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System Requirements for Version 2.0 

To ensure adequate performance, the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 has the following minimum and recommended system requirements for client and server applications.

NoteNote

For the most up-to-date information on system requirements and supported platforms, see the Readme.htm file for the .NET Framework. If you have installed the stand-alone SDK, the Readme file is located in the Program Files\Microsoft.NET\SDK\v2.0\subdirectory. If you have installed the .NET Framework as part of Visual Studio 2005, the Readme file is located in the Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0 subdirectory.

Supported Operating Systems

The .NET Framework can be installed on the following platforms and operating systems. For information about the .NET Compact Framework support for mobile platforms, see Supported Devices and Platforms.

Scenario Target platforms

x32-bit based systems

Microsoft® Windows® 98

Windows 98 Second Edition

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional with SP4

Windows 2000 Server with SP4

Windows 2000 Advanced Server with SP4

Windows 2000 Datacenter Server with SP4

Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP2

Windows XP Home Edition with SP2

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002 with SP2

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 with SP2

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition with SP2

Windows XP Starter Edition

Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 Standard Edition

Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition

Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition

Windows Server 2003 Web Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Datacenter Edition

x64-bit based systems

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition

NoteNote

  Supported on WOW64.

Itanium-based systems

Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems

Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-based Systems

Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems

Windows Server 2003 R2, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-based Systems

.NET Compact Framework

Microsoft Windows Mobile™ for Pocket PC

Windows Mobile for Smartphone

Microsoft Windows CE

NoteNote

For information about the .NET Compact Framework support for mobile platforms, see Supported Devices and Platforms.

The following table provides system requirements if you use Visual Studio as your development environment.

Scenario Development platforms

x32-bit based systems

Windows 2000 Professional with SP4

Windows 2000 Server with SP4

Windows 2000 Advanced Server with SP4

Windows 2000 Datacenter Server with SP4

Windows XP Professional with SP2

Windows XP Home Edition with SP2

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002 with SP2

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 with SP2

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition with SP2

Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Standard Edition

Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Enterprise Edition

Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Datacenter Edition

Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Web Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Datacenter Edition

x64-bit based systems

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition

NoteNote

Supported on WOW64.

Unsupported Operating Systems

The .NET Framework cannot be installed on the following operating systems.

Scenario Operating system

All platforms

Microsoft Windows 95

Microsoft Windows NT® Server

Windows NT Workstation

Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems

Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-based Systems

Minimum Software and Hardware Requirements

Minimum Software

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 with Service Pack 1.

  • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8 for data access applications.

  • Windows Installer version 3.0.

Processors

Scenario Minimum

.NET Framework redistributable

400 megahertz (MHz)

.NET Framework SDK

600 MHz

RAM

Scenario Minimum

.NET Framework

96 megabytes (MB)

.NET Framework SDK

128 MB

Hard Disk Space

Scenario Minimum

32-bit

280 MB

64-bit

610 MB

Product Installation Notes

It is highly recommended for all platforms that you upgrade to the latest Windows Service Pack and critical updates available from http://www.windowsupdate.com to ensure the best compatibility and security.

The .NET Framework SDK requires Microsoft Windows 2000 or later operating system with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 with Service Pack 1 installed. The .NET Framework SDK also requires that the .NET Framework version 2.0 be installed before installing the SDK. The 64-bit .NET Framework SDK requires Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition or Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition with Service Pack 1.

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