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This page lists and links to information on the various versions of Microsoft Windows, a major computer operating system developed by Microsoft.

Personal computer versions[change | change source]

In this section, a client version of Windows is a version that end-users or OEMs can install on personal computers, including desktop computers, laptops and workstations.

Windows version Codenames Release date Release version Latest build Support status
Paramount Video System Bugs Bunny Video System November 13, 2018 5.0
  • Mainstream support until January 9, 2024
  • Extended support until January 9, 2029
Windows 10.1 Redstone June 11, 2017 NT 9.99
  • Mainstream support until January 9, 2024
  • Extended support until January 9, 2029
Windows 10 Redstone July 29, 2015 NT 9.98[1] 17134.320

1803 (May 2018 Update)

17763.134

1809 (Oct 2018 Update)

  • All editions except LTSB: Mainstream support until October 13, 2020; Extended support until October 14, 2025
  • 2015 LTSB: Mainstream support until October 13, 2020; Extended support until October 14, 2025
  • 2016 LTSB: Mainstream support until October 12, 2021; Extended support until October 13, 2026
Windows 8.1 Blue October 17, 2013 NT 6.3 9600

(April 8 update)

  • Mainstream support ended on January 9, 2018
  • Extended support until January 10, 2023
Windows 8 Blue October 26, 2012 NT 6.2 9200
  • Unsupported as of January 12, 2016
Windows 7 Blackcomb, Vienna July 22, 2009 NT 6.1 7601

(Service Pack 1)

  • Mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015
  • Extended support for Home users ends on January 14, 2020
  • Extended Support for Professional and Enterprise users ends on January 10, 2023
Windows Vista Longhorn January 30, 2007 NT 6.0 6002

(Service Pack 2)

  • Mainstream support ended on April 10, 2012
  • Extended support ended on April 11, 2017
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition N/A April 25, 2005 NT 5.2 3790

(Service Pack 2)

  • Mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009
  • Extended support ended on April 8, 2014
Windows XP Whistler October 25, 2001 NT 5.1 2600

(Service Pack 3)

  • Mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009
  • Extended support ended on April 8, 2014
Windows ME Millennium September 14, 2000 4.90 3000
  • Mainstream support ended on December 31, 2003
  • Extended support ended on July 11, 2006
Windows 2000 Neptune February 17, 2000 NT 5.0 2195
  • Mainstream support ended on June 30, 2005
  • Extended support ended on July 13, 2010
Windows 98 Memphis June 25, 1998 4.10 2222 A
  • Mainstream support ended on June 30, 2002
  • Extended support ended on July 11, 2006
Windows NT 4.0 Shell Update Release, Cairo August 24, 1996 NT 4.0 1381

(Service Pack 6a)

  • Mainstream support ended on June 30, 2002
  • Extended support ended on June 30, 2004
Windows 95 Chicago August 24, 1995 4.00 950
  • Mainstream support ended on December 31, 2000
  • Extended support ended on December 31, 2001
Windows NT 3.51 Unknown May 30, 1995 NT 3.51 1057
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 2001
Windows NT 3.5 Daytona September 21, 1994 NT 3.50 807
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 2001
Windows 3.2 Unknown November 22, 1993 3.2 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 2001
Windows for Workgroups 3.11 Snowball November 1993 3.11 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 2001
Windows NT 3.1 Unknown July 27, 1993 NT 3.10 528
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 2000
Windows 3.1 Janus April 1992 3.10 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 2001
Windows 3.0 N/A May 22, 1990 3.00 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 2001
Windows 2.11 N/A March 13, 1989 2.11 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 1997
Windows 2.10 N/A May 27, 1988 2.10 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 1997
Windows 2.03 N/A December 9, 1987 2.03 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 1996
Windows 1.04 N/A April 1987 1.04 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 1995
Windows 1.03 N/A August 1986 1.03 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 1995
Windows 1.02 N/A May 1986 1.02 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 1995
Windows 1.01 N/A November 20, 1985 1.0 N/A
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 1995

Server versions[change | change source]

