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What platforms does Windows Installer run on?

See also:

An overview table can be found at the bottom of this page.

Included versions

Windows Installer ships with the latest Windows versions (Windows Me, Windows 2000 and above).

Redistributables

Windows Installer is available as a redistributable package for older Windows versions and to update older Windows Installer versions.

Windows Installer 1.x

System requirements for Windows Installer 1.x redistributable are as follows:

Windows Installer 2.0

System requirements for Windows Installer 2.0 redistributable are as follows:

Windows Installer 3.0

System requirements for Windows Installer 3.0 redistributable are as follows:

Windows Installer 3.1

System requirements for Windows Installer 3.1 redistributable are as follows:

The only way to install MSI 3.1 on a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 is installing SP1.
There is a separate hotfix package for the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2003 SP1 and the 64-bit editions of Windows XP to update them to Windows Installer 3.1 (v2).

Windows Installer 4.0

There is no Windows Installer 4.0 redistributable for pre-Vista versions of Windows.

Windows Installer 4.5

System requirements for Windows Installer 4.5 redistributable are as follows:

A hotfix for MSI 4.5 is available which can also be installed on MSI 4.0 (on Windows Vista and Server 2003) to update them to the latest MSI 4.5 version in one step. On Windows XP and Server 2003 however you need to install MSI 4.5 before applying the hotfix.
Another hotfix for MSI 4.5 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is available in KB 972397. Its version information is included in the matrix below.
Another hotfix for MSI 4.5 on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is available in KB 981669 but it isn't fully tested yet. Its version information is included in the matrix below.
Another hotfix for MSI 4.5 on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is available in KB 981929. However it isn't fully tested yet and therefore may not be redistributed. Its version information is included in the matrix below.
Another hotfix for MSI 4.5 on Windows Server 2003 SP2 is available in KB 983280. However it may not be redistributed. Its version information is included in the matrix below.
A hotfix to address the same problem in Windows XP is listed in KB 2494305 but it's not available for public download. Its version information is included in the matrix below.
Security Update MS14-049 addresses an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Windows Installer 4.5 and 5.0. It is available in KB 2918614.

Windows Installer 5.0

Windows Installer 5.0 is part of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012. There is no redistributable for older versions of Windows.
An update is available in KB 2699779 for MSI 5.0 in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 to fix an msiexec.exe crash and error 1601 for multi-package installations with many custom actions.
Security Update MS14-049 addresses an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Windows Installer 4.5 and 5.0. It is available in KB 2918614.

The Matrix

This table shows released Windows Installer versions that are included or available as redistributables for the different versions of Windows. Pre-release or beta versions are not listed.

version Windows Installer version that is included in this Windows version
version Windows Installer version that can be installed on this Windows version, link points to download location
-- Windows Installer version is not supported on this Windows version
  not applicable, i.e. newer version is already included with this Windows version

To improve readability the matrix has been split into two tables below. If you prefer one large table you can open the matrix in a new window.

Windows Installer 5.x

Windows 8.1 5.0 Security Update MS14-049 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Windows 8.1 with Update April 2014 5.0.9600.17198        
Windows 8.1 -- 5.0.9600.16384      
Windows 8 5.0 Security Update MS14-049 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Windows 8 5.0.9200.17022 5.0.9200.16384      
Windows 7 5.0 Security Update MS14-049 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Windows 7 SP1 5.0.7601.18493 -- 5.0.7601.17807 5.0.7601.17514  
Windows 7 -- -- 5.0.7600.16992 -- 5.0.7600.16385
Windows Server 2008 R2 5.0 Security Update MS14-049 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 5.0.7601.18493 -- 5.0.7601.17807 5.0.7601.17514  
Windows Server 2008 R2 -- -- 5.0.7600.16992 -- 5.0.7600.16385

