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Microsoft Windows is a series of operating systems created by Microsoft. The first version was released on November 20, 1985. Currently, Windows 10 is one of the most popular operating systems around the world.

Because of its heavy usage around the world, and since pretty much everyone knows how to use it, Windows is a popular choice for use with hosting a VM on CollabVM.

Versions

Keep in mind that this list is sorted chronologically and not by codebase as you would expect. You can fix that by clicking the sort button on the "Codebase" column.





List of Windows versions
Version Type GA [1] End of support Codebase Architectures Codename Notes
Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png Windows 1.01 Consumer 11/20/1985 12/31/2001 1.x/2.x 16-bit Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png Interface Manager The very first Windows release. Longest supported version of Windows at 16 years.
Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png Windows 1.02 Consumer 05/14/1986 12/31/2001 1.x/2.x 16-bit Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png None Adds international keyboards
Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png Windows 1.03 Consumer 08/21/1986 12/31/2001 1.x/2.x 16-bit Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png None Updates some programs
Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png Windows 1.04 Consumer 04/10/1987 12/31/2001 1.x/2.x 16-bit Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png None Minor changes and bug fixes. First version to support VGA and PS/2 Mouse. Template:Shititation needed
Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png Windows 2.03 Consumer 12/09/1987 12/31/2001 1.x/2.x 16-bit Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png None First version to have tiled windows. Last version to run off a floppy.
Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png Windows 2.1 Consumer 05/27/1988 12/31/2001 1.x/2.x 16-bit Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png None Designed to take advantage of Intel HMA
Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png Windows 2.11 Consumer 03/13/1989 12/31/2001 1.x/2.x 16-bit Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png None First version to add support for AppleTalk, as well as some minor changes to memory management and updates to the printing stack.
Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png Windows 3.0 Consumer 05/22/1990 12/31/2001 3.x 16-bit Windows Logo 1 to 3-0.png None First widely-used version of Windows, sound support could be added thru the MME upgrade.
Windows Logo 3-1.png Windows 3.1 Consumer 04/06/1992 12/31/2001 3.x 16-bit Windows Logo 3-1.png Janus First version to be distributed on CD-ROM (Template:Shititation needed), sound support was included in this release.
Windows Logo 3-1.png Windows NT 3.1 Business 07/27/1993 12/31/2000 NT x86, Alpha, MIPS Windows Logo 3-1.png Razzle First version of Windows NT.
Windows Logo 3-1.png Windows Cairo Business Unreleased Unreleased NT x86 Windows Logo 3-1.png Cairo Unreleased version of Windows with a early Windows NT 4.0 Explorer.
Windows Logo 3-1.png Windows 3.11 Consumer 11/08/1993 12/31/2001 3.x 16-bit Windows Logo 3-1.png None No comment.
Windows Logo 3-1.png Windows 3.2 Consumer (China) 11/22/1993 12/31/2001 3.x 16-bit Windows Logo 3-1.png None Only in Simplified Chinese. Final version of Windows to be 16-bit.
Windows Logo 3-1.png Windows NT 3.5 Business 09/21/1994 12/31/2001 NT x86, Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC Windows Logo 3-1.png Daytona Another version of Windows with a early Windows NT 4.0 Explorer. This time you get it with the NewShell update.
Windows Logo 3-1.png Windows NT 3.51 Business 05/30/1995 12/31/2001 NT x86, Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC Windows Logo 3-1.png Daytona Final version of Windows to include a 3.1-style GUI.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows 95 Consumer 08/24/1995 12/31/2001 9x 16-bit/x86 Windows Logo 3-1.png Chicago First version to include the taskbar, start menu, and Explorer.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows 96 Consumer Unreleased Unreleased 9x 16-bit/x86 Windows Logo 95-ME.png Nashville This is the unreleased version of Windows that first introduced IE Shell integration.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows NT 4.0 Business 08/24/1996 06/30/2004 NT x86, Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC Windows Logo 3-1.png Shell Update Release Final version of Windows to support MIPS, PowerPC, and Alpha. MIPS and PowerPC were dropped early on.
Windows Logo CE.png Windows CE 1.0 Embedded 11/16/1996 12/31/2001 CE x86, ARM, MIPS, SuperH Windows Logo CE.png Pegasus, Alder Possibly the first Windows Phone entry. It's a portable PC and it also powered the Sega Dreamcast.
