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Visual Studio 2015 Support | Visual Studio 2018-05-17T08:30:10+00:00

Visual Studio 2015 FAQ

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I received the error “The specified program requires a newer version of Windows”

Symptoms

You want to install Visual Studio 2015 on a computer already having Windows 7 SP1 or newer installed but you receive an error message that the Visual Studio installer requires a newer version of Windows.screenshot of Visual Studio installer newer version of Windows

Resolution

Customers may receive this error during a Visual Studio 2015 installation due to automatically applied compatibility settings which lower the Windows run-time incorrectly. To work around this issue, remove compatibility settings in the Visual Studio installer.
  1. Right-click the Visual Studio Installer icon.
  2. Select Properties > Compatibility tab.
  3. Select Change settings for all users.
  4. Uncheck Run this program in compatibility mode for < select your OS >screenshot of Win Newer Version Error Solution
  5. Click Ok.
  6. Exit the configuration window.
  7. Launch the Visual Studio Installer again. screenshot of VS Installer
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