Microsoft Extends Support Lifecycle for Windows 7 and Vista

If you're a seasoned Windows user, you probably know how support for the OS works. That is, consumers can expect five years of support for each version while businesses are offered a further five years on top of that. However, Microsoft this past weekend confirmed a change to its support policy that will see all users upgraded to the 10-year support cycle previously only afforded to commercial users.

The change was first spotted by a ZDNet reader who pointed out that Micrsoft had revised its policy and a quick search on the company's Support Lifecycle page yields new results for both Windows Vista and Windows 7 that include Extended Support end dates for the consumer versions of both. ZDNet reached out to Microsoft for confirmation on the issue and Redmond responded that yes, it had made a change to its support policy. The company further detailed that users will need to be on the most current supported service pack in order to be eligible for Mainstream or Extended Support.

"Microsoft is updating the Support Lifecycle policy for Windows desktop operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7," the company said in its statement.

"The update will provide a more consistent and predictable experience for customers using Microsoft Windows operating systems across OEM, consumer and business editions.

Microsoft still requires that customers have the most current Service Pack installed in order to continue to receive updates.

Through this update, customers who remain on the most current supported service pack will be eligible to receive both Mainstream and Extended Support, for a total of 10 years."

Prior to this change in policy, Mainstream Support for Windows Vista would have run out in April of this year. Support for all users has now been extended through to 2017. Windows 7 was originally looking at a Mainstream Support end-date of 2015. All users can now expect support to last through to 2020. Extended Support for Windows XP, which is still used by many businesses, is scheduled to end in 2014.

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  • doive1231
    Just imagine supporting no-one. That is Microsoft Vista.
  • een54
    doive1231Just imagine supporting no-one. That is Microsoft Vista.

    Vista is still widely used.

    Jump off the bandwagon of Vista bashing, mr flamesheep.
  • jrtolson
    so the majority of people are still using Xp? i duel boot both win7 and xp, but i prefer xp, what microsoft should do imho, is release Windows xp final edition and support that for 10 years, and include a way of making direct x 11.1 work on xp..

    i only have win 7 to play certain dx10+ games, windows vista and 7 are just too cluky to use for anything else...

    in win7 gdi+ accelleration is non existent (i use win classic theme, i hate aero), open gl is sluggish (3d rendering apps), no game port support, limited driver support, (my web cam not work).. clunky flash ie youtube freezes when scrolling and playing at same time in a browser, and full screen hd is jerky.. ontop of that it devours RAM.. OH TIMEOUT DETECTION ERRORS IN GAMES SUCK...

    windows xp on the other hand works perfect in every way...