Which version of System Center Configuration Manager do you need to deploy a particular version of Windows?

Applies to: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Summary


Support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. After that date, Microsoft will not provide any public support for Windows XP. This includes security patches, non-security hotfixes, and assisted support. To continue receiving assisted support and security updates, you should upgrade to a more recent version of Windows. For more information, see the following Microsoft website: The end of support for Windows XP may affect you if you use System Center Configuration Manager, because certain versions support the deployment of only certain versions of Windows. You can use Operating System Deployment (OSD) to deploy the Windows operating system and to upgrade to a newer version. However, depending on the version of Windows that you want to deploy, you may have to first upgrade the version of System Center Configuration Manager that you're using. The following table provides details about which version of System Center Configuration Manager you need in order to deploy a particular version of Windows.

More Information


Version of Windows being deployed Version of System Center Configuration Manager required
Windows 7System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 or later
Windows 8System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager or later
Windows 8.1System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager or System Center 2012 SP1 CU3 Configuration Manager*
* CU3 (Cumulative Update 3) requires additional configuration considerations. For information about CU3 considerations, see How to customize Windows PE boot images to use in Configuration Manager.

For more information about operating system deployment prerequisites, see Prerequisites for deploying operating systems in Configuration Manager.

Additional resources

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