VS 2005 supported Operating Systems

Every once in a while, we see failures from customers trying to deploy VS 2005 due to incorrect operating systems.

The .NET Framework is supported from Windows 98 and up. 

Visual Studio itself requires Windows 2000 SP4 and up.  Here's the list of supported operating systems for VS:

  • Windows 2000 SP4

  • Windows XP SP2

  • Windows 2003 SP1

These are the minimum requirements so if a newer service pack is available, you'll be fine.

Longhorn is also supported.  Currently Longhorn contains the Beta 2 framework so you can only install VS 2005 Beta 2 on Longhorn.


Comments (3)

  1. PatriotB says:

    I’m surprised that the .NET Framework is still being supported on Win98/Me… 🙂

  2. Quan says:

    Our marketing stats show that 10% of our customers are still using Windows 98/ME.

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