As part of our ongoing efforts to keep GitHub-hosted runners updated and secure, the Windows 2016 virtual environment will be removed from GitHub Actions on March 15, 2022. We recommend you change jobs using
runs-on: windows-2016 to use
runs-on: windows-latest which will ensure you're always running on the latest version of Windows Server.
If you need to pin your job to a specific version of Windows Server, you can see the full list of supported versions and instructions here: supported-runners-and-hardware-resources
To raise awareness of the upcoming removal, we will temporarily fail jobs using Windows 2016 for two short 'brownout' periods. Builds that are scheduled to run during the brownout periods will fail. The brownouts are scheduled for the following dates and times:
- December 1, 2021 4:00pm UTC – 10:00pm UTC
- February 7, 2022 4:00pm UTC – 10:00pm UTC
Once deprecated, the Windows 2016 image is now excluded from the service level agreement and warranty therefore it is recommended that you move to a supported version of Windows before March 15, 2022.