Migration Guide to the .NET Framework 4.5
If you created your app using an earlier version of the .NET Framework, you can generally upgrade it to the .NET Framework 4.5 or 4.5.1 easily. Open your project in Visual Studio. If your project was created in an earlier version, the Project Compatibility dialog box automatically opens. For more information about upgrading a project in Visual Studio 2013, see Visual Studio 2013 Compatibility.
However, some changes in the .NET Framework require changes to your code. You may also want to take advantage of functionality that is new in the .NET Framework 4.5 or 4.5.1. Making these types of changes to your app for a new version of the .NET Framework is typically referred to as migration. If your app does not have to be migrated, you can run it in the .NET Framework 4.5 or 4.5.1 without recompiling it.
Review the following documents before you migrate your app from earlier versions of the .NET Framework to version 4.5 or 4.5.1:
See .NET Framework Versions and Dependencies to understand the CLR version underlying each version of the .NET Framework and to review guidelines for targeting your apps successfully.
Review Application Compatibility in the .NET Framework to find out about runtime and retargeting changes that might affect your app and how to handle them.
Review What's Obsolete in the .NET Framework Class Library to determine any types or members in your code that have been made obsolete, and the recommended alternatives.
See What's New in the .NET Framework 4.5 for descriptions of new features that you may want to add to your app.