January 14, 2020 is the date scheduled as the end of official support for Windows 7. After 10 years of life, one of the most used and important versions in the history of Windows will become the new XP because it is still found on hundreds of millions of computers.
Computers that will run out of security patches and they will become a risk for all those who use them. However, it is precisely because of this that Microsoft decided to extend Windows 7 support for three more years only to companies that pay a fairly substantial fee per device, as long as they are eligible. Except now someone has figured out how to get those paid updates on any system.
The point is that, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) They are a paid service offered by Microsoft only to companies with volume license agreements and SMEs that sign up to obtain them.
That is, not just any Windows 7 Home user can come and pay for an extension. ESUs would also cost between $ 25 and $ 200 per device depending on the version and the number of years to be extended. Less in the first year of extended support, double in the second, and four times more in the third. And even so, not everyone can access them.
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BypassESU, the tool that bypasses the restriction
In November, Microsoft released a testing update for Windows 7 that allows administrators to check if your systems are compatible with the new extended security updates process.
When installing this update (KB4528069) you need to enter your ESU license which will authorize extended updates in the future. But just like our whole lives we’ve had lots of tools to skip the Windows license verification, we now have one for the ESU license.
Windows license verification measures have never completely prevented the installation of updates or the system itself
The My Digital Life forum community has created a tool that skips the ESU license verification process and it allows the installation of the test update, so in theory it would allow to install the ESUs in the future.
Now, although it is possible that Microsoft will take measures to take into account the existence of this new tool, it must also be taken into account that in all the recent history of Windows, the company has never been able (or has not wanted to be able) with the thousand and one license cracks that exist to date.