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gazupnorth

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Thanks Alimac for the link ..
Just wondering ..... I run win7 on my PC. Its not a legit copy and I've been running it for about 6 years without any updates. I seem to recall that I turned updates off cos its not a legit copy ??!! I've never had any security issues. I run AVG free as my only security.
I've probably been very lucky... but my question is this ... should I now start using the security updates or just stick with what I've been doing and hope for the best ??

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Cyber-security experts are urging Windows 7 users to upgrade their operating system.

Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 7 from Tuesday so that it can focus on "newer technologies".

As a result, Windows 7 users will no longer receive the all-important security updates and patches that keep their machines safe.

One in four Windows users is running Windows 7,


Microsoft ends Windows 7: What should you do?
In my opinion, it isnt a big deal. It is a mild security concern, but in the short run it isnt an issue unless you are a business. home users have very little to worry about.
 

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Some of us are still running the even older Windows XP, but I wouldn't use XP (or now Windows 7) on a machine that's connected to the interwebs. Isolated machine on your own, well-controlled LAN, maybe...
 

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If you're running an unpatched version of ANY os then you're vulnerable to so many hacks. For instance, Windows 7 unpatched is open to the eternal blue hack, which can allow any number of ransomeware to install and encrypt your systems.

The problem with going from Win 7 to Win 8 or even 10, is that both of those OS are horrid compared to Win 7. Until a new version comes out that serves everyone well, I think majority will stick with what they know and have.

@gazupnorth - Is your PC/Laptop connected to the internet? I know you've got AVG, but that's about as much use an unmbrella in a typhoon, you've locked all the windows and left the front door open. The problem you've got now is, that if you update it'll likely break lots of stuff, and take an eternity to update/download/update. Also if your device is on the internet, then it'll be on Shodan ;)
 

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** BypassESU v5 AIO **

* An alternative approach to suppress Extended Security Updates eligibility check for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

- Additionally, it provide a patch for WU engine to allow receiving ESU updates for all editions.
the following updates must be installed and ready before using BypassESU-v5:
- KB4490628: Servicing stack update, March 2019
x86
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/03/windows6.1-kb4490628-x86_3cdb3df55b9cd7ef7fcb24fc4e237ea287ad0992.msu
x64
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/03/windows6.1-kb4490628-x64_d3de52d6987f7c8bdc2c015dca69eac96047c76e.msu

KB4474419: SHA-2 code signing support update, September 2019
x86
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/windows6.1-kb4474419-v3-x86_0f687d50402790f340087c576886501b3223bec6.msu
x64
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/windows6.1-kb4474419-v3-x64_b5614c6cea5cb4e198717789633dca16308ef79c.msu

Latest Extended Servicing stack update, KB4537829 (February 2020) or later
x86
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2020/02/windows6.1-kb4537829-x86_6043573e1ad978eacd304089604a36ad5ee92731.msu
x64
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2020/02/windows6.1-kb4537829-x64_b4f4c2cd38b45a81fe9278e97e72fc3f8dc1bb70.msu

KB4538483: ESU Licensing Preparation Package (only required to get updates via WU)
x86
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2020/02/windows6.1-kb4538483-x86_ad01b9ae3388f75bf3280a5b7574a66e319c43bc.msu
x64
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2020/02/windows6.1-kb4538483-x64_5c1336947b1d530b1d7adc2c1fe966edb71aed6b.msu

Updated Windows Update Client, at least KB3138612
x86
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/02/windows6.1-kb3138612-x86_6e90531daffc13bc4e92ecea890e501e807c621f.msu
x64
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/02/windows6.1-kb3138612-x64_f7b1de8ea7cf8faf57b0138c4068d2e899e2b266.msu

if you installed any Monthly Quality Rollup, or July 2016 update rollup KB3172605, both already have updated WUC

if you installed January 2020 Security Only update KB4534314, or the fix update KB4539602, both already have updated WUC

Extract the pack contents to a folder with simple path

How to use

Make sure to install the prerequisite updates (reboot if required)

- right-click on LiveOS-Setup.cmd and "Run as administrator"

- from the menu, press the corresponding number for the desired option:

[1] Full Installation {ESU Suppressor + WU ESU Patcher}
most recommended option

[2] Install ESU Suppressor
mainly for security-only updates users, whom don't need the Monthly Rollup through WU

[3] Install WU ESU Patcher
this only allow to offer ESU updates via WU
!! Warning: unless you have another bypass installed, ESU updates installation will fail with this option

Download
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1bxTaXM3LVoxYtIYscVlbZ1ez8B4KnDOy

Password:
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