After releasing new cumulative updates for Windows 10, Microsoft is also rolling out a new patch for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Earlier today, the software maker pushed out these updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 devices to address some security issues.

KB4457144 for Windows 7 and KB4457129 for Windows 8.1 is rolling out via Windows Update and you can also install them via a manual download of the package from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

The patch for Windows 7 addresses the following issues:

  • Security updates to Windows media, Windows Shell, Windows Hyper-V, Windows kernel, Windows datacenter networking, Windows virtualization and kernel, Microsoft JET Database Engine, Windows MSXML, and Windows Server.

The patch for Windows 8.1 addresses the following issues:

  • Security updates to Windows media, Windows Shell, Windows Hyper-V, Windows datacenter networking, Windows kernel, Windows virtualization and kernel, Microsoft JET Database Engine, Windows MSXML, and Windows Server.

Customers who pay can get Windows 7 updates until 2023

Windows 7 is approaching the end of support in January 2020 but Microsoft last week announced that businesses can pay to end support for Windows 7 for two years.

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The businesses can get updates for Windows 7 until 2023 if they purchase Extended Security Updates (ESU) plan. Microsoft hasn't disclosed the pricing yet but the cost of these patches would increase every year.

“The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year. Windows 7 ESUs will be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, with a discount to customers with Windows software assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions,” Microsoft explains. "In addition, Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. This means that customers who purchase the Windows 7 ESU will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus".

You can learn more about Windows 7 paid plans here.

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