Out of support for Windows 7 means that there will no longer be any further development or security patches released for your workstations.
If you still want security patches, you will need to sign up for these through the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program.
In this blog post, I cover what the extended security updates for Windows 7 are, the cost, how you can purchase them and how to deploy the licenses.
For more information about the topic, refer to my other blog post about why you need to move to Windows 10 in 2019.
When do I need to purchase extended security updates?
You have three options as of this writing to receive further security updates for your Windows 7 machines:
- Purchase Extended Security Updates for Windows 7
- Purchase E5 licenses, as mentioned below
- Use Windows Virtual Desktop
Microsoft is currently running a promotion, running between June 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019, including “free” Windows 7 security updates.
This offer applies for the following licenses:
- Microsoft 365 E5
- Microsoft 365 E5 Security
- Windows 10 E5
How do I purchase the extended security updates?
Previously, the extended security updates were only available to enterprise customers in Volume Licensing.
It will be possible to purchase the Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 starting on December 1, 2019, through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.
Extended Security Updates are purchased for full 12-month periods. According to Microsoft, it will not be possible to purchase partial periods, such as for 6 months.
There will only be one MAK license key that you will need to apply to all your machines.
Windows 7 Extended Security (ESU) Cost
The cost is per device and per year, with the cost doubling for every year until 2023.
Here is a pricing list from my other blog post
Year 1 – January 2020 – January 2021
$25 per device/year for Windows 7 Enterprise, $50 for Windows 7 Professional
Year 2 – January 2021 – January 2022
$50 per device/year for Windows 7 Enterprise, $100 for Windows 7 Professional
Year 3 – January 2022 – January 2023
$100 per device/year for Windows 7 Enterprise, $200 for Windows 7 Professional
Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) can go to the Partner Center to learn more.
How to prepare for the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates
Before purchasing the Windows 7 ESUs, you can apply the following patch:
How to deploy the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates
Once you have purchased licenses for extended security updates for Windows 7, you will receive a registry value, which you will need to apply to your devices.
When you have deployed the registry value, the Windows 7 device will start to look for updates.
All devices missing this registry value will not receive any further security updates, following January 14th, 2020.
For more information about applying the license to devices, refer to Microsoft’s blog post.
With the upcoming end of support for Windows 7, it’s important that your organization has a strategy for Windows 7.
How will you handle Windows 7? Will you purchase Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, E5 licenses or try Windows Virtual Desktop for the remaining Windows 7 machines?
Please leave a comment below!
- Microsoft Partner Center – Announcing Paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates
- Microsoft Docs – Windows 7 end of support and Office 365 ProPlus
- Microsoft Blogs – Making the transition to Windows 10 and Office 365
- Windows 7 and Office 2010 End of Support FAQ
- How to get Extended Security Updates for eligible Windows devices