Windows Logo CE.png Windows CE 2.0 Embedded 09/29/1997 09/30/2005 CE x86, ARM, MIPS, SuperH Windows Logo CE.png Jupiter, Birch Another Windows Phone release, but it has a Windows 98 style UI.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows 98 Consumer 06/25/1998 07/11/2006 9x x86 Windows Logo 95-ME.png Memphis First version of Windows to include Disk Cleanup, Windows Update, multi-monitor support, and the infamous IE shell.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows 98 SE Consumer 05/05/1999 07/11/2006 9x x86 Windows Logo 95-ME.png None Slightly improved version of Windows 98 that isn't as bad. Still has the IE shell though.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows 2000 Business 02/17/2000 07/13/2010 NT x86 Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows NT 5.0 Support for the Alpha architecture was dropped right before release. Final version to support the 486.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows Neptune Consumer Unreleased Unreleased NT x86 Windows Logo 95-ME.png Neptune First version to include the logon screen.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows Odyssey Business Unreleased Unreleased NT x86 (presumably) Windows Logo 95-ME.png Odyssey Windows Neptune for businesses.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Pocket PC 2000 Mobile 04/19/2000 09/10/2007 CE ARM Windows Logo CE.png Rapier No comment.
Windows Logo CE.png Windows CE 3.0 Embedded 06/15/2000 10/09/2007 CE x86, ARM, MIPS, SuperH Windows Logo CE.png Cedar Yet another Phone release.
Windows Logo 95-ME.png Windows ME Consumer 09/14/2000 07/11/2006 9x x86 Windows Logo 95-ME.png Millennium Final version to be based around MS-DOS. Introduced Windows Movie Maker.
Windows Logo XP.png Pocket PC 2002 Mobile 10/04/2001 10/14/2008 CE ARM Windows Logo 95-ME.png Merlin Pocket PC 2000 with a different UI.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows XP Consumer 10/25/2001 04/08/2014 NT x86, amd64, Itanium Windows Logo Whistler.png Whistler First commercial version to not be based around MS-DOS. First version to include ClearType and fast-user switching. Technically the longest supported version of Windows if POSReady 2009 is counted.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows CE 4.0 Embedded 01/07/2002 07/10/2012 CE x86, ARM, MIPS, SuperH Windows Logo XP.png Talisker Windows CE 3.0 but with a Windows XP style UI.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows XP MCE Consumer 10/29/2002 04/08/2014 NT x86 Windows Logo XP.png Freestyle No comment.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows Server 2003 Business 04/24/2003 07/14/2015 NT x86, amd64, Itanium Windows Logo Whistler.png Whistler Server No comment.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows Mobile 2003 Mobile 06/23/2003 07/08/2014 CE ARM Windows Logo XP.png Ozone No comment.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows Mobile 2003 R2 Mobile 03/24/2004 07/08/2014 CE ARM Windows Logo XP.png None No comment.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows CE 5.0 Embedded 07/09/2004 10/14/2014 CE x86, ARM, MIPS, SuperH Windows Logo XP.png Macallan No comment.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows Mobile 5.0 Mobile 05/09/2005 10/13/2015 CE ARM Windows Logo XP.png Magneto No comment.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows Server 2003 R2 Business 12/06/2005 07/14/2015 NT x86, amd64, Itanium Windows Logo XP.png None No comment.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows FLP Business 07/08/2006 04/08/2014 NT x86 Windows Logo XP.png Eiger No comment.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows CE 6.0 Embedded 11/01/2006 04/10/2018 CE x86, ARM, MIPS, SuperH Windows Logo XP.png Yamazaki No comment.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows Vista Consumer 01/30/2007 04/11/2017 NT x86, amd64 Windows Logo Longhorn.png Longhorn First version to include "Aero", Flip 3D, and many other tools.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows Mobile 6.0 Mobile 02/12/2007 01/08/2013 CE ARM Windows Logo XP.png Crossbow No comment.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows Server 2008 Business 02/27/2008 01/14/2020 -- 01/10/2023 (paid updates) NT x86, amd64, Itanium Windows Logo Longhorn.png Longhorn Server Final version of Windows Server to support x86. Final version to support the classic Start Menu.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows Mobile 6.1 Mobile 04/01/2008 01/08/2013 CE ARM Windows Logo Vista-7.png None No comment.
