Windows 7 is not long for this world. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will terminate the "extended support" for Windows 7 and will no longer receive security updates. But there is a way out: The payment for "advanced security updates".
Normal Security Updates End on January 1
Windows 10, which was first released on October 22, 2009, is nearing its tenth anniversary. On January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will leave the "extended support". Microsoft will discontinue the release of routine security updates, and software developers will discontinue support for newer versions of their software. New hardware may not work on Windows 7 unless the hardware manufacturers explicitly support it.
Basically, Windows XP is always new. While Windows 7 has more staying power, it is gradually being left behind by software and hardware developers. In it further security holes are found – many of the same errors in Windows 10 affect Windows 7 – that can not be fixed by Microsoft. This old operating system is becoming less secure. Microsoft has warned people about it for years, and now it's almost time.
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Microsoft may release some free security updates
If Windows XP has taught us something, it may be that Microsoft still releases some security updates for Windows 7 for all.
Also in 2019 Five years after the end of support, Microsoft has taken the rare step of issuing a security update for Windows XP. The Windows Update Pipeline for XP appears to have been shut down for a long time, so Windows XP users had to manually download and install this update – but it was available.
Microsoft has not yet closed all security vulnerabilities for Windows XP. The company will not patch all of them for Windows 7 either. Especially serious gaps – such as the Windows XP bug that could spread a worm by infecting these old Windows XP computers on the Internet – can be fixed. However, do not rely on getting security updates for most bugs that have Microsoft patches in other versions of Windows.
Organizations can receive advanced security updates.
The average home computer should leave Windows 7 and upgrade to a modern, supported version of Windows, such as Windows 10. If you have software or hardware that requires Windows 7, you should consider using this Windows 7 computer from the Internet or to run this software on a virtual machine under a modern Windows version.
For businesses that need more time Microsoft sells "Advanced Security Updates" before upgrading. In other words, Microsoft will continue to create security updates, which you can only receive for a fee.
These are intended as an emergency solution. These updates are getting more expensive every year. Microsoft wants companies, governments and other organizations to move to a modern version of Windows. This financial cost will hopefully boost it.
Home users can not buy them.
The average Windows 7 user can not buy these updates however. They are only available to companies and other organizations.
Some good news: Instead of being available only to large volume licensing companies, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) are available to any size of business – even small to mid-size businesses.
Microsoft does not sell these updates directly and they are not available through regular retail channels. According to Mary Jo Foley, these ESUs must be purchased "by qualified Cloud Solution Provider partners." A Microsoft blog post on Windows 7 support asks prospects to contact their partner or Microsoft account team for more information. "
How much do advanced security updates cost?"
Microsoft does not publish the price list publicly because you can buy it Microsoft's observer Mary Jo Foley has some details, although she believes that
For businesses running Windows 7 Enterprise, first year updates cost $ 25 per device, $ 50 per device in the second year, and $ 100 per device in the third, which is an extension to a Windows Volume Licensing agreement
Companies with Windows 7 Pro devices pay $ 50 per device in the first year, $ 100 per device in the first year, and $ 200 per device in the second, and no volume license agreement is required.
There is no Minimum purchase required Technically, you can only pay for updates to a single device.
Windows 7 is still over 35% of PCs i nstalled It is estimated that many companies will undoubtedly pay for these advanced security updates.
Fortunately, as a home user you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free, although Microsoft does not release this trick.  RELATED: With a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 button, you can still download Windows 10 for free