How long will my Microsoft Windows operating system be supported?

Windows operating system software 7With all released Microsoft software, including the Windows operating system, there is an official end date to when it is no longer supported. Microsoft breaks down the dates by “mainstream support” and “extended support”.

What is the difference between “mainstream support” and “extended support”?

“Mainstream support” means that
1) Microsoft will continue to enhance and add new features to the operating system.
2) there will be Windows updates, security updates and hotfixes to the system.
3) warranty claims are valid.

“Extended support” means that
1) Microsoft will not continue to enhance and add new feature to the operating system.
2) there will be Windows updates, security updates and hotfixes available but problems will only be fixed with a purchased support agreement.
3) warranty claims are no longer available.

There will be no support for the product after the extended support end date. The product will be deemed obsolete. It is useful to note that each computer manufacturer may have their own support end date that varies from Microsoft’s official date.

Here are the official end dates for the Operating Systems:

Operating SystemEnd of Mainstream SupportEnd of Extended Support
Windows XPApril 14, 2009April 8, 2014
Windows VistaApril 10, 2012April 11, 2017
Windows 7January 13, 2015January 14, 2020
Windows 8.1January 9, 2018January 10, 2023
Windows 10October 13, 2020October 14, 2025

Ref [http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle]

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