Windows Logo XP.png Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 Embedded 12/09/2008 04/09/2019 NT x86 Windows Logo Whistler.png None XP-based Embedded OS released in late 2008. Notable for outlasting XP's EOL by nearly 4 years.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows Mobile 6.5 Mobile 05/11/2009 01/08/2013 CE ARM Windows Logo Vista-7.png None No comment.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows 7 Consumer 10/22/2009 01/14/2020 NT x86, amd64 Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows 7 First version to include the "Superbar", Task Progress, and Direct3D 11. Final version to support the classic theme.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows Server 2008 R2 Business 10/22/2009 01/14/2020 -- 01/10/2023 (paid updates) NT x86, amd64, Itanium Windows Logo Vista-7.png Server 7 Final version of Windows to support the Itanium processor.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows Phone 7 Mobile 10/21/2010 10/14/2014 CE ARM Windows Logo Vista-7.png None No comment.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows EC 7 Embedded 03/01/2011 04/13/2021 CE x86, ARM, MIPS Windows Logo Vista-7.png Chelan No comment.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows Phone 7.5 Mobile 09/27/2011 10/14/2014 CE ARM Windows Logo Vista-7.png Mango No comment.
Windows Logo Server 2012-2022.png Windows Server 2012 Business 09/04/2012 10/10/2023 -- 10/13/2026 (paid updates) NT amd64 Windows Logo 8 Beta.png Server 8 First version of Windows Server without the classic theme.
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows 8 Consumer 10/26/2012 01/12/2016 NT x86, amd64 Windows Logo 8 Beta.png Windows 8 First and only version since Windows 95 to not have a start button. First version to have the Windows Store.
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows RT 8 Consumer 10/26/2012 01/12/2016 NT ARM Windows Logo 8-10.png Blue No comment.
Windows Logo Vista-7.png Windows Phone 7.8 Mobile 10/29/2012 10/14/2014 CE ARM Windows Logo Vista-7.png None No comment.
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows Phone 8 Mobile 10/29/2012 07/08/2014 NT ARM Windows Logo Vista-7.png None No comment.
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows EC 2013 Embedded 06/13/2013 10/10/2023 CE x86, ARM, MIPS Windows Logo 8-10.png None No comment.
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows 8.1 Consumer 10/17/2013 01/10/2023 NT x86, amd64 Windows Logo 8-10.png Blue Final version to support "Games Explorer". Last version to have no start menu, Syskey, and "3D Builder".
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows RT 8.1 Consumer 10/17/2013 01/10/2023 NT ARM Windows Logo 8-10.png Blue Later versions have a Start Menu added to it.
Windows Logo Server 2012-2022.png Windows Server 2012 R2 Business 10/17/2013 10/10/2023 -- 10/13/2026 (paid updates) NT amd64 Windows Logo Server 2012-2022.png Server 2012 R2 No comment.
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows Phone 8.1 Mobile 08/04/2014 07/11/2017 NT ARM Windows Logo 8-10.png None No comment.
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows 10 Consumer 07/29/2015 10/14/2025 NT x86, amd64, ARM Windows Logo 8-10.png Threshold First version to include DirectX 12, a full-screen command prompt, and Cortana. Final version of Windows that supports x86.
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows 10 IoT Core Embedded 07/29/2015 01/09/2029 (LTSC) CE x86, x64, ARM Windows Logo 8-10.png Athens No comment.
Windows Logo 8-10.png Windows 10 Mobile Mobile 03/17/2016 01/14/2020 NT x86, amd64, ARM Windows Logo 8-10.png None Final version of Windows Mobile.
Windows Logo Server 2012-2022.png Windows Server 2016 Business 10/12/2016 01/12/2027 NT amd64 Windows Logo Server 2012-2022.png Server 2016 No comment.
Windows Logo Server 2012-2022.png Windows Server 2019 Business 11/13/2018 01/09/2029 NT amd64 Windows Logo Server 2012-2022.png Server 2019 Final version of Windows to not require TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. Final version to include Internet Explorer.
Windows Logo 10X.png Windows 10X Consumer Unreleased Unreleased NT x86, amd64 Windows Logo 8-10.png Santorini Cancelled, but many features were transfered to Windows 11.
Windows Logo Server 2012-2022.png Windows Server 2022 Business 09/27/2021 10/14/2031 NT amd64 Windows Logo Server 2012-2022.png Server 2022 Final version of Windows to not require UEFI.
Windows Logo 11.png Windows 11 21H2 Consumer 10/05/2021 10/10/2023 NT amd64, ARM Windows Logo 8-10.png Sun Valley Removes many taskbar customization features, removes 3D Viewer, Cortana, Internet Explorer, Paint 3D, and Skype.
  1. GA stands for "General Availability." That is the day when you can buy the operating system by itself without needing to buy a new computer.