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This article describes an update that enables you to upgrade your computer from Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to a later version of Windows. This update has prerequisites. Important Do not install a language pack after you install this update.

How to obtain this update

If you do, the language-specific changes in the update will not be applied, and you will have to reinstall the update. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows. This update is available from Windows Update. The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center.

Operating system. All supported x86-based versions of Windows 7. All supported x64-based versions of Windows 7. All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2.

All supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2. Note This update for Windows Server 2008 R2 does not support you to upgrade to a later version of Windows For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:.

119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

To install this update, you must install Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Update detail information

To apply this update, you do not have to make any changes to the registry. You may have to restart the computer after you apply this update. This update does not replace a previously released update. The global version of this update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables.

The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information and notes. The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information" section.

MUM, MANIFEST, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are very important to maintain the state of the updated components.

Restart requirement

The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature. For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7. For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2. Additional file information.

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2. Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7.

Prerequisites

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. See the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.

“Doomsday is here! The sky is falling! Windows 7 is out of support and all hell will break loose!” – or, at least, that’s what some cybersecurity experts and press outlets want you to think.

In this article, I will offer some advice to businesses of all sizes that may need to continue using Windows 7, while understanding the risk. This is my opinion and should be taken as advice only.

Every company is different, and your circumstances are likely to vary. Windows 7 has been Microsoft’s most successful operating system and, it’s safe to say, one of the most loved. Lessons learned from Windows XP, and especially Vista, allowed Microsoft to build a stable operating system that only required one Service Pack, despite being in use for over 10 years.

However, nothing lasts forever, and with Windows 7 end-of-support originally announced way back in 2015, the end ultimately arrived on January 14, 2020.

Microsoft is facing criticism for ending support for all but enterprise customers paying for extended support, but it’s worth noting that Apple faces no criticism for constantly upgrading iOS and MacOS and for (rather quickly) ending support for legacy versions of those OSes. Of course, we still have to see whether the recent Crypto API spoofing vulnerability will test Microsoft’s resolve to keep Windows 7 unpatched for not-paying customers.