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Windows 8.1 was the most common version at the time of writing. Any edition should do.
Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition is freely available from http://www.visualstudio.com/.
The Netwide Assembler
Download the latest zip from here.
Copy nasm.exe from the zip file to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\VC\bin or similar path depending on your system.
Launch Visual Studio. Open the Team Explorer panel. Clone a new local git repository.
Open the boot.sln solution and switch to the Solution Explorer panel.
Right Click on the solution and select build.