What you need to know
- Microsoft stopped publishing drivers through Windows Update for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Organizations using the Extended Security Updates program will still be able to manage drivers through Windows Server Updates Servers.
- The switch is due to SHA-1 Trusted Root Certificate Authority expiring for the operating systems.
If your PC still runs Windows 7, you may have to find a new way to manage your drivers. On June 17, Microsoft discontinued the publication of drivers to Windows Update for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Organizations that still use systems running these operating systems will have to use other options, including Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
The SHA-1 Trusted Root Certificate Authority expired for the affected operating systems on May 9, 2021.
To minimize any impact that could be caused by incompatibilities, Microsoft decided to stop publishing SHA-2 signed drivers to Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
This change won't affect many personal PC users, but there are still organizations that rely on Windows 7 with extended support.
Windows 7 support officially ended on January 14, 2020.
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