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  • Patch Lady – Windows 7 ESU lessons

    Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 20:07 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Some lessons to be learned from the Windows 7 ESU upgrade….

    1. You have to have a valid Windows 7 pro(*) license.  No pirated keys allowed.
    2. If you have an unused Windows 7 pro key you can STILL do an Windows anytime upgrade from Home to Pro.  When you get to the screen in the Windows anytime upgrade, indicate that you have a key, enter in it and depending on the speed of your computer, it will upgrade to pro.  Be patient .. it says it takes 10 minutes or longer…. it can be HOURS depending on the speed of the computer.  Then activate the key in the system section and then you can add the 1 year add on to keep it patched.
    3. The free upgrade from 7 to 10 still works.  Is it legal?  I would say no.  But Microsoft is totally ignoring that and letting the machines activate.
    4. Can you still buy a Windows 7 license if you don’t have a new one?  Yes, but man it’s hard to ensure that you are buying it from a reputable place online.  Everything looks a bit scammy to me.  And certainly don’t buy it from an ebay vendor.  There are a few on Amazon that look okay and not too scammy, but be careful.  If it’s too good to be true or too cheap to be a proper license, it’s probably not one.
    5. A healthy Windows 7 machine should have no problem installing this key and activating it.  A not so healthy one… you may have to manually install missing updates and run the Windows update troubleshooter to get it to healthy condition.
    6. Finally remember that the offer is still open and doesn’t close.  If you are small business and need to keep even one machine on 7 for a key business need, you can continue to get updates next week by purchasing a license.

    (*) or Ultimate license.

    Details now in Computerworld Woody on Windows.