Microsoft No Longer Allows Windows 7 Driver Updates via Windows Update

Microsoft has recently announced that Windows 7, the 2009 operating system that is no longer getting any security patches and fixed after reaching the end of support in January 2020, wouldn’t be allowed to receive driver updates from Windows Update anymore.

The company explains that devices where Windows 7 is still running on some computers, and these are eligible for the Extended Security Updates program, the new drivers can be shipped via Windows Server Update Services or any other system each firm might have in place.

Driver signing allowed until January 2023

Microsoft says it will discontinue driver updates signed with SHA-2 on Windows Update.

“Due to the discontinuation and expiration of SHA-1 certificates, partners utilizing the Microsoft Trusted Root Program could publish incompatible SHA-2 signed drivers to unpatched Windows client and Windows Server devices. This, in turn, had the potential to cause degraded functionality or to cause dev… (read more)
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Juniya Sankara

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