Windows 7: to expand paid support

The end of support date for Windows 7 seems far away and dates back to January 14, 2020. However, professionals and companies can purchase additional support time for security patches.

Extended Security Updates (ESU) are based on per-publication marketing and have a price that doubles every additional year. While it is unlikely that the ESA will last more than three years, an extension could eventually be proposed.

Hints of this were found in ESU-tagged security updates KB5015861 and KB5015862 that were released on Patch Tuesday. Ghacks says they are including ESU licenses and keys to expand support beyond the first three years.

Before January 2026 for Windows 7?

If so, this would mean Extended Security Updates will be offered for Windows 7 until January 2026. However, we will have to wait for an official comment from Microsoft, which has not commented on this topic.

According to StatCounter, Windows 7’s market share on Windows-equipped PCs is 11.5%… while Windows 11’s market share is 11%. Microsoft is currently reporting that support for Windows 8.1 will end on January 10, 2023. Unlike Windows 7, there will be no ESU for Windows 8.1.


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