Boost Binaries For Windows
Starting with 1.54.0 binaries are available packaged in the installers available here (pervious versions listed are packages of individual libraries for use with the deprecated boost-pro installer). These installers provide the listed binaries along with the complete source release (headers, source, documentation, tests, tools), so there is no need to install that from a zip file first.
The _b1, _b2, etc directories are the betas. In each release there is a log of the build output showing any errors. There is also a file "DEPENDENCY_VERSIONS.txt" that lists the versions of visual studio, python, etc that were used for the build.
Also in each release directory is a SHA256SUMS file file which provide the hashes of each installer to ensure that they are not tampered with or otherwise corrupted. The SHA256SUMS.asc is the same file, cryptographically signed with the key of Thomas Kent (Tom) <firstname.lastname@example.org>, keybase Fingerprint: 54B5 88A1 4070 BEC2 6DEE F539 EE42 C302 FB61 94A8 .
Visual Studio Versions
old_monolithic/boost_1_38_0*- oldest windows build with: msvc-7.1, msvc-8.0, msvc-9.0
old_monolithic/boost_1_43_0*- support of msvc-10.0
old_monolithic/boost_1_44_0*- final supported version of msvc-7.1
old_monolithic/boost_1_49_0*- added support for zlib and bzip2
old_monolithic/boost_1_52_0*- support of msvc-11.0
1.55.0/- support of msvc-12.0
1.59.0/- support of msvc-14.0 (libraries built with msvc-14.0 do not support windows XP)
1.64.0/- support of msvc-14.1