For now, the workaround seems to be working.
Microsoft does not make Windows 7 updates available to home users, but this is different for all types of businesses. They use the so-called ESU (Extended Security Updates), which is an extended security update program. Participation in this program is paid. It is suspected that within the first year of ending support for Windows 7, companies must pay Microsoft $ 25 for each device with this system, and this amount is expected to double every 12 months.
Although the Extended Security Update program is not intended for home users, a way has already been found to work around this issue. All you need is a few simple steps to make Windows 7 receive updates again.
Before I explain how to access ESU, I must point out that the following method is not something that Microsoft approves. So, if you decide to use it, it's at your own risk. Before trying to access ESU, it's a good idea to back up your computer data.
The extended security update program is for companies. Microsoft does not intentionally make it available to home users. Therefore, sooner or later Microsoft can cause the following workaround to stop working.
How can I keep Windows 7 updated?
1. Make sure your Windows 7 has received all updates for home users. Check for updates KB4490628. KB4474419, and KB4536952. If not, search for them on this site, download and then install.
2. Register and log in to the forum My Digital Lifeand then go to this post and download the tool that allows you to access ESU from there or directly from the site Gitlab. The password for the archive is 2020.
3. Install the mentioned tool using the file installer.bat.
4. Reboot the system.
5. Run the Windows Update service and check whether the system is already downloading or allows you to download a test update KB4528069. If so, your Windows 7 should receive ESU updates.
Although such a workaround is available, and although it seems to be working so far, I personally encourage you to abandon Windows 7 and reach for the latest Microsoft system – Windows 10. This version of the software offers many new and useful features, and above all has constant support , so it receives updates periodically.