Procedure to continue receiving security updates after extended support ends on January 14, 2020

Applies to: Windows 7 Service Pack 1Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2

Introduction


The article applies to all customers who have purchased the Extended Security Update (ESU) for on-premises versions of the following:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • All Azure Stack and VMWare on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) running on these operating systems.

On January 14, 2020, extended support ends. To continue receiving security updates after this date, you must first install the latest servicing stack update (SSU) and the current quality update. Then, download the ESU key from the VLSC portal and deploy and activate the ESU key. If you use the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) to deploy and activate keys, follow the instructions here.

More information


You do not need an additional key for deployment of the following:

  • All Azure VMs
  • Windows 7 SP1 with Windows Virtual Desktop
  • Bring your own images on Azure for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2

However, the latest SSU and the current quality update are required. Then, you can continue to use your current update and servicing strategy to deploy the ESU through Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), or whichever update management solution that you prefer. Additionally, until January 14, 2020, current security updates will be available through all the usual channels.