It has been almost a year and a half since Windows 7 no longer received support from Microsoft. Windows 7, every day more defenseless, which from today will no longer be able to update the drivers, something fundamental for the proper functioning of the system. A change that affects Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2, which will not be able to update through Windows Update.

As of June 17, 2021, Microsoft will stop releasing drivers for the aforementioned versions of Windows. News that coincides with the possibility we saw yesterday that Windows 11 is a free update for computers that are still running Windows 7.

One more step into the abyss

The SHA-1 trusted root certificate for Windows 7 SP1 as well as Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 became invalid on May 9, 2021, a change that led Microsoft partners to release the -2 SHA-signed drivers, which, Besides causing operational problems, are incompatible on Windows Server devices. Issues that led Microsoft to stop releasing SHA-2 signed drivers on Windows Update.

This way, from now on, Windows 7 computers will not be able to update the drivers in the usual way, through Windows Update. On the support page, Microsoft details the steps to take because there is an exception.

Customers who are part of the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program will still be able to access updated drivers to ensure optimal driver reliability.

“If your organization uses the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program, you will still have the option of deploying drivers to your managed devices using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS_ and other supported methods.”

In this case, Windows 7 and Windows Server drivers for the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP) will continue to be available until January 2023.

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