Windows 7 Support Lifecycle – January 13th 2015 – Mainstream Support Retired

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 August 2009 09:44 Written by Mire_B Saturday, 15 August 2009 09:44

Since Windows 7 has been released to manufacturing on July 22nd, 2009, it’s only fair to start talking about just how much the operating system will live. And the answer is at least six years. Microsoft has committed to support Windows 7 until January 2015. It will be on January 13th, 2015 that the company plans to discontinue Mainstream Support for Windows 7.


This means that as Windows 7 was released approximately three years after Windows Vista, it will also benefit from an additional three years of support, after support for Vista ends on April 10, 2012. But still, some Windows Vista editions will outlive Windows 7. Vista Enterprise is one example. Extended Support for Vista Enterprise will be retired on April 11, 2017.


Microsoft announced only the end date for Mainstream Support, and did not provide deadlines for the end of life of the Home Basic and Home Premium N SKUs. This could point to the fact that the January 13th, 2009 could be just a preliminary support lifecycle end date, and that additional information will be offered. Certainly select Windows 7 editions, hint: Enterprise, will also benefit from Extended Support.


Below are the dates at which mainstream support for all Windows 7 editions will end:

Windows 7 Enterprise – 1/13/2015           

Windows 7 Professional N – 1/13/2015  

Windows 7 Home Basic – no information offered

Windows 7 Home Premium – 1/13/2015

Windows 7 Home Premium N – no information offered

Windows 7 Professional – 1/13/2015       

Windows 7 Starter – 1/13/2015  

Windows 7 Starter N – 1/13/2015             

Windows 7 Ultimate – 1/13/2015              

Windows 7 Ultimate N – 1/13/2015