Name Release Date Release Version Number Editions Latest Build Status support
Windows Server 2019 November 13, 2018 NT 10.0
  • Windows Server 2019 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2019 Standard
  • Windows Server 2019 Datacenter
17763
  • Mainstream support until January 9, 2024
  • Extended support until January 9, 2029
Windows Server 2016 October 12, 2016 NT 10.0 [2]
  • Windows Server 2016 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
17134 (Version 1803)
  • Mainstream support ends on January 11, 2022
  • Extended support ends on January 12, 2027
Windows Server 2012 R2 October 17, 2013 NT 6.3
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
9600
  • Mainstream support ended on October 9, 2018
  • Extended support ends on October 10, 2023
Windows Server 2012 September 4, 2012 NT 6.2
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Windows MultiPoint Server 2012
9200
  • Mainstream support ended on October 9, 2018
  • Extended support ends on October 10, 2023
Windows Server 2008 R2 October 22, 2009 NT 6.1 7601
  • Mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015
  • Extended support ends on January 14, 2020
Windows Server 2008 February 27, 2008 NT 6.0 6002
  • Mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015
  • Extended support ends on January 14, 2020
Windows Server 2003 R2 December 6, 2005 NT 5.2
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Web Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition
  • Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 (CCS)
  • Windows Storage Server
  • Windows Home Server
  • Mainstream support ended on July 13, 2010
  • Extended support ended on July 14, 2015
Windows Server 2003 April 24, 2003 NT 5.2
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
  • Windows Storage Server
  • Mainstream support ended on July 13, 2010
  • Extended support ended on July 14, 2015
Windows 2000 February 17, 2000 NT 5.0
  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
5.0.2195
  • Mainstream support ended on June 30, 2005
  • Extended support ended on July 13, 2010
Windows NT 4.0 July 29, 1996 NT 4.0
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise
  • Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Actimates
1381
  • Mainstream support ended on December 31, 2002
  • Extended support ended on December 31, 2004
Windows NT 3.51 June 1995 NT 3.51 Windows NT 3.51 Server 1057
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 2001
Windows NT 3.5 September 1994 NT 3.50 Windows NT 3.5 Server 3.5.807
  • Unsupported as of December 31, 2001

Device versions[change | change source]

Appliances[change | change source]

Name Release
date
Release
version
An edition of Sold with
Windows RT 8.1 October 18, 2013 NT 6.3 Windows 8.1 ARM-based tablet computers
Windows RT October 26, 2012 NT 6.2 Windows 8 ARM-based tablet computers
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition November 2002 NT 5.1 Windows XP Microsoft Tablet PC
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 NT 5.1/NT 5.2 Windows XP Home theater PCs, network attached storage (NAS) and set-top boxes

Mobile devices[change | change source]

Mobile devices include smartphones, handheld tablet computers and personal digital assistants

Embedded devices[change | change source]

Cancelled versions[change | change source]

  • Windows Odyssey – a version intended to be an update to the Microsoft Windows NT 5.x codebase. The teams working on Neptune and Odyssey combined to work on Windows XP.
  • Windows Mobile 7 or Photon - originally a successor of Windows Mobile, it had been scrapped for Windows Phone 7 with Metro UI.[3][4]
  • Windows Neptune (December 27, 1999) – the first planned version of Microsoft Windows NT to have a consumer edition variant, based on the Windows 2000 codebase. A version was sent out to testers but was never released.[5]
  • Cairo (operating system) (Windows NT 4.0 (February 29, 1996) – a "true object-oriented OS", planned after Windows NT 4.0.
  • Windows Nashville (May 2, 1996) – also known as Windows 96
  • Windows Longhorn – (August 19, 2004) – Planned to be after XP but was eventually scrapped and became Windows Vista.
  • Bugs Bunny Video System (July 9, 2018) – Planned to be after 10.1 but was eventually scrapped and became Paramount Video System.


Timeline[change | change source]

A family tree of operating systems created by Microsoft. This time line is neither complete nor comprehensive. For example, Windows Server and Windows Embedded families are left out.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Thurrott, Paul (November 22, 2014). "Microsoft Confirms that Windows 10 will also be Version 10 Internally". SuperSite for Windows. Penton Media.
  2. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/sysinfo/operating-system-version
  3. "Windows Mobile 7 vs Windows Phone 7". Popular Pages at brighthub.com. May 20, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  4. "Revealed: Original Windows Mobile 7 UI". news at neowin.net. February 20, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. "Microsoft combines Neptune, Odyssey into Whistler". CNN. January 27, 2000. Archived from the original on September 1, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2010. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)

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