Visual Studio 2013 System Requirements

Last Update: 3/7/2017

System requirements for the Visual Studio 2013 family of products are listed in the table below. For more information on compatibility, please see Visual Studio 2013 Platform Targeting and Compatibility.

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Visual Studio 2013

Requirements Supported Operating Systems
Visual Studio Express 2013 with Update 5 for Windows Desktop
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Additional Requirements
On Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required.
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
Visual Studio Express 2013 with Update 5 for Web
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 4 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Additional Requirements
On Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required.
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
Visual Studio Express 2013 with Update 5 for Windows
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 11 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Additional Requirements
KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required.
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Visual Studio Community 2013 with Update 5
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 20 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard disk drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card that runs at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Additional Requirements
KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required.
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
Visual Studio Premium 2013 with Update 5
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 20 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard disk drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card that runs at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Additional Requirements
KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required.
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
Visual Studio Professional 2013 with Update 5
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 20 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard disk drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card that runs at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Additional Requirements
KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required.
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64) Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
Visual Studio Test Professional 2013
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB (32 Bit) or 2 GB (64 Bit) of RAM (Add 512MB to host if running in a virtual machine)
  • 3 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard disk drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Additional Requirements
On Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required.
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 with Update 5
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 20 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard disk drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card that runs at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Additional Requirements
KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required.
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
More Information
  • This version of Visual Studio works best with Internet Explorer 10 or higher. If Internet Explorer 10 is not installed on your computer, some features might not work as expected.
  • Windows Phone 8.0 development requires Windows 8.1 (x64) or higher.
  • Windows Phone 8.1 development requires Windows 8.1 (x86) or higher.
  • For the Windows Phone emulators, Windows 8.1 (x64) Professional edition or higher, and a processor that supports Client Hyper-V and Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).
  • If your computer meets the operating system requirements but does not meet the hardware requirements for the Windows Phone Emulators, the Windows Phone development tools will install and run. However, the Windows Phone 8.0 and 8.1 Emulators will not function and you must use a device to deploy or test Windows Phone apps.

Team Foundation Server 2013

Requirements Supported Operating Systems
Team Foundation Server 2013 with Update 5
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 10 GB of available hard disk space for a typical installation
  • 600 MB of available hard disk space (language pack)
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
Team Foundation Server Express 2013 with Update 5
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Additional Requirements
On Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required.
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
More Information
  • This version of Visual Studio works best with Internet Explorer 10 or higher. If Internet Explorer 10 is not installed on your computer, some features might not work as expected.

Visual Studio 2012

Requirements
Visual Studio 2012 Update 5
Hardware Requirements
  • 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM (1.5 GB if you are running in a virtual machine)
  • 1 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5,400 RPM hard disk drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card that is running at 1024 × 768 or higher resolution

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