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Extended Security Updates (ESU) license for Windows 7 is available now in CSP channel


While many of you are well into your journey of deploying and/or servicing Windows 10, Microsoft understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process. If your organization is unable to complete the transition from Windows 7 Pro, Microsoft want to help you by ensuring that these devices running these select editions and versions continue to receive security updates while you complete your Windows and Windows Server upgrade projects.

So, we are happy to announce that Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) 2020 SKU is available on for purchase for $621 per year. The price will increase in 2021.

Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7 was available for some time already through specific volume licensing programs, like EA (Enterprise Agreement). It was a problem because not every organization was eligible for one. But since December 2nd, 2019 you can purchase Windows 7 ESU SKUs in CSP channel. There is no minimum order.

Purchasing Windows 7 ESUs through a Cloud Solution Provider (CSP)

The process is very simple:
  1. Contact your manager and ask him about Windows 7 ESUs.
  2. Let him know the number of licenses that you would like to purchase (per device).
  3. Provide your Azure AD (Office 365) Tenant Name (What is the Office 365/Azure AD tenant).
  4. Receive your invoice and make a payment.
  5. Receive your keys and install them.

Alternatively, just place an order via our website here.

Installation and activation

First, install the ESU product key using the Windows Software Licensing Management Tool (slmgr):

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt.
  2. Type slmgr /ipk and select Enter.
  3. If the product key installed successfully, you will see a message similar to the following

Next, find the ESU Activation ID:

  1. In the elevated Command Prompt, type slmgr /dlv and select Enter.
  2. Note the Activation ID as you will need it in the next step.

Now, you’ll activate the ESU product key:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt.
  2. Type slmgr /ato and press Enter.

If your organization still has devices running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2, we recommend that you take the steps outlined above today to take advantage of Extended Security Updates and help ensure that your devices continue to receive necessary security updates after January 14, 2020.


1 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.”

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