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Last updated:  14 Nov 2015
Added W10 v1511/Fall Update

Windows Release Dates
The purpose of this list is to provide dates for releases, so those looking for drivers that are compatible with a release have a date to go by.  The list is by no means complete, suggestions for inclusions are welcome.

NOTE: SP0 is the initial release of the OS. Most information came from Wikipedia.

Windows Server 2016 (Windows NT 10.0 - assumed by me)
Windows 10 (Windows NT 10.0)

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Windows NT 6.3)
Windows 8.1 (Windows NT 6.3)
Windows RT 8.1

Windows Server 2012 (Windows NT 6.2)
Windows 8 (Windows NT 6.2)
Windows RT

Windows Server 2008 R2 (Windows NT 6.1)
Windows 7 (Windows NT 6.1)

Windows Server 2008 (Windows NT 6.0)

Windows Vista (Windows NT 6.0)

Windows Home Server (Windows NT 5.2)

Windows Server 2003 R2
Windows Server 2003 x64 (Windows NT 5.2)
Windows XP x64 (Windows NT 5.2)
Windows Server 2003 (Windows NT 5.2)

Windows XP (Windows NT 5.1)


Windows ME


Windows 2000 (Windows NT 5.0)


Windows 98 SE

Windows 98

Windows NT 4.0


Windows 95


Windows NT 3.51

Windows NT 3.5
Windows for Workgroups 3.11
Windows for Workgroups 3.1
Windows NT 3.1
Windows 3.0
Windows 2.0
Windows 1.0


Windows Server 2016 (Windows NT 10.0 - assumed)
SP0



Final (GA)

Final (RTM)
early 2016




Technical Preview 3
19 Aug 2015

Technical Preview 2
04 May 2015
Technical Preview 1
01 Oct 2014


Windows 10 (Windows NT 10.0)
Version 1511
(Threshold 2/Fall Update - build 10586 on my system)




Final (GA)
(through Windows Update)
12 Nov 2015
SP0



Final (GA)
29 Jul 2015

Final (RTM)





Release Preview


Consumer Preview (public beta)
Oct 2014
Developer Preview


Windows Server 2012 R2 (Windows NT 6.3)
SP0



Final (GA)
17 Oct 2013

Final (RTM)





Release Preview


Consumer Preview

Developer Preview


Windows 8.1 (Windows NT 6.3)
SP0



Final (GA)
17 Oct 2013

Final (RTM)
17 Aug 2013




Release Preview


Consumer Preview
26 Jun 2013
Developer Preview

Windows RT 8.1

SP0



Final (GA)
17 Oct 2013

Final (RTM)





Release Preview


Consumer Preview
16 Jun 2013
Developer Preview

Windows Server 2012 (Windows NT 6.2)
SP0



Final (GA)
04 Sep 2012

Final (RTM)
01 Aug 2012




Release Preview
31 May 2012

Beta
01 March 2012


Windows 8 (Windows NT 6.2)
End of Extended Support:  10 January 2023 (from SoftPedia)
End of Mainstream Support:  09 January 2018 (from SoftPedia)

SP0



Final (GA)
26 Oct 2012

Final (RTM)
01 Aug 2012




Release Preview
31 May 2012

Consumer Preview
01 March 2012

Developers Preview
13 September 2011        

Windows RT

SP0



Final (GA)
26 Oct 2012

Final (RTM)





Release Preview


Consumer Preview

Developer Preview


Windows Server 2008 R2 (Windows NT 6.1)

SP1



Final (GA)
22 February 2011

Final (RTM)
09 February 2011




RC
October 2010

Beta
Early July 2010
SP0



Final (GA)
22 October 2009

Final (RTM)
22 July 2009


Windows 7 (Windows NT 6.1)
End of Extended Support (Security Updates):  14 January 2020
End of Mainstream Support:  12 January 2015

