How long does Windows last?
What is the life expectancy of a Windows? According to a communication on the durability of operating systems, the existence of a Windows version is divided into three parts. The first three years are referred to as the heyday, in which the product can be purchased in all the usual ways.
In the following fourth year, the version is only delivered as an OEM, hotfixes are then no longer free. In the last year, Microsoft will then discontinue support, except for the online offers. Accordingly, by the end of 2001 there will only be online support for MSDOS, Win3.x and Windows 95. Accordingly, the distribution of Windows 98 and NT4.0 will be discontinued in mid-2002.