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Microsoft intends to extend paid support for Windows 7 until 2026

Earlier in 2020, Microsoft finished extended support for Windows 7. The company expected users and companies to switch to newer versions of OS, but some of them couldn't do that. So for enterprise customers who had to stay on Windows 7 Microsoft continued supporting Windows 7 on a paid basis.

Microsoft has stopped releasing Windows 7 drivers via Windows Update

If you are still running Windows 7, its time to find some other way to manage drivers. A new official blog post reveals that on June 17, 2021, Microsoft discontinued the publication of drivers to Windows Update for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2. For customers with the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program, it will be still possible to use the ability to deploy drivers to your managed devices using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS_ and other supported methods.

Microsoft reminds Windows 7 customers to purchase the second year of ESU coverage

Microsoft had discontinued Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 on January 14, 2020. All SKUs no longer receive updates, except for those customers who purchased Extended Security Updates (ESU). The ESU offer has been available in the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) since April 1, 2019. Microsoft sells ESU in specific 12-month periods, so it is the right moment to pay for the year two.

Monthly Rollup Updates for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, August 11, 2020

Besides cumulative updates, Microsoft today released its monthly rollup updates for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. Traditionally, there are monthly rollup updates and a security-only updates. The latter ones need to be installed manually when needed, while the rollup package gets installed automatically via the Windows Update.

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