How long will my Microsoft Windows operating system be supported?
With 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 System||End of Mainstream Support||End of Extended Support|
|Windows XP||April 14, 2009||April 8, 2014|
|Windows Vista||April 10, 2012||April 11, 2017|
|Windows 7||January 13, 2015||January 14, 2020|
|Windows 8.1||January 9, 2018||January 10, 2023|
|Windows 10||October 13, 2020||October 14, 2025|