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  • Yes, there’s a crack to enable extended security updates on all Win7 machines. No, you shouldn’t count on it.

    Posted on December 8th, 2019 at 07:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Martin Binkmann on Ghacks.net has some cracking news about the Win7 Extended Security Updates — the ability to install Win7 security patches from Microsoft after Win7 hits end of service in January:

    Someone discovered a way to enable Extended Security Updates on all machines running Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system.

    That’s really big news for several reasons, but one point that intrigues me is that it offers hope for Win7 Home and Ultimate users that they might be able to get security patches after January.

    All in all, it’s a clever hack from some brilliant folks on My Digital Life that flips the proper bits to make any Win7 system pass Microsoft’s eligibility check for Extended Security Updates. We don’t yet have even one Extended Security Update, so it’s impossible to tell if it’ll work on the Real Thing.

    It’s also about 99.999% likely, in my opinion, that MS will plug the hole before January.

    That won’t keep people from trying, of course.

    Meanwhile, I’m sitting with bated breath, wondering if Susan and Amy will be able to find a way for normal people like me to pay $50 and get an extra year of security patches.