Hardware & System Requirements

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To make sure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS supported and optimized system, use one of the following compatibility charts: SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Network License Server, Microsoft Products or SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server.

SOLIDWORKS

View compatible Operating Systems, Microsoft Products, Hardware and other supported resources for SOLIDWORKS 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

2016

2017

2018

Operating Systems
Windows 10, 64-bit Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows 8.1, 64-bit Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit (only) Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Microsoft Products
Internet Explorer IE10,11 IE 11 IE 11
Excel and Word 2010, 2013,
2016 (2016 SP 3)
2010, 2013, 2016 2010, 2013, 2016
Hardware
RAM 8 GB or More
Video Card Certified Cards and Drivers
Processor Intel or AMD with SSE2 Support (64-bit Operating System Required)
Install Media DVD Drive or Broadband Internet Connection
Other
Anti-Virus Supported Anti-Virus Products
Network Microsoft Windows Networking
(Novell Networks and Non-Windows Network Storage Devices are Not Supported)
Virtual Environments Supported Virtual Environments


SOLIDWORKS Network License Server

View compatible Windows Operating Systems for SOLIDWORKS 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

2016

2017

2018

Operating Systems
Windows Server 2016   Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows Server 2012 R2 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows Server 2012 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon  


Microsoft Products

See what releases of Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Excel and Word are compatible and supported by SOLIDWORKS Products.

Microsoft Products SOLIDWORKS Products Start of Life End of Life (2)
Windows 10, 64-bit All Products  SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5 Active
Windows 8.1, 64-bit All Products  SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP1 SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP5
Windows 8.0, 64-bit All Products  SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP0  SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5
Windows 7, 64-bit All Products SOLIDWORKS 2010 SP1   Active
Windows 7, 32-bit SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2010 SP1 SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP5
Windows Vista, 64-bit All Products SOLIDWORKS 2008 SP3.1 SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP5
Windows Vista, 32-bit All Products SOLIDWORKS 2008 SP0  SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP5
Windows XP, 64-bit All Products  SOLIDWORKS 2006 SP4 SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP5
Windows XP, 32-bit All Products  SOLIDWORKS 2001 Plus SP0  SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP5
Windows Server 2012 R2 PDM, Network License Server  SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP3  SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP05
Windows Server 2012 PDM, Network License Server  SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP0  SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP05
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 PDM, Network License Server SOLIDWORKS 2009 SOLIDWORKS 2017 SP05
Windows Server 2008 PDM, Network License Server SOLIDWORKS 2008 SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP5
IE 11 All Products SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP3 Active
IE 10 All Products SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP0 SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP5
IE 9 All Products SOLIDWORKS 2011 SP4 SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5
IE 8 All Products SOLIDWORKS 2009 SP5 SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP5
Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended) SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2013 SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP4 Active
Excel, Word 2010 SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2010 SP5 SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP5
Excel, Word 2007 SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2008 SP1 SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP5


SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server

View compatible Operating Systems and SQL Server Platforms for SOLIDWORKS 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

 

2016

2017

2018

Operating Systems
Windows Server 2012 R2     Check Box Icon
Windows Server 2012 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
SQL Server Platform
SQL 2017     Check Box Icon
SQL 2016   Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
SQL 2014 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
SQL 2012 Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon


Notes

  1. Windows Server Operating System support applies to Standard and Enterprise Editions only
  2. End Of Life corresponds to the last SOLIDWORKS release where a Microsoft Product is supported. SOLIDWORKS releases after this are not supported and for operating systems, SOLIDWORKS installation is blocked
  3. SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle defines the End Of Support for SOLIDWORKS versions
  4. Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported
  5. Microsoft Office 'Click-To-Run' feature is supported for SOLIDWORKS 2017 and later
  6. We recommend using the latest Microsoft SP of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer
  7. Apple Macintosh® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported

 

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