Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows 7 in January 2020. Microsoft now has stopped publishing Windows Update drivers for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
This time because of the expiration of the SHA-1 certificate, the Windows update release option is no longer available. In other words, this may lead to functional degradation or longer device startup time, mainly because unpatched systems will have code integrity issues when using SHA-2 signed drivers.
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In order to avoid and reduce the potential impact of incompatibility, Microsoft decided to stop providing updates. This includes:
- (Developer) Any driver package submitted for multi-targeting for currently supported versions of Windows and Windows Server
- Any driver package for an end-of-support version of Windows or Windows Server.
- From then on, the driver submitter will need to resubmit to Microsoft for re-release after deleting the unsupported system driver version.
It is worth mentioning that the Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 driver submissions for the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP) will continue to be available until January 2023. These versions of the system will continue to provide support to ensure reliable and extended security update (ESU) plans for volume-licensed enterprise customers.
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