End-of-Life dates for Windows Embedded

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[updated Dec-2015]

Many people ask about when and how long the Microsoft Embedded Operating Systems will be available if the commit and design it into their product. As you’ll see from the table below, it’s normally around 15 years. The table is only an extract from the full list, but are the most relevant to Direct Insight products and customers.

Product Name

General Availability

Product Distribution End Date

Windows   Embedded Compact 2013 June   13, 2013 May 31, 2028
Windows   Embedded 8 Industry April   2, 2013 April 30, 2028
Windows   Embedded 8 Standard March   20, 2013 March 30, 2028
Windows   Embedded 8 Pro March   20, 2013 March 31, 2028
Windows   Embedded Compact 7 March   1, 2011 February   28, 2026
Windows   Embedded Standard 7 July   27, 2010 July   27, 2025
Windows   Embedded Standard 2009 October   7, 2008 January   8, 2024
Windows   Embedded CE 6.0 Operating System (Toolkit and Runtime), all versions November   1, 2006 February   28, 2022
Windows   CE 5.0 August   31, 2004 August   31, 2019
Windows   CE .NET 4.2 June   1, 2003 June   1, 2018
Windows   CE .NET 4.1 October   29, 2002 October   29, 2017
Windows   CE .NET 4.0 April   1, 2002 April   1, 2017
Windows   XP Embedded (Toolkit and Runtime), all versions January   30, 2002 January   30, 2017
Windows   XP Professional for Embedded Systems December   31, 2001 December   31, 2016


By | 2017-05-19T13:12:00+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Embedded Compact, Embedded Standard, Windows Embedded|8 Comments


  1. Scott February 25, 2017 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Can you please provide a reference of where you got this from? Also, an explanation of the difference between “Product Distribution End Date” and “Extended Support End Date” would be useful for most readers I imagine.

    • NigelG February 28, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Hi Scott,
      This information is supplied to us by Microsoft as we work closely with them as an valued Embedded Partner. It’s important to know this information so we like to share it where we can.
      The “Product Distribution End Date” is when you can buy licenses “up to” for the particular system. When you reference “Extended Support End Date” I would assume this means when Microsoft will stop issuing updates or security fixes.
      Hope this answers your question.

  2. Mike March 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Could you provide confirmation on Windows CE 5.0? MIcrosoft’s Product Lifecycle states 10/14/14.

    • NigelG March 28, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Hi, I would interpret product lifecycle the same as “Extended Support End Date”. Described in the previous comments. Windows CE 5.0 had a 10 year support lifecycle (2004 to 2014) when updates (QFE’s) where issued. But what we list is the “Product Distribution End Date”, which is when Microsoft will stop selling per unit licenses. Please get in touch via support at directinsight.co.uk, we’d be happy to help if you are looking at updating your project/product from Windows CE 5.0

  3. Matteo June 8, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

    from this page (https://support.microsoft.com/it-it/lifecycle/search?alpha=Windows%20Embedded) it seems that end date for Windows Embedded Standard 7 are others than yours… May I know why?

    • NigelG June 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      The web page you reference shows a different date because we describe the date you can continue to purchase licenses up to. You page only indicates the “End Extended Support Date”.

  4. Myn April 5, 2018 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Can we still ship products with Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Operating System after Product Distribution end date, Feb 28th, 2022?

    • NigelG April 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      I think you should check with your Microsoft Distributor or OEM License supplier.

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