Windows Support Lifecycle

Windows Support Lifecycle

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Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy provides consistent and predictable guidelines for product support availability at the time of product release. Microsoft will offer a minimum of 10 years support (5 years of Mainstream support and 5 years of Extended) at the supported service pack level for Business and Developer products.

Product Name General Availability Mainstream Retirement (1) Extended Retirement (2) Service Pack Level Service Pack Availability Service Pack Retired (3)(4)
Windows 2000 Family 3/31/2000 6/30/2005 7/13/2010 SP3 8/1/2002 6/30/2005
Windows 2000 Family SP4 6/26/2003 7/13/2010
Windows XP 12/31/2001 4/14/2009 4/8/2014 RTM 12/31/2001 9/17/2004
Windows XP SP1 8/30/2002 10/10/2006
Windows XP SP2 9/17/2004 7/13/2010
Windows XP SP3 4/21/2008 Review Note (4)
Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition 4/24/2005 4/14/2009 4/8/2014 RTM 4/24/2005 4/14/2009
Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition SP2 3/13/2007 Review Note (4)
Windows Vista 1/25/2007 4/10/2012 4/11/2017 RTM 1/25/2007 4/13/2010
Windows Vista SP1 2/4/2008 7/12/2011
Windows Vista SP2 5/26/2009 Review Note (4)
Windows 7 10/22/2009 1/13/2015 1/14/2020 RTM 10/22/2009 4/9/2013
Windows 7 SP1 2/22/2011 Review Note (4)
Windows 8 10/26/2012 1/9/2018 1/10/2023 RTM 10/26/2012 1/12/2016
Windows 8.1 11/13/2013 8.1 11/13/2013 Review Note (4)
Surface Pro 5/10/2013 7/10/2017 n/a RTM 5/10/2013 n/a
Surface Pro 2 1/20/2014 4/10/2018 n/a RTM 1/20/2014 n/a
Windows Server 2003 5/28/2003 7/13/2010 7/14/2015 RTM 5/28/2003 4/10/2007
Windows Server 2003 SP1 3/30/2005 4/14/2009
Windows Server 2003 SP2 3/13/2007 Review Note (4)
Windows Server 2003 R2 3/5/2006 RTM 3/5/2006 4/14/2009
Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 3/13/2007 Review Note (4)
Windows Server 2008 5/6/2008 1/13/2015 1/14/2020 SP1 5/6/2008 7/12/2011
Windows Server 2008 SP2 5/26/2009 Review Note (4)
Windows Server 2008 R2 10/22/2009 RTM 10/22/2009 4/9/2013
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 2/22/2011 Review Note (4)
Windows Server 2012 10/30/2012 1/9/2018 1/10/2023 RTM 10/30/2012 Review Note (4)
Windows Server 2012 R2 11/25/2013 RTM 11/25/2013 Review Note (4)
Windows XP Embedded 1/30/2002 1/11/2011 1/12/2016 RTM 1/30/2002 10/22/2004
Windows XP Embedded SP1 10/22/2002 4/10/2007
Windows XP Embedded SP2 1/18/2005 1/11/2011
Windows XP Embedded SP3 11/14/2008 Review Note (4)
Windows Embedded Standard 12/14/2008 1/14/2014 1/8/2019 RTM 12/14/2008 Review Note (4)
Windows Embedded Standard 7 7/29/2010 10/13/2015 10/13/2020 RTM 7/29/2010 4/9/2013
Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 2/28/2011 Review Note (4)
Windows Embedded for Point of Service 6/6/2005 4/12/2011 4/12/2016 RTM 6/6/2005 10/12/2010
Windows Embedded for Point of Service SP3 10/7/2008 Review Note (4)
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 3/10/2009 4/8/2014 4/9/2019 RTM 3/10/2009 Review Note (4)
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 9/10/2011 10/11/2016 10/12/2021 RTM 9/10/2011 Review Note (4)
Windows CE 4.2 6/1/2003 7/8/2008 7/9/2013 RTM 6/1/2003 Review Note (4)
Windows CE 5.0 8/31/2004 10/13/2009 10/14/2014 RTM 8/31/2004 Review Note (4)
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 11/30/2006 4/9/2013 4/10/2018 RTM 11/30/2006 Review Note (4)
Windows Embedded Compact 7 3/15/2011 4/12/2016 4/13/2021 RTM 3/15/2011 Review Note (4)
Windows Mobile 6.0 12/5/2007 1/8/2013 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Windows Mobile 6.1 7/1/2008 n/a n/a n/a
Windows Mobile 6.5 9/11/2009 n/a n/a n/a
Windows Phone 7.8 2/9/2013 9/9/2014 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Windows Phone 8 12/14/2012 1/12/2016 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Software Update Services 1.0 8/26/2005 n/a 7/10/2007 SP1 8/26/2005 7/10/2007
Windows Server Update Services 2.0 3/22/2005 n/a 4/30/2009 RTM 3/22/2005 ENDED
Windows Server Update Services 2.0 SP1 5/31/2006 4/30/2009
Windows Server Update Services 3.0 4/30/2007 n/a n/a RTM 4/30/2007 4/17/2009
Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 4/17/2008 10/12/2010
Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 8/25/2009 Review Note (3)
Windows Server Update Services for Windows Server 2012 10/30/2012 1/9/2018 1/10/2023 RTM 10/30/2012 Review Note (3)
(1)  Mainstream support will end 5 years after the general availability date or 2 years after the next version of the product is released, whichever period is longer.
(2)  Extended support will end five years after mainstream support ends.
(3)  Support ends either 12 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first.
(4)  Support ends either 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first.