Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 follows the Fixed Lifecycle Policy.

This applies to the following editions: Datacenter, Essentials, External Connector, for Embedded Systems, Foundation, Standard

Support dates are shown in the Pacific Time Zone (PT) - Redmond, WA, USA.

Support Dates

Listing Start Date Mainstream End Date Extended End Date
Windows Server 2012 2012-10-30T00:00:00.000-08:00 2018-10-09T22:59:59.999-08:00 2023-10-10T22:59:59.999-08:00


Version Start Date End Date
Extended Security Update Year 3 2025-10-15T00:00:00.000-08:00 2026-10-13T22:59:59.999-08:00
Extended Security Update Year 2 2024-10-09T00:00:00.000-08:00 2025-10-14T22:59:59.999-08:00
Extended Security Update Year 1 2023-10-11T00:00:00.000-08:00 2024-10-08T22:59:59.999-08:00
Original Release 2012-10-30T00:00:00.000-08:00 2023-10-10T22:59:59.999-08:00


Mainstream and Extended support for this product has been extended to provide customers with the standard lifecycle transition timeline. Windows Server Essentials released on January 2, 2013.


  • Datacenter
  • Essentials
  • External Connector
  • for Embedded Systems
  • Foundation
  • Standard