What happened now? Doomsday has finally arrived for Windows 7 and 8. Although we’ve known for a long time that this would happen, Microsoft has one last surprise for Windows 7 users: anyone who still needs critical security updates for these operating systems can look forward to 0patch for another two years.
Microsoft released the final updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8 via Extended Security Update (ESU) this week, closing the book on legacy operating systems. China Software Development Network Blog discovered that the update adds UEFI secure boot to Windows 7, but that seems to be a flawed implementation.
Secure Boot debuted in Windows 8, and while it’s nice to see Microsoft extend this feature to Windows 7, it doesn’t seem to work correctly for everyone. The patch did not update the VGA.sys and VGApnp.sys display drivers, causing some users to get stuck at the Windows startup logo when trying to enable secure boot. Since pure Class 3 UEFI systems do not include Compatibility Support Module or Legacy Mode, they will need a workaround.
Update also corrections Issues with the msds-SupportedEncryptionTypes attribute and applications that use the Microsoft Open Database Connectivity SQL Server Driver (sqlsrv32.dll). However, this leaves for a couple of known unresolved issues. The fix may display an upgrade failure warning on Windows 7, and on Windows 8 may cause domain join operations to fail.
Did you know that Microsoft SECRET has released a NEW update (KB5017361) that adds SECURE BOOT support to Windows 7? 🤫
⚠️ But there is one catch…
1⃣ Pure UEFI Class 3 systems still require a workaround due to the underlying VGA driver.
2⃣ This is an ESU update.
— Bob Pony (@TheBobPony) January 9, 2023
Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 in 2015 and Windows 8 in 2018, while extended support for Windows 7 continued through 2020. However, the company retained the costly option of ESU to deliver critical security updates to many systems that were still using Windows 7 at the time. . Extended support for Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8 ended this week. Fixes for both operating systems for Chrome and Microsoft Edge will also end.
About 11 percent of Windows systems worldwide are still running Windows 7, which is slightly less than the 16 percent that use Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 11. Until January 2025, the last remaining option for those who still want important Windows 7 updates. there will be a micropatch 0patch. The team will also continue to support Microsoft Edge on Windows Server 2008 and Server 2012 during this period.
Windows 7, released in 2009, was very popular due to its relative stability. Windows 8, however, drew a lot of criticism for major changes to the system interface when it was released in 2012. Most Windows users today are using Windows 10 while Windows 11 is struggling to gain momentum.