Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide

Windows 7 will cease support on January 14, 2020. Hence, Microsoft is putting a lot of effort into migrating all Windows 7 devices to Windows 10 as a best practice.

Also, we shall see more about Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU). Goodbye To Windows 10 With 22H2 Version And Welcome Windows 11 LTSC.

Let’s see How to get Extended Security Updates for eligible Windows 7 devices. Also, check three(3) prerequisites before 14th January 2020.

NOTE! – Windows 7 devices get the last security patch on 14th January 2020!

Patch My PC
  • KB Articles Required
  • Install Additional ESU Add-Key Activation
  • Test, Test, and Test

Windows 7 Extended Security Update

The provided benefits include critical and important security updates for specified Windows versions for up to 3 years after the end of the support date, with support available on a best-effort basis through existing Microsoft support plans. Office 365 ProPlus customers will receive security updates, and for acquisition, you can contact the Microsoft Account Team CE or a Cloud Solution Provider partner.

Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide - Fig.1
Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide – Fig.1
AspectDetails
What’s providedSecurity updates rated “Critical” and “Important” by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) are provided.
Versions coveredWindows 7 Professional & Enterprise Editions
Windows Server 2008 SP2 & R2 SP1 Data Center, Enterprise, & Standard Editions
Windows 7 for Embedded Systems, Windows Embedded Standard 7, & Windows Embedded POS Ready 7
Windows Server Embedded 2008 SP2 & R2 SP1 Data Center & Standard Editions
Duration of benefitsUp to 3 years after the end of support (EOS) date, purchased in 1-year increments.
SupportWindows 7 ESU does not include support. Assistance through your existing Microsoft support plan will be on a best effort basis only.
Office ImpactCustomers on Office 365 ProPlus will receive security updates but no feature updates.
AcquisitionContact Microsoft Account Team CE or a Cloud Solution Provider partner.
Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide – Table 1

Updates Required for Windows 7 Extended Security Update

Following are the updates required for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) availability on your Windows 7 devices. Ensure you have installed the following updates on the Windows 7 devices to get extended security updates after 14th January 2020.

Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide - Fig.2
Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide – Fig.2

Use SCCM to Deploy Windows 7 ESU

Make sure to deploy all the above KB articles using SCCM to ensure that your Windows 7 is secured and getting ESU.

Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide - Fig.3
Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide – Fig.3

Install ESU Add-on Product key

One option is to install a Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) and manage the ESU add-on product key to get extended security updates for Windows 7 devices.

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Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide - Fig.4
Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide – Fig.4

Test Windows 7 ESU Configuration with KB4528069

As per Microsoft, you can test your Windows 7 extended security update workflow with the following update: KB4528069. If you have completed the above two steps, you can install the KB to test Windows 7 ESU.

NOTE! – All the screenshots are taken from Ignite’s presentation! All credit to Michael Raschko.

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Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

4 thoughts on “Windows 7 Extended Security Update Step-by-Step Prerequisite Guide”

  1. Hello ,
    Currently it is possible to manage Windows 7 devices with the new versions of SCCM CB. We have the latest version of SCCM CB installed.

    I have a platform of 200 Windows 7 devices that we cannot yet migrate and I would like to know if I can manage them and if all the services will be functional for those Windows 7 devices.
    Thanks.

    Reply

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