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Latest Windows Updates and Service Packs overview

This guide provides you with information on the latest Windows updates and Service Packs, including where to download them and how to install them.

Microsoft released service packs traditionally for its operating systems, but switched to the new feature upgrade system with the release of Windows 8.

Service Packs are only available for Windows 7 and earlier operating systems on the client side, while Feature upgrades for Windows 8 and newer versions of Windows including Windows 10.

Windows Support

Microsoft supports the following client operating systems currently:

Operating systemLatest UpdateSupport PhaseEnd of Support
Windows XPService Pack 3endedended
Windows VistaService Pack 2extended supportApril 11, 2017
Windows 7Service Pack 1extended supportJanuary 14, 2020
Windows 8Windows 8.1mainstream supportJanuary 9, 2018
Windows 8Windows 8.1extended supportJanuary 10, 2023
Windows 10Anniversary Updatemainstream supportOctober 13, 2020
Windows 10Anniversary Updateextended supportOctober 14, 2025

Windows 10 support may be extended beyond the dates currently provided.

Major Windows Updates

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Generally speaking, there won’t be any new major updates for any version of Windows but Windows 10. Microsoft won’t release Windows 8.2 for instance, and it won’t release Service Packs anymore either.

The company plans to release two feature updates for Windows 10 per year.

Windows 10 versionNameRelease date
Windows 10 build 1507initial release29.07.2015
Windows 10 build 1511November Update12.11.2016
Windows 10 build 1607Anniversary Update2.08.2016
Windows 10 build 1704Creators UpdateApril 2017
Windows 10 build 17xxunknownLate 2017

Service Packs Downloads

The following table lists Windows client and server operating systems, and the most recent Service Pack or Feature upgrades for each.

Download links may point to the Microsoft Update Catalog for standalone downloads, to the Microsoft Download site, or tools that help you download these updates.

Please note that you may use Windows Update as well to download the latest updates, service packs and feature upgrades for the version of Windows that is installed on the computer.

Windows VersionArchitectureService PackSizeDownload
Windows XP32-bitService Pack 2266.0 MBSP2 32-bit
Windows XP32-bitService Pack 3316.4 MBSP3 32-bit
Windows XP Pro64-bitService Pack 2350.9 MBSP2 64-bit
Windows Vista32-bitService Pack 1544.3 MBSP1 32-bit
Windows Vista64-bitService Pack 1873.0 MBSP1 64-bit
Windows Vista32-bitService Pack 2475.5 MBSP2 32-bit
Windows Vista64-bitService Pack 2745.2 MBSP2 64-bit
Windows 732-bitService Pack 1537.8 MBSP1 32-bit
Windows 764-bitService Pack 1903.2 MBSP1 64-bit
Windows 732-bit and 64-bit ISOService Pack 11.9 GBSP1 ISO
Windows 732-bitConvenience Rollup316.0 MBCR 32-bit
Windows 764-bitConvenience Rollup476.9 MBCR 64-bit
Windows 832-bitWindows 8.1428.9 MBW8.1 32-bit
Windows 864-bitWindows 8.1887.9 MBW8.1 64-bit
Windows 1032-bit and 64-bitAnniversary UpdatedependsW10 1611
Windows Server 200332-bitService Pack 2372.0 MBSP2 32-bit
Windows Server 200364-bitService Pack 2350.9 MbSP2 64-bit
Windows Server 200832-bitService Pack 2475.5 MBSP2 32-bit
Windows Server 200864-bitService Pack 2745.2 MBSP2 64-bit
Windows Server 2008 R264-bitService Pack 1912.4 MBSP1 64-bit
Windows Server 2008 R264-bitConvenience Rollup476.9 MBCR 64-bit

Some notes:

  1. Service Pack updates are cumulative usually. This means that you only need to install the latest available Service Pack and not previously released ones. Exception: Windows Vista requires SP1 before you can install SP2. Windows XP requires SP1a or SP2 before you can install SP3.
  2. There is no Windows XP Pro 64-bit Service Pack 3.
  3. There is no 32-bit version of Windows Server 2008 R2.
  4. The Convenience Rollup update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 requires the April 2015 servicing stack update.
  5. Windows 10 feature upgrades are cumulative as well. You only need to install the latest to install all available feature upgrades.
  6. Check out our Windows Updates guide for additional information on updates for Windows.


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