Prerequisites for ESU Licenses for Windows 7 Embedded

Microsoft is ending support of the Windows 7 operating system (OS) in 2020. For instruments and systems running Windows 7, an extended security update (ESU) license enables the system to continue to receive Windows 7 security updates beyond the support date. The process to prepare for, and receive, a Windows 7 ESU license is different for Windows 7 Embedded vs. Windows 7 Professional. Before you begin, make sure you know which version of Windows 7 your systems are running.

Which systems need the Windows 7 Embedded ESU license?

NextSeq, MiniSeq, MiSeq, HiSeq, and iScan systems running Windows 7 Embedded need to install the ESU license and patches annually (in October, for the year). If you want to check the operating system version, see the Microsoft article: Which version of Windows operating system am I running?

For more information about which Illumina systems can use Windows 7 Embedded ESU licenses, see the Illumina Windows 10 Upgrades page.

Preparing for the ESU license

Complete the following steps before installing and activating ESU licenses.

  1. Make sure that the system is not sequencing or uploading data.
  2. Close the instrument control software.
  3. Download both of the following updates, saving the files to the desktop:
  4. Download the following SSU and monthly rollup, saving the files to the desktop:
  5. Set Windows Updates to Manual, to enable Windows to install security updates:
    1. Select the Windows Logo and type Services into the search box.
    2. Select Services.
    3. In the services list, select Windows Update.
    4. On the General tab, in the Startup type field, select Manual.
    5. Select Start and verify that the Service status is Started.
    6. Select OK.
  6. Install each update, in order, by running the install file from your desktop.
  7. Set Windows Updates to Disabled, to prevent automatic updates:
    1. Select the Windows Logo and type Services into the search box.
    2. Select Services.
    3. In the services list, select Windows Update.
    4. On the General tab, in the Startup type field, select Disabled.
    5. Select OK.
  8. Reboot the system.

Getting a Windows 7 Embedded ESU license key

After the updates listed above have been installed, use the online tool to receive a license key.

When you receive the license key, follow the instructions to activate the license.