Microsoft ended free support for the Windows 7 operating system in 2020, although it still offers extended support to organizations and businesses, but for a fee. Microsoft’s plan was to limit extended support to three years, but that seems to have changed.
According to the source, the July security patches KB5015861 and KB5015862 include the necessary licenses and keys to extend extended support. In other words, it should now end not in 2023, but in January 2026.
As part of the extended support program, updates will receive the following versions:
- Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise
- Windows 7 SP1 Pro
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Embedded Standard 7
- Windows Embedded POS Ready 7.
Note that according to Statcounter, Windows 7 still occupies 11.54% of the market, which is more than Windows 11. Its share is 10.96%.
Formerly Microsoft released updates for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 11 with fixes and new features.