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Stupid Question 59: Will Net 45 support operating systems prior to Windows 7?

[To celebrate my first year of programming I will ask a ‘stupid’ questions daily on my blog for a year, to make sure I learn at least 365 new things during my second year as a developer]

My cousin Madi, Grandma, my sister and dad- all using different OS

My dad still uses Windows XP. I asked him, “Dad - are you going to update to Windows 8?”. He got mad “No!!”. I asked “Why not?” No reply. He is happy with Windows XP. I’m not, but it’s his computer not mine. Thinking about it, many people around me run older operating systems. I’m just so used hanging out with nerds that having the latest becomes the norm, but then again, this summer I met a developer that runs XP and is (although frustrating for his colleagues) also happy with that. Let’s see, my sister probably runs Windows 7, and so would most my friends and familiy members around the same age. My cousin Madi, I just have a feeling she has a Mac, I’ll have to ask about that. But I’m assuming that both my grandmas run Windows XP, and quite a few elderly familiy members living in Romania. Surprised?

25% of worldwide users still used Windows XP as their OS in August according to the stats here

So hence the question. Stepping out of the bubble of newness I needed to ask, which operating systems will be supported in regards to .Net 4.5?

The first search leads me to a discussing on MSDN where the answer was “Windows 7 and up and their server counterparts are supported”. Since that discussion in september Vista support has been added as you can read under the Supported Client Operating Systems for .Net 4.5 section on MSDN. As for Supported Server Operating Systems there is support for: Windows Server 2012 (64-bit edition), Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit edition) and Windows Server 2008 SP2 (32-bit and 64-bit editions).

.Net 4.5 Supported Client Operating Systems

Windows 8, 7 and Vista are supported

Devs trying to vote for support for Windows XP (Make .NET 4.5 work on any OS that supports 4.0) to no aid. XP remains unsupported. Next time I go home I will force my dad to install Windows 7 :D He doesn’t read my blog so he won’t see it coming muahahahah. And sis,- don’t tell!


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Last modified on 2012-10-10

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