The local computer is not running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or later

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Topic Last Modified: 2006-06-05

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 setup cannot continue because the local computer is not running Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or a later version.

Exchange 2007 setup requires that the computer that is used for Microsoft Exchange be running Windows Server 2003 SP1 or a later version.

To resolve this issue:

  • Run Exchange 2007 setup from a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 SP1 or a later version.

  • Upgrade the computer that you want to run Exchange 2007 setup from to Windows Server 2003 SP1 or a later version.

For more information about how to upgrade to Windows Server 2003, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 810613, "Supported paths for upgrading to Windows Server 2003 or to Windows Small Business Server 2003" (

To obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003, see the Windows Server TechCenter (