Windows Installer 4.x

Windows Server 2008 4.5 Security Update MS14-049 4.5 Hotfix KB 983280/ 2494305 4.5 Hotfix KB 981929 4.5 Hotfix KB 981669 4.5 Hotfix KB 972397 4.5 incl. Hotfix 4.5 4.0
Windows Server 2008 SP2 4.5.6002.19116 -- 4.5.6002.22370 4.5.6002.22362 4.5.6002.22196 4.5.6002.18005    
Windows Server 2008 -- -- 4.5.6001.22660 4.5.6001.22654 4.5.6001.22492 4.5.6001.22303
doesn't require MSI 4.5
4.5.6001.22162 4.0.6001.18000
Windows Vista 4.5 Security Update MS14-049 4.5 Hotfix KB 983280/ 2494305 4.5 Hotfix KB 981929 4.5 Hotfix KB 981669 4.5 Hotfix KB 972397 4.5 incl. Hotfix 4.5 4.0
Windows Vista SP2 4.5.6002.19116 -- 4.5.6002.22370 4.5.6002.22362 4.5.6002.22196 4.5.6002.18005    
Windows Vista SP1 -- -- 4.5.6001.22660 4.5.6001.22654 4.5.6001.22492 4.5.6001.22303
doesn't require MSI 4.5
4.5.6001.22162 4.0.6001.18000
Windows Vista -- -- 4.5.6000.21244 -- 4.5.6000.21103 4.5.6000.20951
doesn't require MSI 4.5
4.5.6000.20817 4.0.6000.16386
Windows Server 2003 4.5 Security Update MS14-049 4.5 Hotfix KB 983280 4.5 Hotfix KB 981929 4.5 Hotfix KB 981669 4.5 Hotfix KB 972397 4.5 Hotfix Update 4.5 4.0
Windows Server 2003 SP2 4.5.6002.23415
requires MSI 4.5
4.5.6002.22388 -- -- 4.5.6002.22172 4.5.6001.22299
requires MSI 4.5
4.5.6001.22159 --
Windows Server 2003 SP1 -- -- -- -- -- 4.5.6001.22299
requires MSI 4.5
4.5.6001.22159 --
Windows Server 2003 (64 bit) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Windows Server 2003 (32 bit) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Windows XP   4.5 Hotfix KB 2494305 4.5 Hotfix KB 981929 4.5 Hotfix KB 981669 4.5 Hotfix KB 972397 4.5 Hotfix Update 4.5 4.0
Windows XP SP3 -- 4.5.6002.22572 -- 4.5.6002.22362 4.5.6002.22172 4.5.6001.22299
requires MSI 4.5
4.5.6001.22159 --
Windows XP x64 RTM -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Windows XP SP2 -- -- -- -- -- 4.5.6001.22299
requires MSI 4.5
4.5.6001.22159 --
Windows XP SP1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Windows XP -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Windows Installer 1.x - 3.x

Windows Server 2003 3.1 Security Update 3.1 (v2) 3.1 3.0 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0
Windows Server 2003 SP2 3.1.4000.4042 3.1.4000.3959            
Windows Server 2003 SP1 3.1.4000.4042 3.1.4000.2435 3.1.4000.1830          
Windows Server 2003 (64 bit) -- -- --  3.0.3790.2180 2.0.3790.0      
Windows Server 2003 (32 bit) 3.1.4000.4042  3.1.4000.2435 3.1.4000.1823  3.0.3790.2180 2.0.3790.0      
Windows XP 3.1 Security Update 3.1 (v2) 3.1 3.0 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0
Windows XP SP3 3.1.4001.5512 3.1.4001.5512            
Windows XP x64 RTM 3.1.4000.4042 3.1.4000.2435 3.1.4000.1830          
Windows XP SP2  3.1.4000.4039  3.1.4000.2435 3.1.4000.1823 3.0.3790.2180        
Windows XP SP1  3.1.4000.4039  3.1.4000.2435 3.1.4000.1823 3.0.3790.2180 2.0.2600.1106      
Windows XP  3.1.4000.4039  3.1.4000.2435 3.1.4000.1823  3.0.3790.2180 2.0.2600.0      
Windows 2000 3.1 Security Update 3.1 (v2) 3.1 3.0 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0
Windows 2000 SP4  3.1.4000.4033  3.1.4000.2435 3.1.4000.1823 3.0.3790.2180 2.0.2600.1183      
Windows 2000 SP3  --  3.1.4000.2435 3.1.4000.1823  3.0.3790.2180 2.0.2600.1      
Windows 2000 SP2  -- -- -- -- 2.0.2600.2
2.0.2600.0
-- 1.11.2405.0  
Windows 2000 SP1  -- -- -- -- 2.0.2600.2
2.0.2600.0
-- 1.11.1314.0  
Windows 2000  -- -- -- -- 2.0.2600.2
2.0.2600.0
-- 1.10.1029.0  
Windows 9x 3.1 Security Update 3.1 (v2) 3.1 3.0 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0
Windows Me  -- -- -- -- 2.0.2600.2
2.0.2600.1
2.0.2600.0
1.20.1410.0    
Windows 98 SE  -- -- -- -- 2.0.2600.2
2.0.2600.1
2.0.2600.0
1.20.1827.1 1.10.1029.1 1.0.5104.0
Windows 98  -- -- -- -- 2.0.2600.2
2.0.2600.1
2.0.2600.0
1.20.1827.1 1.10.1029.1 1.0.5104.0
Windows 95  -- -- -- -- 2.0.2600.2
2.0.2600.1
2.0.2600.0
1.20.1827.1 1.10.1029.1 1.0.5104.0
Windows NT 4 3.1 Security Update 3.1 (v2) 3.1 3.0 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0
Windows NT 4.0 SP6 -- -- -- -- 2.0.2600.2
2.0.2600.0
1.20.1827.1 1.10.1029.1 1.0.5104.0
Windows NT 4.0 SP5 -- -- -- -- -- 1.20.1827.1 1.10.1029.1 1.0.5104.0
Windows NT 4.0 SP4  -- -- -- -- -- 1.20.1827.1 1.10.1029.1 1.0.5104.0
Windows NT 4.0 SP3  -- -- -- -- -- 1.20.1827.1 1.10.1029.1 1.0.5104.0
Windows NT 4.0 SP2 and below -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

 



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