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Windows logo and watermark - 1985 Windows 3.0 Windows 3.0 & 3.1x logo Windows 95 logo Windows 98 logo Windows 2000 Windows Millenium Edition Logo
Windows 1.0 - 2.0 Windows 3.0 Windows 3.1x Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows 2000 Windows ME
Windows XP Logo Windows Vista logo Windows 7 logo Windows 8 Logo Windows 8.1 Blue Logo Windows10logo
Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 10

Windows 1.0 / 2.0 (1985–2001)

Windows logo and watermark - 1985

Windows 3.0 (1990–2001)

Windows 3.0

Windows 3.1-3.1x (1992–2001)

Windows 3.0 & 3.1x logo
This logo was also used in Windows 3.2, and Windows 3.11.

Support ended in 2001.

Windows 95 (1995–2001)

Windows 95 logo

Windows 95 logo

Support ended in 2001.

Windows 98/98 SE (1998–2006)

Windows 98 logo

Windows 98 logo
In May 1999, Microsoft released Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) which fixes bugs and problems from Windows 98.

Support ended in 2006.

Windows 2000 (2000–2010)

Windows 2000
Windows 2000 is NT based, not part of the 9x series. It was used both for server computers and regular computers.

Support ended in 2010.

Windows ME (2000–2006)

Windows me Logo
Windows ME was known to be one of the "worst" windows version. It had no new features except for Digital Media and System Restore.

Support ended in 2006.

Windows XP (2001–2014)

Windows XP Logo

In 2001, Microsoft overhauled the Windows logo again giving it much more of a clean feel. The Windows logo was simplified, removing the black borders and squares flowing behind it. The logo was also given a 'plastic' feel to it. It was created to match Windows XP which had a very clean feel. It used the Franklin Gothic Medium font for the text.

Windows XP now has a new look and feel to it, with tons of new features. He was known to be the very longest supported version.

Support ended in 2014 - 13 years.

Windows Vista (2006–present)

Windows Vista logo

Microsoft modified their 2001 logo, getting rid of the plastic feel and changing the font to Segoe.

Windows Vista's most notable new features are: New aero design, Sidebar and widgets, Windows Defender, 3D Task switcher, Welcome center, and Games Explorer.

Support ends in 2017.

Windows 7 (2009–present)

Windows 7 logo
Windows 7 kept the same design and logo with Windows Vista, but there is 1 visual change: At the end of the logo, the Windows Vista logo says "Vista" at the end while as the Windows 7 logo says "7" at the end.

Windows 7's new features are: Windows snap, redesigned task bar, libraries for documents, audio, videos, etc.; And HomeGroup.

Support ends in 2020.

Windows 8/8.1 (2012–present)

Windows 8 Logo

Microsoft overhauled their logo again to fit in with the new Metro design language on Windows 8, which uses one-color designs and a slightly modified Segoe font. This logo was unveiled on Windows 8 Consumer Preview released February 2012. Instead of using the waved windows design, it uses the real window design, with perspective, this logo is done by Wolff Olins.

Windows 8's most notable new features are: New Metro design, Touchscreen for the new tablet called "Surface", New Start Menu (Start Screen), Apps, and instead of using the 3D task switcher, it used 2D at the right side of the screen. The original version is known to be the very shortest support version, but counting Windows 8.1 instead of this, Windows 95 and ME had the shortest support versions.

Support for Windows 8 ended in 2016. To regain support, users are recommended to upgrade to Windows 8.1 (which can be done in this version without install disc).

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Blue Logo

After a year, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 in 2013. This logo has an additional ".1" at the end. This logo is also slightly less bold, giving a smoother feel.

Windows 8.1 was an update for Windows 8 with some improvements, and some enhances to the Start Screen.

Support for Windows 8.1 ends in 2023.

Windows 10 (2015–present)


Microsoft officially unveiled the first beta version of Windows 10 on September 30, 2014. The text on the wordmark of the logo was unbolded and the logo itself was made a darker shade of blue. The final version of the operating system was released worldwide on July 29, 2015.

Windows 10's most notable new features are: Holograms for Hololens, Microsoft Edge, New Start Menu, and Cortana.

Support ends in 2026.


Windows 1.0 - 2.0 (1985–2001)

Windows logo - 1985

Windows 3.0 (1990–2001)

Windows 3.0 Icon

Windows 3.1 - ME (1992–2010)

Microsoft Windows logo 1992

Windows 2000 - ME (2000–2010)

Windows XP - 7 (2001–present)

These are the flat versions, with the white version used for Vista beta "Longhorn" in milestone 9 or 10, before the final beta.

Windows XP (2001–2014)

Windows logo - 2002

Windows Vista - 7 (2006–present)

Windows logo - 2006

Windows 8 - 10 (2012–present)

Windows logo - 2012

Windows 10 (2015–present)

Windows logo – 2012 (dark blue)


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