Windows 7 End of Life (EoL) Overview

Posted by Rob Schnetzer on Tue, Mar, 05, 2019 @ 09:03 AM

This article is a follow-up to our blog post from January, the End of Life for Windows 7

Microsoft has announced the rates and pricing structure for anyone seeking to purchase Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs).

To recap, Microsoft will cease official support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. This means the end of regular security patches and service desk support for the aged operating system. Anyone who wants support for Windows 7 after that date will need to purchase ESU.

If your company operates a Windows 7-based IT network, we recommend you start upgrading sooner rather than later. Seek out a local small business tech support firm or consultant for help with this process. That said, if your company cannot upgrade within that time frame, we recommend purchasing ESU. While your PCs will be running an obsolete operating system, you can rest assured knowing those machines will receive regular security updates as you plan to migrate to a new OS at a future date.

After the End of Life

Windows 7 ESU will continue through January 2023, at which time any and all updates for Windows 7 will cease. If you haven’t gotten an exit strategy together for leaving the aging platform, we advise that you do so very soonBelow are the anticipated rates for Windows 7 ESU: 


Windows 7 Enterprise 

Windows 7 Pro 

Year 1 (Jan ’20 – Jan ’21) 

$25 per device 

$50 per device 

Year 2 (Jan ’21 – Jan ’22) 

$50 per device 

$100 per device 

Year 3 (Jan ‘2 – Jan’ 23) 

$100 per device 

$200 per device 

Further Explanation

The ESU plan can be complex depending on how many workstations you have and the presence of Office 365 ProPlusDue to the cost and the short-term status of this ESU fix, we don’t recommend it. See our accompanying article about a Windows 7 Exit strategy or contact Sagiss to help determine the best next step for your organization.   

Topics: Windows 10, End of Life Software