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    About 3,000 of you purchased the Windows 7 ESU from Harbor Computer Services last year. We offered to make this available to Woody readers after so ma
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    • #2322276

      Thank you for this!!

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

    • #2322427

      For those in Europe, I’ve managed also to find a German company, that offers the ESU license for the 2nd year to other countries.

      Windows 7 SP1: ESU Support for 2021 – Part 1

      Ex Microsoft Windows (Insider) MVP, Microsoft Answers Community Moderator, Blogger, Book author


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    • #2322432

      Since M$ has found a way for Win7 ESU might we expect the same for Win8.1 when it’s support days are numbered?

      I sure hope so.

      • #2322445

        I don’t think many businesses went to W8, they stayed on W7 until W10 turned up and you could no longer get drivers for W7 on new machines. On that basis it’s unlikely W8/8.1 will need ESU.

        cheers, Paul

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        I agree with @Paul-T . from what I’ve seen on this forum, it’s my belief that Windows 8/8.1 has nowhere near the vast adoption rate that Windows 7 achieved both in consumer and business lines/SKUs.

        For that reason, I seriously doubt MS will offer any type of ESU for those on 8.1, except to those few businesses who have some sort of enterprise volume licensing agreement that specifically allows them to receive such support for an extended period (one or two years perhaps) beyond EOL.

        As anecdotal evidence, recall on the consumer side the boom/bust cycle of OSes, 98SE boom, ME bust, XP boom, Vista bust, 7 boom. With that “cycle”, many folks figured that 8 would probably be a bust, so they pinned their hopes on Windows 10 on the consumer side. Just sayin’.

        Turns out that Windows 10 is a completely different beast thanks to the SaaS concept that MS seems to be trying to follow with Win 10. “Sure you get a perpetual license, but you have to update it every 18 months or you’re out of luck”.

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      • #2322862

        I think this will be a one time thing. I wouldn’t expect it for Windows 8 or 8.1

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