Checking operating system and software requirements

Before installing on Windows, check that you have a supported version of one of the Windows operating system product families. For example, you can use Windows 7 for any console components. Alternatively, you can install components on computers in the Windows Server product family—such as Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012—so that your administrative computer can be configured with additional server roles.

For more detailed information about supported platforms for specific components, see the release notes.

You should also verify that you have the .NET Framework, version 4.5 or later, installed. If the .NET Framework is not installed, the setup program can install it for you. Alternatively, you can download the .NET Framework from the Microsoft Download Center, if needed.