Windows 7 End of Life

How Does It Impact You?

Windows 7 announced its End of Life on January 14, 2020. This means you won't get any regular security updates which exposes you to great security and business risks. Without security updates, you're vulnerable to cyber attacks which can potentially lead to data breaches, financial losses, and brand erosion.

How Can You Prevent That?

Though official support for Windows 7 has ended, you are not left open to hackers and attackers. You can secure your applications and data with any of the following options:

Whether you are looking to upgrade your Windows version or want to learn more about the ESU program, Apps4Rent can help. Feel free to contact our experts now!

Windows 7 End of Life - Your Options

Buy ESU independently

If you don't want to upgrade servers right now, buy Extended Security Updates (ESU) independently from Apps4Rent.

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Move to Azure

You can either move your workloads completely on Azure, or be in the hybrid mode with some on-premises elements.

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Upgrade to Windows 10

Upgrade your Windows 7 operating system to the most recent version - Windows 10 or Windows 8.

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Windows 7 Extended Support

Continue Using Windows 7 Even After End of Life

security updates

Windows Virtual Desktops on Azure with eligible plans will continue to get Extended Security Updates (ESU) with their subscription.

No extra cost
on Azure

If you migrate to Azure, you can continue using Windows 7 without paying anything extra for Extended Security Updates (ESUs).


You can access a Windows 7 enabled Windows Virtual Desktop from any device with web, Mac, iOS, Android and Windows clients.

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Your business does not require volume licensing for Windows 7 ESU. You can purchase ESU from Apps4Rent through the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP).

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  • We have served over 10,000 businesses - from small and medium businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
  • We have over 16 years of experience in Cloud hosting business, including business applications such as Exchange, SharePoint, Office 365, and cloud infrastructure such as Virtual Desktop, servers, and private cloud.
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  • We are a Tier-1 Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider for Office 365 and Azure.
  • We provide superb 24/7 support by phone, chat, and email, which is more extensive than Microsoft's Support.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. What happens when Windows 7 reaches its End OF Life (EOL)?

In over a decade since Windows 7 was launched, a lot has changed in the technology sphere. Throughout this period, Microsoft had been releasing updates and security patches to keep the operating system relevant to the changing landscape. A significant proportion of Microsoft Operating System users have migrated to Windows 10 and the organization realizes that it is untenable to release new updates for Windows 7 free of cost.

2. Can I continue to use Windows 7?

Yes. You can continue to use Windows 7. The downside of using Windows 7 is two-fold. Firstly, your system will be increasingly prone to malicious attacks because it can't cope with the latest security challenges. More importantly, you will have compatibility issues with the newly installed software.

3. What can I do if I cannot upgrade to Windows 10 by 14 January 2020?

Although your system will continue to work with Windows 7 after 14 January 2020, it wouldn't receive important security patches. There are two options to circumvent the problem. You can either choose to subscribe to Windows 7 extended security updates (ESU) or move to an Azure-based cloud-hosted desktop operating on Windows 7.

4. How will Windows 7 extended security updates (ESU) be implemented?

Customers eligible for Windows 7 extended support will receive Multiple Activation Key (MAK) once they subscribe to the updates. These will activate the patches as and when they are available on the PCs operating Windows 7. Businesses can purchase ESUs through Volume Licensing or the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.

5. How does Windows 7 work on Azure cloud-hosted desktops?

The cloud-hosted desktops running Windows 7 are managed services with Extended Security Updates available on them without manually installing them on your system. These desktops can be accessed from any device remotely. Users can transfer contents from any device, including their Windows 10 local workstations to the virtual desktops running Windows 7.

6. Which is the better solution for me?

Whether you should opt for ESU or Azure-hosted Windows 7 Desktops would depend on your current circumstances. If you cannot migrate from Windows 7 to the latest operating system, ESU is the only option. It must be noted that Windows 7 ESU will be available to only to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers. Given a choice, you should opt for Windows Virtual Desktop with Windows 7. This would provide organizations with the flexibility of monthly subscription plans as opposed to the incremental annual subscription plans of the ESU that will be valid through January 2023 while simultaneously providing the same level of security at no additional cost. You can also directly opt for Windows Virtual Desktop with Windows 10, if your existing desktops are outdated.

7. How can I subscribe to a Windows Virtual Desktop with Window 7?

Windows 7 Enterprise is available with certain specific Microsoft 365 licenses like Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5 plans. Organizations need an Azure Subscription, Azure Active Directory, and a Windows Server Active Directory to run Windows Virtual Desktops.

8. Do I need a Windows machine to access a desktop running Windows 7?

No, any Windows Virtual Desktop, including the ones with Windows 7 Enterprise can be accessed with any machine running on the most commonly used operating systems like Remote Desktop clients like iOS, Android, Mac, and Web apart from Windows itself.

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