Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 follows the Fixed Lifecycle Policy.

This applies to the following editions: Datacenter, Datacenter without Hyper-V, Enterprise, Enterprise without Hyper-V, for Itanium-Based Systems, Foundation, Standard, Standard without Hyper-V, Web


Support for this product has ended. See migration guidance below.

Support Dates

Listing Start Date Mainstream End Date Extended End Date
Windows Server 2008 05/06/2008 01/13/2015 01/14/2020


Version Start Date End Date
Extended Security Update Year 3 01/11/2022 01/10/2023
Extended Security Update Year 2 01/12/2021 01/11/2022
Extended Security Update Year 1 01/14/2020 01/12/2021
Service Pack 2 04/29/2009 01/14/2020
Original Release 05/06/2008 07/12/2011


*Extended Security Updates (ESU) are available through specific volume licensing programs for Datacenter, Standard, Enterprise, and Embedded editions of this product editions, for up to an additional three years past the end of support. Contact your Microsoft partner or account team to learn more.


Windows Server 2008 Foundation released on May 21, 2009


  • Datacenter
  • Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Enterprise
  • Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Foundation
  • Standard
  • Standard without Hyper-V
  • Web