Support year begins

If your business hasn’t been able to update devices running the versions of Windows listed above. You have until January 12, 2021, ESU can provide security updates for these devices until January 11, 2022. This will help protect these devices while you complete Windows and Windows Server update projects.

Many organizations have upgraded to the latest version of Windows 10 or Windows Server. Those who have deployed Windows 10 enjoy strong threat protection, in addition to the latest security and management features.

Like Microsoft Defender Antivirus, richer device management policies, and Windows Autopilot. Other organizations running legacy applications have switched their Windows 7 devices to Windows Virtual Desktop, which includes ESU for Windows 7 virtual desktops at no additional cost, allowing them to continue running critical business applications while the migration to Windows 10 takes place. continues.

However, as a last resort, several organizations purchased, installed, and activated their first year of ESU to receive security updates for eligible devices through January 12, 2021.

What you need to know about the second year of extended support

Because ESUs are available as separate SKUs for each of the years in which they are offered (2020, 2021, and 2022), and because the ESU can only be purchased during specific 12-month periods. We will need to purchase the second year of ESU coverage separately and activate a new key on each affected device.

The goal is for your devices to continue to receive security updates in 2021. If your company has not purchased the first year of ESU coverage, you will need to purchase the ESUs for years 1 and 2 for your Windows 7 devices or Windows Server. Before installing and activating year 2 MAK keys to receive updates.

The steps to install, activate and deploy ESU are the same for both years. For more information, see Obtaining Extended Security Updates for Windows Devices. For integrated peripherals, you must contact the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

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