Windows Vista End of support, Windows 7 end of life, Windows 8 EOL, Windows 10 end of life

End of support
Client operating systems Latest update or service pack End of extended support

windows XL , April 17, 2009
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 April 11, 2017
Windows 7 * Service Pack 1 January 14, 2020
Windows 8 Windows 8.1 January 10, 2023
Windows 10 ** See Available Updates October 14, 2025

 

 

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.

End of support


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

 Client operating systems  Latest update or service pack  End of mainstream support  End of extended support
Windows Vista  Service Pack 2 April 10, 2012 April 11, 2017
Windows 7 * Service Pack 1 January 13, 2015 January 14, 2020
Windows 8  Windows 8.1 January 9, 2018 January 10, 2023
Windows 10 ** See Available Updates October 13, 2020 October 14, 2025

Prior versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, have limited support when running on new processors and chipsets from manufacturers like Intel, AMD, NVidia, and Qualcomm. For more information, please see the Microsoft Lifecycle FAQ. A device may not be able to run prior versions of Windows if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period.

* Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on April 9, 2013. Be sure to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 today to continue to receive support and updates.
** Applies to Windows 10 Home, Pro, Education and Enterprise editions. Windows 10 Mobile and Mobile Enterprise editions have no extended support period. All Windows 10 editions are managed via the Windows as a Service (WaaS) model: Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of 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 of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period. Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator (e.g., for cellular-capable devices), or hardware capabilities (including, e.g., free disk space). For more information, see the Microsoft Lifecycle FAQ. For the latest on Windows 10 releases, see Windows 10 release information.

End of support: questions and answers

End of sales


End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMS are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software.

This table gives end-of-sales dates for specific Windows operating systems.

Client operating systems and updates Date of general availability Retail software end of sales* End of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled
Windows Vista January 30, 2007 October 22, 2010 October 22, 2011
Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate October 22, 2009 October 31, 2013 October 31, 2014
Windows 7 Professional October 22, 2009 October 31, 2013 October 31, 2016
Windows 8 October 26, 2012 October 31, 2014 June 30, 2016
Windows 8.1 October 18, 2013 September 1, 2015 October 31, 2016
Windows 10 ** July 29, 2015 N/A N/A
* Note that when the retail software product reaches its end of sales date, it can still be purchased through OEMs (the company that made your PC) until it reaches the end of sales date for PCs with Windows preinstalled.
** Applies to Windows 10 Home, Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions.

End of sales: questions and answers

Updates and service packs


Windows 10: Windows 10 was designed as a service, whereby feature updates are required a couple times a year. For most consumers, both quality and feature updates are delivered automatically according to their Windows Update settings.

Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8: Service packs and updates are part of the process of keeping Windows 7 and Windows 8 up to date. Service packs combine the latest updates and fixes into one package or download. A service pack can include security and performance improvements as well as support for new types of hardware. To install the latest service pack for Windows 7, or to install the latest update for Windows 8, visit the Service Pack Center.

Desktop operating systems Date of availability End of support
Windows Vista SP1 February 4, 2008 July 12, 2011
Windows Vista SP2 May 26, 2009 April 11, 2017
Windows 7 SP1 February 22, 2011 January 14, 2020
Windows 8.1 October 18, 2013 N/A
Windows 10 version 1507 ** July 29, 2015 May 9, 2017
Windows 10 version 1511 ** November 10, 2015 October 10, 2017
Windows 10 version 1607 ** August 2, 2016 Tentatively March 2018
Windows 10 version 1703 ** April 5, 2017 Tentatively September 2018
Windows 10 version 1709** October 17, 2017 Tentatively March 2019
** Applies to Windows 10 Home, Pro, Education and Enterprise editions. Windows 10 Mobile and Mobile Enterprise editions have no extended support period. All Windows 10 editions are managed via the Windows as a Service (WaaS) model: Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of 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 of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period. Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator (e.g., for cellular-capable devices), or hardware capabilities (including, e.g., free disk space). For more information, see the Microsoft Lifecycle FAQ. For the latest on Windows 10 releases, see Windows 10 release information.

Updates and service packs: questions and answers

Windows downgrade rights


To use prior versions of Windows software on PCs installed with newer versions, it is possible for consumers to obtain a license for downgrade rights. These downgrade rights will vary depending on if the software was acquired via Volume Licensing, OEM, or FPP. To learn more about these rights, review the downgrade rights licensing brief. Prior versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, have limited support when running on new processors and chipsets from manufacturers like Intel, AMD, NVidia, and Qualcomm. For more information, please see the Microsoft Lifecycle FAQ. A device may not be able to run prior versions of Windows if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period.