Lifecycle FAQ—Windows products

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Windows 10

What are the requirements for servicing and updating Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channels?

Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it. A device needs to have the latest update installed to remain supported.

Updates may include new features, security and/or non-security fixes, or a combination of both based on your release channel.

A device might not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturers' (“OEM”) support period. Not all features in an update will work on all devices.

Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator (e.g., for cellular-capable devices), or hardware capabilities (including, e.g., free disk space). Microsoft will continue to support at least one Semi-Annual Channel version of Windows 10 until the previously defined extended support end date of October 14, 2025.

On Semi-Annual Channel devices that do not defer the installation of feature updates, the subsequent Semi-Annual Channel version of Windows 10 may be automatically installed prior to the support end date. Update deferral is not available in all versions of Windows 10. Please see Windows as a Service (WaaS) for information on release channels and the Windows 10 release info page for additional update details.

What happened to the End of Mainstream Support date for Windows 10 listings on the Lifecycle Product Search page?

In the Windows as a Service (WaaS) model, the concept of Mainstream Support does not apply to Semi-Annual Channels as each Semi-Annual Channel will be serviced for a limited time and require moving to the next Semi-Annual Channel to continue to receive security and non-security updates.

What are the requirements for servicing and updating the Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel?

The Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) is designed to be used only for specialized devices (which typically don't run Microsoft Office), such as those that control medical equipment or ATM machines.

See Overview of Windows as a Service (WaaS) for more information on release channels and the Windows 10 release info page for additional update details.

Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it. A device needs to have the latest update installed to remain supported.

Updates may include security and/or non-security fixes.

A device might not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period.

Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator (e.g., for cellular-capable devices), or hardware capabilities (including, e.g., free disk space).

Windows Server

What are the requirements for servicing and updating Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server (Semi-Annual Channel)?

Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it. A device needs to have the latest update installed to remain supported.

Updates may include new features, security and/or non-security fixes, or a combination of both based on your release channel. For the Semi-Annual Channel, new features in an update might not work on all devices. Please see the Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel overview for information on release channels.

A device might not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturers' (“OEM”) support period.

Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator (e.g., for cellular-capable devices), or hardware capabilities (including, e.g., free disk space).

What is the Lifecycle Policy for Windows Server Update Services?

Previously a standalone product, Windows Server Update Services became a component of the Windows Server operating system beginning with Windows Server 2012. As a component, it follows the Lifecycle Policy for the product on which it is installed – Windows Server (the parent product). A component is defined as a set of files or features that are included with a Microsoft product, whether it is shipped with the product, included in a product service pack or update, or later made available as a web download for the product.

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