“If you look at the historical record, you will find that NVIDIA does not comment on such matters.”.
This is perfectly OK, but I believe that it would save much time if the download page mentioned WHAT the current version expects! The installer issues some messages, which I find rather imperfect, such as:
If you don’t install MSV Studio, then /something/ will not work.
The installer couldn’t find a usable Studio.
WHAT will not work? WHICH versions are good? I had 14.0 (Studio '15, Community), and two versions of Express. Nothing worked.
The life with several incompatible versions of Visual Studio is difficult. The message “missing vcvarsall.bat” or similar, has annoyed many people. Yes, we are given some good quality software for free, and we should be grateful and polite. But we might humbly ask that such details as detailed system requirements, and “missing something” diagnoses be more explicit.