Finally, we have the Windows 7 ESU Extended Security Updates 2021 licenses available for customers in the USA! You must own the Windows 7 ESU for the previous year (2020) in order to purchase the ESU for this year (2021).
Jan 5, 2021: We are in the process of updating this article for Windows 7 ESU 2021.
As you may have heard Windows 7 at the end of its Life Cycle. This makes users more susceptible to malware attacks and turns Window 7 into a minefield of security threats. The Extended Security Update program is an alternative for consumers to manage certain legacy Microsoft products after the support is ended. And this is an ultimate step-by-step guide on how to purchase and activate a Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for your computers.
Please also check Microsoft articles about Win 7 ESU:
Please follow the steps listed below to make sure you purchase the right product for a proper device.
The original price for Win 7 ESU was $50. But on Dec 10, 2019 it was increased to $62. We've got this communication from Microsoft:
UPDATE: Windows 7 ESU in CSP -- Pricing On December 2, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) were made available to businesses of all sizes through Cloud Solution Provider (CSP). We have identified a price discrepancy with the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates available through the CSP channel. As of Tuesday, December 10, we have fixed the discrepancy to ensure that all commercial customers have the same suggested retail price for the Windows 7 ESU. Now, the ESU price that CSP partners see will align to the pricing offered through our volume licensing channel since April 2019."
ESU MAK Phone activation was recently added as an option for non-Internet-connected devices. This article doesn't describe that activation process.
Microsoft 365 / Azure AD tenant name will be required to place an order for ESU licenses. It's ok if you don't have one. We will register a tenant for you. It's free and with no strings attached. If you have a tenant and want to use it -- make sure you complete a questionnaire after you place your order.
Usually, it takes about a day to process an ESU order. When an order is processed you will receive an email with MAK (Multiple Activation Key).
Depending on what office process the order, the email with the key may
come from one of the following domain names:
o365hq.com OR itpartner365.com.
When you have the key you are ready for the next step.
The installation and activation steps are exactly the same as for the Year 1 of ESU above. The only difference is that you use a different MAK key and different activation ID.
You will get your MAK key from us once we receive and process your order. And here are the activation IDs:
Error: 0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid.
Solution: Install all the Windows Updates. Restart the computer. Check for Windows Updates one more time to ensure your computer is up to date. Disable any third-party antivirus and/or firewall software. Try installation and activation one more time. If you have problems with your Windows Updates subsystem -- please try this Microsoft Article.
Question How many activations are left on your ESU MAK key?
Solution Source: Microsoft Windows 7 ESU FAQ -- Customers can determine the remaining activations on a MAK key using VAMT:
Question If an organization waits and purchases ESU for the first time in Year 2 or Year 3, do they have to purchase licenses for the preceding year(s) as well?
Solution Yes. Because the updates are cumulative, organizations do have to pay for the preceding years if they purchase Windows 7 ESU for the first time in year two or year three. That is, customers must have purchased coverage for year 1 of Extended Security Updates in order to buy year 2, and coverage for year 2 in order to buy year 3. Customers may buy coverage for previous years at the same time they buy coverage for a current period. It is not necessary to buy a certain period of coverage within that coverage period.