Windows 7 ESU Paid Service Limitations Easily Bypassed.
Microsoft no longer plans to update the Windows 7 operating system for regular users, but enthusiasts have found a way to keep getting updates for free.
On January 14, the company discontinued official support for Windows 7 and aggressively warns users about the shortcomings and dangers of this status.
However, corporate users can extend support for Windows 7 until January 2023 for an additional fee and continue to receive security updates through the Windows 7 ESU (Extended Security Updates). This pleasure is worth a lot – 25 dollars for each computer in the first year, with a subsequent increase in prices to 50 and even 100 dollars.
As it turned out, the limitations of the Windows 7 ESU can be easily circumvented. The solution, published online, allows any Windows 7 user to continue to receive security updates released by Microsoft as part of the Windows 7 ESU.
To do this, it is proposed to manually install a special BypassESU patch and test ESU update KB4528069, which is responsible for checking whether the user has the right to receive updates. Then a few more steps will be required.
At the moment, the loophole is working, but Microsoft can close it at any time. Of course, you can use such a solution not approved by Microsoft only at your own peril and risk.
In principle, a loophole was found at the end of last year, but then it was not clear whether it would continue to work with the release of the February update of Windows 7 ESU. The February update came out and the solution remained operational.