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Update 01/2021: Activation of the Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7 on SIMATIC IPC

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Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7 can be activated on SIMATIC IPCs for the year 2020.
Update 01/2021: 

Important note:

Due to the extremely low demand for "SIMATIC IPC Windows 7 ESU Activation 2020", this service will no longer be offered for 2021 and 2022. 
This applies both to Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows Embedded Standard 7.
Thus, the Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 cannot be activated for the years 2021 and 2022.
ESU activation can no longer be ordered for Windows 7 from July 2021 and for Windows Embedded Standard 7 from November 2021.



The standard support provided by Microsoft for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 was discontinued on January 14, 2020.
The support for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 will be discontinued on October 13, 2020.

More detailed information regarding SIMATIC IPC is provided in this entry: 
Information on the availability of Windows 7 for SIMATIC IPCs and Extended Security Updates (ESU): 109772527 

For all customers who cannot or do not want to upgrade their IPCs to Windows 10, Microsoft continues to offer security updates for specific Microsoft 7 editions for (a scheduled period of) maximum three years. 

The Windows 7 ESU contain security updates for critical and important problems which have been defined by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) for a maximum period of three years after 14 January 2020 respectively 13 October 2020.

This service is liable to costs and offered by Microsoft via authorized partners; it must be prolonged each year. The costs entailed increase with each additional year.

The service must be activated separately on each SIMATIC IPC. 
An instance of the activation tool entitles the user to activate the ESU on one IPC.
The corresponding number of instances is required for several IPCs.
Any infringement is a breach of license towards Microsoft and will be detected by the activation server.

The activation tool is available for Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows Embedded Standard 7. The ordering data are listed at the end of this entry.


Summary of the most important information:

  • Only security updates are provided.
  • The cost-based activation is valid for one year each (beginning at the end of the standard support period).
  • At the beginning of the next service year, the ESU must be activated anew at cost.
  • The costs arise once a year and increase every year.
  • If the ESU are purchased only in the second or third year, the ESU of the previous years must be activated on the system.
    For example:
    If the ESU are not activated until the third service year, the ESU for year 1 and the ESU for year 2 must nevertheless be installed respectively activated before.
  • At present, Microsoft plans to offer the ESU for a maximum period of three years.
  • One instance of the activation tool is required for each SIMATIC IPC.


Note

Depending on the Windows components and Windows updates which are already installed on the IPC, a connection to the Internet may be required to install the ESU. This is used to reload missing components.

If an error message is output during the installation, we recommend that you establish a connection to the Internet and execute the setup again.



Ordering data

SIMATIC IPC Extended Security Update Activation for Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (2020) V1.0: 

  Article number 

SIMATIC IPC Windows 7 ESU Activation 2020

Single license

Software and license for download

E-mail address absolutely required for delivery.

6ES7648-6WA81-0YX0

SIMATIC IPC Windows Embedded Standard 7 ESU Activation 2020

Single license

Software and license for download

E-mail address absolutely required for delivery.

 6ES7648-6WW81-0YX0

 

One instance each of the SIMATIC IPC ESU Activation for Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate respectively Windows Embedded Standard 7 is required for the SIMATIC IPC.



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