Microsoft discontinued support for Windows 7 in 2020. However, it offers extended support to businesses and organizations for an additional fee. Microsoft had intended to limit extended support to three year, but this seems to have changed.
Source says that the July security patches KB5015861 & KB5015862 contain the licenses and keys required to extend extended support. It should therefore end in January 2026, not 2023.
Updates will be available as part of extended support.
- Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise
- Windows 7 SP1 Pro
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Embedded Standard 7
- Windows Embedded POS Ready 7.
Statcounter reports that Windows 7 still holds 11.54% of this market. This is higher than Windows 11. Its share is 10.96%.
Microsoft previously released updates for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11, with new features and fixes.