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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 Windows 10 Logo
Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 10


Windows 1.0x-2.xx (1985–2001)

Windows logo and watermark - 1985

Windows 3.0 (1990–2001)

Windows 3.0

Windows 3.1x (1992–2001), NT 3.1 (1993-2000) & NT 3.5x (1994-2001)

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

This logo was similar to the Windows 3.1 logo, though slight changes were made to the colors.

Windows 95 logo

Mainstream support ended on December 31, 2000 and extended support ended the following year (on the same date, alongside Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1x).

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.

Extended support ended on July 11, 2006 alongside Windows ME (mainstream support ended on June 30, 2002).

Windows 2000 (1999–2010)

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

Extended support ended on July 13, 2010 (mainstream support ended on June 30, 2005).

Windows ME (2000–2006)

Windows me Logo

Stacked version

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

Extended support ended on July 11, 2006 alongside Windows 98 (mainstream support ended on December 31, 2003).

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 introduced a new look and feel to the desktop and the majority of the system in general, with tons of new features. It was known to be the very longest supported version.

Extended support ended on April 8, 2014 (mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009).

Windows Vista (2006–present)

Windows Vista logo

In 2006, Microsoft modified their 2001 logo, getting rid of the plastic feel, modernizing the logo and changing the font to Segoe.

While Windows Vista was also turned down by many, it did come with lots of new features and design tweaks. Some of the system's most notable features are: New aero design, Sidebar and widgets, Windows Defender, 3D Task switcher, Welcome center, and Games Explorer.

Mainstream support ended on April 10, 2012, and extended support will end on April 11, 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.

Mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015, and extended support will end on January 14, 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 (2013-present)

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.

Mainstream support will end on January 9, 2018, and extended support will end on January 10, 2023.

Windows 10 (2015–present)

Windows 10 Logo

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.

Mainstream support for Windows 10 will end on October 13, 2020 for the RTM version and October 12, 2021 for Version 1607 LTSB. Extended support will end on October 14, 2025 for the RTM version and October 13, 2026 for Version 1607 LTSB.

Icons

Windows 1.0x - 2.xx (1985–1990)

Windows logo - 1985

Windows 3.0x (1990–1992)

Windows 3.0 Icon

Windows 3.1x - ME (1992–2001)

Microsoft Windows logo 1992

Windows 2000 - ME (2000–2001)

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 (2007–2012)

Windows logo - 2006

Windows 8 - 10 (2012–present)

Windows logo - 2012

Windows 10 (2015–present)

Windows logo – 2012 (dark blue)

Other

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