Windows Lifecycle (End of Life)

May 25, 2023

The Windows operating system, created by Microsoft, is one of the most common operating systems we see today in computers, as well as servers. Microsoft has rolled out different versions (and editions) of the Windows OS over the years, adding improvement with each.

The Windows OS is designed for both regular consumers (clients) and organizations (servers). The client version of Windows is Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, 8, 10, and so on, whereas the server versions are Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, and so on.

Like all software and operating systems, the Windows OS also has a defined EOL, after which it stops receiving any further updates. However, Microsoft may occasionally choose to support certain editions of a certain version of Windows, while disregarding the other editions.

See which Windows versions are currently supported down below.

Support status guide

End of life (EOL) is the end of a product’s useful life. When a product reaches the end of its life cycle, the manufacturer no longer supports it. The following table explains the different phases of a product’s lifecycle. Testing status is when the product is initially released and EOL is when product support is no longer offered. The time between these two points is the support timeframe.

Testing

The software is not yet publicly available. It is in testing phase i.e., alpha, beta, release preview etc.

Active

The software is actively supported by the vendor.

Phasing Out

The software will soon reach its end of life. You need to look for upgrade or migration options. The software will automatically go into phasing out status 2 months before end of life.

End Of Life

The software is no longer supported by the vendor. You need to make sure your system and environment are safe.

Version

Released

Active Support

Extended Support

6 months and 2 weeks ago
(31 October 2023)
Ends in 2 years and 5 months
(10 November 2026)
Ends in 2 years and 5 months
(10 November 2026)
6 months and 2 weeks ago
(31 October 2023)
Ends in 1 year and 5 months
(11 November 2025)
Ends in 1 year and 5 months
(11 November 2025)
1 year and 7 months ago
(20 September 2022)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(14 October 2025)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(14 October 2025)
2 years and 7 months ago
(4 October 2021)
Ends in 4 months and 3 weeks
(8 October 2024)
Ended 7 months and 6 days ago
(10 October 2023)
1 year and 7 months ago
(20 September 2022)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(14 October 2025)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(14 October 2025)

Version

Released

Active Support

Extended Support

1 year and 6 months ago
(18 October 2022)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(14 October 2025)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(14 October 2025)
2 years and 6 months ago
(16 November 2021)
Ended 11 months and 3 days ago
(13 June 2023)
Ends in 3 weeks and 4 days
(11 June 2024)
3 years and 6 months ago
(20 October 2020)
Ended 1 year and 1 week ago
(9 May 2023)
Ended 1 year and 1 week ago
(9 May 2023)
3 years and 11 months ago
(27 May 2020)
Ended 2 years and 5 months ago
(14 December 2021)
Ended 2 years and 5 months ago
(14 December 2021)
4 years and 6 months ago
(12 November 2019)
Ended 3 years and 6 days ago
(10 May 2021)
Ended 3 years and 6 days ago
(10 May 2021)
4 years and 8 months ago
(29 August 2019)
Ended 3 years and 5 months ago
(8 December 2020)
Ended 3 years and 5 months ago
(8 December 2020)
5 years and 6 months ago
(13 November 2018)
Ended 3 years and 6 months ago
(10 November 2020)
Ended 3 years and 6 months ago
(10 November 2020)
6 years and 2 weeks ago
(30 April 2018)
Ended 3 years and 7 months ago
(13 October 2020)
Ended 3 years and 7 months ago
(13 October 2020)
6 years and 6 months ago
(17 October 2017)
Ended 3 years and 7 months ago
(13 October 2020)
Ended 3 years and 7 months ago
(13 October 2020)
7 years and 1 month ago
(11 April 2017)
Ended 4 years and 7 months ago
(8 October 2019)
Ended 4 years and 7 months ago
(8 October 2019)
7 years and 9 months ago
(2 August 2016)
Ended 2 years and 7 months ago
(12 October 2021)
Ends in 4 years and 7 months
(9 January 2029)
7 years and 9 months ago
(2 August 2016)
Ended 5 years and 1 month ago
(9 April 2019)
Ended 5 years and 1 month ago
(9 April 2019)
8 years and 6 months ago
(10 November 2015)
Ended 6 years and 7 months ago
(10 October 2017)
Ended 6 years and 7 months ago
(10 October 2017)
8 years and 9 months ago
(29 July 2015)
Ended 3 years and 7 months ago
(13 October 2020)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(14 October 2025)
8 years and 9 months ago
(29 July 2015)
Ended 7 years and 1 week ago
(9 May 2017)
Ended 7 years and 1 week ago
(9 May 2017)
8 years and 9 months ago
(29 July 2015)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(14 October 2025)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(14 October 2025)

Earlier Windows

Version

Released

Active Support

Extended Support

Windows 8.1
10 years and 6 months ago
(13 November 2013)
Ended 6 years and 4 months ago
(9 January 2018)
Ended 6 years and 4 months ago
(9 January 2018)
Windows 8
11 years and 6 months ago
(30 October 2012)
Ended 8 years and 4 months ago
(12 January 2016)
Ended 8 years and 4 months ago
(12 January 2016)
14 years and 7 months ago
(12 October 2009)
Ended 9 years and 4 months ago
(14 January 2015)
Ended 4 years and 4 months ago
(14 January 2020)
Windows Vista
17 years and 3 months ago
(25 January 2007)
Ended 12 years and 1 month ago
(10 April 2012)
Ended 7 years and 1 month ago
(11 April 2017)
Windows XP
22 years and 6 months ago
(25 October 2001)
Ended 15 years and 1 month ago
(14 April 2009)
Ended 10 years and 1 month ago
(8 April 2014)

Version

Released

Active Support

Extended Support

Windows Server 23H2
6 months and 3 weeks ago
(24 October 2023)
Ends in 11 months and 1 week
(24 April 2025)
Ends in 1 year and 5 months
(24 October 2025)
2 years and 8 months ago
(18 August 2021)
Ends in 2 years and 4 months
(13 October 2026)
Ends in 7 years and 4 months
(14 October 2031)
5 years and 6 months ago
(13 November 2018)
Ended 4 months and 1 week ago
(9 January 2024)
Ends in 4 years and 7 months
(9 January 2029)
7 years and 7 months ago
(16 October 2016)
Ended 2 years and 4 months ago
(11 January 2022)
Ends in 2 years and 7 months
(12 January 2027)
10 years and 6 months ago
(13 November 2013)
Ended 5 years and 7 months ago
(9 October 2018)
Ends in 2 years and 4 months
(13 October 2026)
Windows Server 2008
16 years and 1 week ago
(6 May 2008)
Ended 9 years and 4 months ago
(13 January 2015)
Ended 4 years and 4 months ago
(14 January 2020)
Windows Server 2003
20 years and 11 months ago
(28 May 2003)
Ended 13 years and 10 months ago
(13 July 2010)
Ended 8 years and 10 months ago
(14 July 2015)
Windows Server 2000
24 years and 2 months ago
(17 February 2000)
Ended 18 years and 10 months ago
(30 June 2005)
Ended 13 years and 10 months ago
(13 July 2010)