Supported Windows version
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on 21 September 2016 10:05 AM

Many times we have been asked why HYPACK xxxx doesn't work in an old version of WINDOWS. Mainly the problem is that as WINDOWS improves the software tools we use to write HYPACK improve with it. The ability to go beyond 2Gbytes of RAM was not around in older vesions of WINDOWS but it is now because MICROSOFT upgraded the WINDOWS environment. That is just one example but to use this new ability the HYPACK programming staff must update the programs and use the latest supporting files from MICROSOFT. Below is a life cycle data sheet that was taken from MICROSOFT to show what operating systems are currently supported. According to a reference I read, WINDOWS 7 was stopped January of 2015. 

HYPACK 2015 works in WINDOWS 7 and newer versions. It is not supported in WINDOWS XP and older versions. 

Windows lifecycle fact sheet

Last updated: April 2014

Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.

End of support

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Client operating systems

Latest update or service pack

End of mainstream support

End of extended support

Windows XP

Service Pack 3

April 14, 2009

April 8, 2014

Windows Vista

Service Pack 2

April 10, 2012

April 11, 2017

Windows 7 *

Service Pack 1

January 13, 2015

January 14, 2020

Windows 8

Windows 8.1

January 9, 2018

January 10, 2023

Windows 10

Windows 10 Anniversary Ed.

October 14, 2025

* Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on April 9, 2013. Be sure to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 today to continue to receive support and updates.

End of support: questions and answers

  • What is the difference between mainstream support and extended support?
  • Mainstream support—Microsoft will offer mainstream support for a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product's general availability, or for 2 years after the successor product is released, whichever is longer. For example, if you buy a new version of Windows and five years later another version is released, you will still have two years of support left for the previous version.
  • Extended support—Microsoft will offer extended support for either a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product's general availability, or for 2 years after the second successor product (two versions later) is released, whichever is longer.

For more details on the difference between mainstream support and extended support, refer to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ .

  • What should I do when the version of Windows I'm using reaches its end of support date?

You can either install the latest available update or service pack or you can upgrade to a newer version of Windows.