Download Windows 7’s last free security updates

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Microsoft started the year strong with the January 2020 Patch Tuesday updates. Besides the usual cumulative updates, that was also the last set of security updates for Windows 7, or so we thought.

On January 14, 2020, Windows 7 reached its end of support. Now, with the February 2020 Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft released a new post-EOS update in the form of KB4537813 , which is a security-only update, and KB4537820 (monthly rollup).

KB4537813 comes with security improvements

This is a welcomed and unexpected turn of events that helps Windows 7 users keep their PCs running safely a little more than they initially thought.

While KB4537820 includes improvements and fixes that were part of KB4534310 released last month, KB4537813 comes as a standalone security update and it’s free for all Windows 7 users.

The full list of quality improvements and key changes include:

  • Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Cryptography, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Core Networking, Windows Peripherals, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Windows Server.

Of course, there are also some known issues:

  • After installing this update and restarting your device, you might receive the error, “Failure to configure Windows updates. Reverting Changes. Do not turn off your computer”, and the update might show as Failed in Update History.

This issue can appear on PCs running an unsupported ESU version or on PCs that don’t have an ESU MAK add-on key installed and activated.

To get past the problem, Microsoft recommends following all the prerequisites before updating and also make sure that your key is activated.

Download KB4537813 to improve Windows 7’s security

KB4537813 can be installed automatically through Windows Update by going into Settings > Update & Security. If you want to install the update manually, you can do so by downloading it from the Microsoft Update Catalog down below.

As a reminder, customers who have purchased the Extended Security Update (ESU) for on-premises versions can follow the procedures from KB4522133 to continue receiving updates after ESU.

What’s your take on this post-ESU security update for Windows 7? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and we’ll continue the talk.

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