SP1



Final (GA)
22 February 2011

Final (RTM)
09 February 2011




RC
October 2010

Beta
early July 2010
SP0



Final (GA)
22 October 2009 

Final (RTM)
22 July 2009




RC (Public)
05 May 2009

RC (MSDN)
20 April 2009

Beta
09 January 2009


Windows Server 2008 (Windows NT 6.0)

SP2



Final (GA)
28 April 2009     
SP2



Final (GA)
27 February 2008
SP1



Final (GA)
30 January 2007 


Windows Vista (Windows NT 6.0)
End of Extended Support (Security Updates):  11 April 2017
End of Mainstream Support:  10 April 2012

SP2



Final (GA)
28 April 2009     
SP1



Final (GA)
27 February 2009
SP0



Final (GA)
30 January 2007 

Windows Home Server (Windows NT 5.2)
SP0
Final (GA)
07 January 2007          

Windows Server 2003 R2

SP0
Final (GA) December 2005          


Windows Server 2003 x64 (Windows NT 5.2)

P2 Final (GA) 13 March 2007
SP1 n/a
Built on SP1 code base
SP0
Final (GA) 25 April 2005

Windows XP x64 (Windows NT 5.2)
SP2 Final (GA) 13 March 2007
SP1 n/a
Built on SP1 code base
SP0
Final (GA) 25 April 2005


Windows Server 2003 (Windows NT 5.2) 

SP0
Final (GA) 24 April 2003      

Windows XP (Windows NT 5.1)
End of Extended Support (Security Updates):  08 April 2014
End of Mainstream Support:  14 April 2009
SP3
Final (GA) 06 May 2008
SP2
Final (GA) 06 August 2004
SP1a
Final (GA) 03 February 2003
SP1
Final (GA) 09 September 2002
SP0
Final (GA) 25 October 2001

Windows ME - September 2000

SP0
Final (GA)   14 September 2000

Windows 2000 (Windows NT 5.0)

Update Rollup 1
Final (GA) 13 September 2005                     
SP4
Final (GA) 26 June 2003
SP3
Final (GA) 29 August 2002
SP2
Final (GA) 16 May 2001
SP1
Final (GA) 15 August 2000
SP0
Final (GA) 17 February 2000

Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) released in 1999
SP0
Final (GA) 05 May 1999      

Windows 98 released on 25 June 1998
SP0
Final (GA) 25 June 1998      

Windows NT 4.0
SP6a Final (GA) 30 November 1999
SP5 Final (GA) 04 May 1999
SP4 Final (GA) 25 October 1998
SP3 Final (GA) 15 May 1997
SP2 Final (GA) 14 December 1996
SP1 Final (GA) 16 October 1996
SP0
Final (GA) 24 August 1996

Windows 95
SP0
Final (GA) 24 August 1995       


Windows NT 3.51

Post SP5 Y2KFix
Final (GA) 03 November 1998                             
SP5 Final (GA) 23 September 1996
SP4 Final (GA) 19 March 1996
SP3 Final (GA) 14 December 1995
SP2 Final (GA) 11 October 1995
SP1 Final (GA)
SP0
Final (GA) 30 May 1995

Windows NT 3.5

SP3 Final (GA) 13 September 1995
SP2 Final (GA)
SP1 Final (GA)
SP0
Final (GA) 21 September 1994

Windows for Workgroups 3.11 was released on 11 August 1993/1 Nov 93
SP0
Final (GA) 11 August 1993 or
01 November 1993

Windows for Workgroups 3.1
SP0
Final (GA) 01 October 1992   

Windows NT 3.1

SP3 Final (GA) 10 November 1994
SP2 Final (GA)
SP1 Final (GA)
SP0
Final (GA) 27 July 1993          

Windows 3.0
SP0
Final (GA) 22 May 1990        

Windows 2.0
SP0
Final (GA) 09 December 1987

Windows 1.0
SP0
Final (GA)
20 November 1985











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