Hack Reportedly Enables Free Extended Security Updates On All Windows 7 PCs

Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 7 users after January 14 next year. The Big M has promised to provide paid extended support to Enterprise and small business users for up to three years.

However, the security patches and fixes would no longer be available for devices that are not eligible for extended support. Some smart users have found a hack that could allow all Windows 7 devices to be enrolled in the Extended Security Updates program.

Notably, Microsoft has recently pushed an update to determine the eligibility of devices to be enrolled in the ESU program. Once the update is installed on your system, it runs a check behind the scene for that purpose. The recently developed tool allows you to bypass the check to receive updates from Microsoft.

How To Get Free Windows 7 Updates for More Than Three Years

Although the update verifies the eligibility of your device to participate in the Extended Security Updates program, it may allow you to get free Windows 7 Updates for more than three years. Some Windows 7 used a hack to bypass the Extended Security Updates check.

Interested users initially need to visit the MDL forum in order to download and extract a small archive. You can then bypass the check with the help of two batch files included in the package. If we look into the details, someone has basically manipulated these checks so that the verification checks return true on your system.

Windows 7 bypass security updates checks
Bypass security updates checks on Windows 7

It means that the hack will allow you to receive Extended Security Updates on your Windows 7 devices running Ultimate, Starter or Home editions.

MDL users confirmed that you can use the hack to enable Extended Security Updates for all versions of Windows 7.¬†However, it is worth mentioning that the trick works for Microsoft’s test update at least for now. It remains to be seen if you will be able to use it with the real Windows 7 Extended Security Updates.

There is a possibility that Microsoft is going to block the hack before January 14, 2020. However, loyal Windows 7 fans may come up with another way to bypass the checks. If this happens, you can continue to use Windows 7 for three more years.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.