Expiry (support) dates for Microsoft Windows

Windows 7 with no service pack – support dies April 9, 2013
Windows 7 with service pack 1 – support dies 2 years after service pack 2 is released
Windows 7 – mainstream support dies January 13, 2015 and extended support (for Professional and Enterprise only) dies January 14, 2020.

Note: Windows 7 Professional & Enterprise support is supported until January 14, 2020. All other editions will lose technical support on January 13, 2015 (longer if the OEM warranty is still valid) but can continue to install updates Microsoft provides. The exception will be security updates which has support for all.

Windows Vista with no service pack or service pack 1 – support died already
Windows Vista with service pack 2 – mainstream support dies April 10, 2012 and extended support (for Business and Enterprise only) dies April 11, 2017.

Note: Windows Vista Business & Enterprise support is supported until April 11, 2017. All other editions will lose technical support on April 10, 2012 (longer if the OEM warranty is still valid) but can continue to install updates Microsoft provides. The exception will be security updates which has support for all.

Windows XP with no service pack, service pack 1 or service pack – support has died
Windows XP with service pack 3 – mainstream support died April 14, 2009 and extended support (for Professional and Enterprise only) dies April 8, 2014.

Note: Windows XP Professional & Enterprise support is supported until April 8, 2014. All other editions lost technical support on April 14, 2009 (longer if the OEM warranty is still valid) but can continue to install updates Microsoft provides. The exception will be security updates which has support for all.

Note: Technical support would be for contacting Microsoft for one on one support. Newsgroups, forums, and other communication provided by Microsoft but not directly supported by Microsoft (i.e. you are not contacting Microsoft directly) will continue. When within mainstream support (within the first five years – except Windows XP), Microsoft offers full support including security and non security updates and service packs plus full version upgrades to Internet Explorer, Windows Live Mail, Microsoft Security Essentials, etc. After mainstream ends, Microsoft provides only security updates and the rare non-security update. You can continue to use anything that was released within the mainstream period but the only updates will most likely be security updates. Anything released during the mainstream support period will still be available on their web site.

Support for components that came with Windows (such as Internet Explorer) or added during the mainstream support period (such as Microsoft Security Essentials) follow the support of the operating system. As example, Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 will be supported for Windows XP until extended support dies on April 8, 2014.

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