Support for Windows 7 comes to an end on January 14, 2020, and to remain current and supported, customers need to make the shift to Windows 10. For help planning and deploying Windows 10, Microsoft offers guidance and other resources to accelerate the migration.
As a last resort option for volume licensing customers running Windows 7 (Professional or Enterprise) and Windows Server 2008 after the end of support date, Microsoft recently announced the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program. Security updates released under the ESU program will be published to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
This article describes software update management and OS deployment using Configuration Manager for clients covered under the ESU program. In general, products that are beyond their support lifecycle are not supported for use with any version of Configuration Manager as clients or in server roles. As such, following the end of support date for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/R2, these operating systems will no longer be tested nor supported with Configuration Manager.
For those clients covered under the ESU program, the latest released version of Configuration Manager current branch can be used to deploy and install Windows security updates released under the program and deploy supported OSes via operating system deployment (OSD).
No. If you have a requirement to patch operating systems covered under the extended security updates program using Configuration Manager, migrate or upgrade to the latest released version of Configuration Manager (current branch).
No. Only the latest released version of Configuration Manager current branch should be used.
Yes, if you’re using the latest released version of Configuration Manager current branch.
Client management features not related to Windows patch management or operating system deployment will no longer be tested on the operating systems covered under the extended security updates program and we do not guarantee that they will continue to function. It is highly recommended to upgrade or migrate to a current version of the operating systems to receive client management support.
No. Any active distribution points will need to be moved to a supported operating system before January 14, 2020, to continue to be supported by Configuration Manager. See Supported operating systems for Configuration Manager site system servers for more information.
Where the customer has Office 365 ProPlus on devices with active Windows 7 ESU, ProPlus will continue to receive monthly security updates for the duration of the ESU. However, those customers will not continue to receive Office 365 ProPlus feature updates. The Office 365 management features in Configuration Manager will no longer be tested on operating systems covered under the ESU program and we do not guarantee that they will continue to function.