Every Windows product has a lifecycle.  The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported.  Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software.  Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.

End of Support:

End of Support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical support.  This is the time to make sure you have the latest version update or service pack installed.  Without Microsoft Support, you will no longer receive updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious  software which can steel your personal information.  For for information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Support Lifecycle:


Operating System

Latest Update or Service


End of Mainstream


End of Extended


Windows XP

Service Pack 3

14 April 2009

Ended 8 April 2014

Windows Vista

Service Pack 2

10 April 2012

11 April 2017

Windows 7

Service Pack 1

13 January 2015

14 January 2020

Windows 8

Windows 8.1

9 January 2018

10 January 2023

Windows 10

Released in July 2015


13 October 2020

14 October 2025

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Prior versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, have limited support when running on new processors and chipsets from manufacturers such as Intel, AMD, NVidia and Qualcomm. For more info, please see the Support Lifecycle FAQ.

* Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on 9 April 2013. Make sure that you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 today to continue receiving support and updates.

** Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all the updates that preceded it. A device needs to install the latest update to remain supported. Updates may include new features, fixes (security and/or non-security) or a combination of both. Not all features in an update will work on all devices. A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period. Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator (e.g. for mobile-capable devices) or hardware capabilities (including e.g. free disk space).