The Computer Is Not Running Windows Server 2008 or a Later Version

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Topic Last Modified: 2009-08-13

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Setup cannot continue because the local computer is not running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or a later version.

Microsoft Exchange 2010 Setup requires that the computer that is used for Microsoft Exchange server roles be running Windows Server 2008 SP2 or a later version.

To resolve this issue, do the following:

  • Run Exchange 2010 Setup from a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 SP2 or a later version.

  • Upgrade the computer where you want to install Exchange 2010 server roles to Windows Server 2008 SP2 or a later version.

For more information about Windows Server 2008 SP2, see the Windows Server 2008 technical documentation at