MCSA: Windows 7 certification now LIVE!

Erika Cravens

Yesterday, we released our next certification under our new branding - Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) on Windows 7.

Many of you now have this certification on your transcript and may be wondering what it is and how you earned it.  As part of our efforts to grandfather our existing customers into the new program, we are awarding those individuals that have already passed the approprite Windows 7 exams, the MCSA: Windows 7 certification.

Here are the MCSA: Windows 7 requirements:

MCSA certification


MCSA: Windows 7

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator (Exam 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring and Exam 70-686: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator)


MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (Exam 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring and Exam 70-685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician)






Some questions you may have are

  • When you can I download my certificate?
    • It should be available now if you have the certification on your transcript. 

  • What is happening to the existing MCTS and MCITP certifications on Windows 7?
    • These certifications will remain available to earn until January 31, 2014.  Once they have been earned they will remain on your transcript.

  • Does the MCSA: Windows 7 certification go away on January 31, 2014?
    • No.  The MCSA: Windows 7 certification will remain available after January 31, 2014.

For those that have earned the MCSA: Windows 7 certification, you will be able to earn the new MCSA: Windows 8 certification by taking and passing one exam - exam 689.

Here is the upgrade path to the MCSA: Windows 8 certification.

Current Certification



MCSA: Windows 7

MCSA: Windows 8

Exam 689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8

This exam has not been released yet, check back later this year for more information.

Our web pages are in progress and should be updated with the latest information in the next day.

Lots going on so let me know what questions you have.

Have a great day!

  • Benjamin S
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    Will MCSA:Windows 7 or MCSA:Windows 8 fulfill the base requirements for MCSE certifications?

  • g.kroonder
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    WTH is a "Solutions Associate"? What happended to MCSA being a "Systems Administrator", that was a clear title.

  • Marcel
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    I have the MCSA Windows 7 Certification on my transcript. But when I go into the certificate manager I don't see the MCSA Windows 7 available for download there. What do I need to do to be able to download the certificate as well ?



  • Benjamin S
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    @g.kroonder The new MCSA/MCSE announcement was made here in April.

  • sebastian
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    I have the same issue as Marcel.  I've checked for the past couple of days, but still don't see my MCSA certificate, even though it's on my transcript.

  • Erika Cravens
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    Hi Everyone!

    I am checking on the issue with the certificates.  Hopefully this will be resolved soon and I will let you know as soon as I hear anything.  My apologies for the certificates not showing up.

    As for the question on whether the MCSA: Windows 7 or MCSA: Windows 8 certifications qualify as a pre-requisite for any MCSE certifications, at this time, they do not.  

    On the flip side, if someone takes and passes 70-680 and 70-686 (MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator), they can take the exam 417 to upgrade to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 which is a pre-requisite certification for several MCSEs.

    I will get back to you all soon on the certificate issue and again, my apologies for the issues.

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    Hi everyone - Apologies if you're having trouble downloading your new MCSA: Windows 7 certificate. We're checking to make sure they're all uploaded into the system. Thanks for your patience.

  • Debasish Bahinipati
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    The MCSA: Windows 7 certification is showing in my transscript but I can't find any certificate in the MCP digital certificates download. Could anyone please explain me how to download the MCSA: Windows 7 certicate?

  • Erika Cravens
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    Update on our missing certificates....

    It is a long story that I won't bore you all with, but in essence, the certificates won't be available until Monday next week, the 24th.

    I am hoping I can get them available earlier, but worst case you will see it on the 24th.

    Thanks for your patience and again, apologies for the delay.

  • Erika Cravens
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    Hi All!

    Certificates are now available!  People saw your comments and worked fast, so thank you again for letting us know of the issue!

  • 45511968-f316-4668-9e92-099f64e8d5f3

    I have the 70-680 Windows 7 Certification on my transcript. But I don't see the MCSA Windows 7? What do i need to do to get the MCSA Windows 7?