Visual Studio 2012 System requirements and hardware requirements


Read this article to find out the system requirements and hardware requirements for Visual Studio 2012 editions.

There are multiple editions of Visual Studio available and the hardware and system requirements are slightly different for some editions even though most editions have pretty much same requirements.



The Ultimate, Premium, Professional and Test Professional editions of Visual Studio 2012 have the exact same hard requirements and system requirements. The system requirements for these editions are shown below:

System Requirements Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate, Premium, Professional and Test Professional editions

Supported operating systems:

  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)

  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)

  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)


  • Supported architectures

  • 32-bit (x86)

  • 64-bit (x64)


  • 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

  • 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


  • Here is the system requirements for Visual Studio 2012 Team Foundation Server edition:

    Supported operating systems

  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)

  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)

  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x64)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)

  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)


  • Supported architectures

  • 32-bit (x86) (Windows 7 and Windows 8 clients)

  • 64-bit (x64)


  • Hardware requirements

  • 2.2 GHz or faster processor

  • 1 GB RAM – Basic installation

  • 2 GB RAM – Standard installation (no SharePoint)

  • 10 GB RAM – Full installations (includes SharePoint)

  • 8 GB of available hard disk space


  • Some of the optional components as prerequisites for TFS is Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 or SharePoint 2010 which may be required depending on your installation.

    System and Hardware requirements for Visual Studio 2012 Express Editions


    The hardware requirements for Visual Studio 2012 Express editions are slightly different. See the hardware requirements below:

    - 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
    - 100 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



    All express editions except Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 will work on both Widows 7, Windows 8, Windows 2008 and Windows 2012. The Express for Windows 8 will work only on Windows 8 Computers.


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