Question Will the EXISTING Windows 7 updates still be available after Jan. 14?

Ken90630

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Quick question:

I know that after tomorrow (January 14, 2020) Microsoft will no longer be issuing Windows Updates (including security patches) for Windows 7. What about the existing Windows Updates though? Will they still be available to download after Jan. 14? I need to do a reformat and reinstallation of Windows 7 on one of my PCs, so will I still be able to go to Windows Update and get all the ones that have come out in the last 10 years?
 

UsandThem

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Not sure.

I looked at the FAQ sections, and the wording is ambiguous on if existing updates will still work, or if they are pulling updates altogether.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-7-end-of-life-support-information#why-windows-drawer-FAQ
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-will-end-on-january-14-2020

Based on their track record, I imagine Window 7 users will still be able to update the OS using the existing updates, however there will be nothing new added after January 14th.
 

VirtualLarry

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I looked at the FAQ sections, and the wording is ambiguous on if existing updates will still work, or if they are pulling updates altogether.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-7-end-of-life-support-information#why-windows-drawer-FAQ
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-will-end-on-january-14-2020

Based on their track record, I imagine Window 7 users will still be able to update the OS using the existing updates, however there will be nothing new added after January 14th.
I wouldn't count on that. if anything, MS wants people to upgrade to Win10, so I expect them to push an update to Windows Update, that effectively disables it entirely. (*)

Don't forget MSSE updates shutting off too.

(*) There is precedent to this. MS did the same thing for "unsupported" CPU platforms and Win7, in an effort to push people on newer hardware than Win7-vintage to Win10, MS pushed an update that effectively disabled Windows Update for those customers, even though MS "doing nothing" and looking the other way would have allowed their paying customers to get updates, they srtill chose to explicitly screw over their customers. I expect the same thing to happen here.
 
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