I have windows 10 which I know is little more than a virus in and of itself but I am in this boat and running After Effects. Every time I try to open the supposedly amazing cinema 4d, it gives me an error saying "AEGP Plunin cineware scenelayer: cinerender-connection failure. (5027::12)
What version of AE are you trying to use?
If it's CC 2015, try using CC 2014 and see if it behaves.