- Starting June 17, 2021, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 won’t get driver updates anymore.
- Enterprises with value licensing will continue to get support through the Extended Security Update (ESU) program.
- The company is doing this because it no longer uses SHA-1 Trusted Root Certificate Authority, which expired on May 9.
Devices running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will no longer receive driver updates via Windows Update starting June 17, 2021. According to BleepingComputer (via Window Central), Microsoft has officially stopped supporting driver download through its Windows Update service.
On a Tech Community post, the company says that it’s doing this after the SHA-1 Trusted Root Certificate Authority expired on May 9, 2021. Since the company is no longer using the certificate, “partners utilizing the Microsoft Trusted Root Program could publish incompatible SHA-2 signed drivers to unpatched” versions of Windows, and this could cause degraded functionality or prevent computers from booting.
As a result, to prevent compatibility issues, Microsoft is stopping “publishing of SHA-2 signed drivers to Windows Update that target Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 devices on June 17, 2021.”
While consumers with Windows 7 devices will no longer get driver updates, the company points out that updates will continue to be available for enterprise customers with Volume Licensing agreements in an Extended Security Update (ESU) program to ensure optimal driver reliability.
Windows 7 has reached the end of service on January 14, 2020. If you are still using this version of the OS, it’s recommended to upgrade to the most recent version of Windows 10 to continue getting support.