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not a lot between the two to be honest at first glance.
For you who use barebones services maybe not :p but I noticed that by default LTSC 2021 (21H2) has more services running by default and more dependencies for features. For example, screen brightness control on latops and night light need more services running in the background than LTSC 2019 (1809).


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unfortunately even for old hardware Win10/11 is almost mandatory.
almost. can you strike lucky with sound cards/usb audio devices which is my thing.
Realteks audio drivers/software are massive so i prefer a usb audio interface.

Here are some usb audio interfaces and usb dac's known to work(factory supported) with 7 and 8.1
Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100, DacMagic 200 maybe
ESI MAYA44 eX PCIe Audio Interface.
Focusrite Scarlett Solo(3rd gen)
Lexicon Alpha - i use this :)
Tascam - nearly all current range are w7/8.1 capable

Anything gaming orientated by Creative and others are practically guaranteed to be w10/11 only.
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Nothing has been confirmed; except for abbodi checking the latest W7 SSU and finding the licensing feature to add 3 more ESU years.
Each year of ESU support (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3) is a separate license key, and the renewal cost jumps every year.

If they followed the same pricing model, the next 3 years of renewal would be astronomical. This would discourage everyone except for those stuck with W7-based software for medical, industrial and military needs. All this is hypothetical, but the code change indicates SOMEONE with a large budget has signaled to MS that they're interested.

Anything is possible if a large partner/client wants to throw FU money around.


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or multiple clients with smaller budgets that are equal to one big effoff client.
strange they dont extend w8.1 which will run on modern hardware.
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