Hello everyone,Microsoft has announced it's final leg of the Extended Security Updates (ESUs) support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.
|Versions||ESU Support remaining||Start and End date|
|Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems||Final year of support (3rd year)||January 12, 2022 to January 10, 2023|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for Embedded Systems and Windows Server 2008 SP2 for Embedded Systems if running on Microsoft Azure||One more additional year of support||February 14, 2023 to January 9, 2024|
Year 2 and Year 3 coverage for ESU
Two main things to note is that:
You will need to purchase the third year of ESU coverage separately and activate a new key on each applicable device in order for your devices to continue receiving security updates in 2022
If your organization did not purchase the first, second, and third year of ESU coverage, you will need to purchase Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 ESU for your applicable Windows 7 or Windows Server devices before installing and activating the Year 3 MAK keys to receive updates.
The steps to install, activate, and deploy ESUs are the same for first-, second-, and third-year coverage.
For more details regarding these updates, refer to Microsoft's community post regarding the same.