The Windows 7 Extended Security Updates system already bypassed

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We told you about it last week: Microsoft offers a security update system for companies that want to continue using Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. This is a paid service called Windows 7 Extended Security Update charged between $25 and $200 depending on the version of Windows 7 used. But the My Digital Life community has already found a way to bypass the protection of this offer to allow its installation on any workstation. We will explain this to you in detail.

Read also: Windows 7 Security Extended Update is available!

A defective key system

It all started with an update deployed last month. The latter, stamped KB4528069, allowed to check if the systems were compatible while providing an ESU license key that activated the deployment of future updates.

But if you know a little bit about Microsoft’s history, you know that the company has never been able to create a license key system that is secure enough not to be bypassed. Thus, the period of Windows 7 was rich in illegal software that allowed to obtain cracks or to freeze the Redmond firm’s checks on the authenticity of the versions.

Windows 7 Professionnal

This is exactly what the My Digital Life community has done: they have created a tool that cancels the ESU key control operation, making the installation of extended updates available to all Windows 7 licenses.

As you can imagine, this is not a legal tool and it is very likely that Microsoft will make changes to try to block this type of circumvention as much as possible. However, it is possible that other vulnerabilities may be used despite the Redmond firm’s efforts to fix the problem.


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