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 2017, 2018 and 2019.

 

2017

2018

2019

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  
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit (only) Check Box Icon Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
Microsoft Products
Internet Explorer IE11 IE 11 IE 11
Excel and Word 2010, 2013,
2016 (2016 SP 3)
2010, 2013, 2016 2010, 2013, 2016
Hardware
RAM 16 GB or More
PDM Contributor or Viewer: 8 GB or more
PDM Web Client or Web Server: 8 GB or more

ECC RAM Recommended
Video Card Certified Cards and Drivers
Processor 3.3 GHz or higher
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.

 

2017

2018

2019

Operating Systems
Windows Server 2016 Check Box Icon 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  
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 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 7, 64-bit All Products SOLIDWORKS 2010 SP1  SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5
Windows Server 2016 PDM, Network License Server  SOLIDWORKS 2017 SP2  Active
Windows Server 2012 R2 PDM, Network License Server  SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP3  SOLIDWORKS 2019 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
IE 11 All Products SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended) SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2013 SOLIDWORKS, PDM SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP4 SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5
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. 

 

2017

2018

2019

Operating Systems
Windows Server 2016 Check Box Icon 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  
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 Check Box Icon    
SQL Server Platform
SQL 2017   Check Box Icon Check Box Icon
SQL 2016 Check Box Icon 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. End Of Life (EOL) corresponds to the last SOLIDWORKS release where a Microsoft product is supported (This is synchronized with the Microsoft Mainstream Support End Date). SOLIDWORKS releases after the EOL are not supported for the said Microsoft product and SOLIDWORKS installation is blocked in the case of an operating system.
  2. SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle defines the End Of Support for SOLIDWORKS versions.
  3. SolidWorks recommends using the latest Microsoft Service Pack of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.
  4. SolidWorks recommends using a Windows Server operating system for all SOLIDWORKS server-based products.
  5. Windows Server operating system support applies to Standard and Enterprise editions only.
  6. Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported.
  7. Microsoft Office 'Click-To-Run' feature is supported for SOLIDWORKS 2017 and later.
  8. Apple Mac ® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported.
  9. SOLIDWORKS 2018 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 requires the Microsoft April 2014 update
  10. It is not recommended to install any instances of other applications on the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive or Database Server. For PDM Professional, it is recommended the Archive and Database servers are two separate, dedicated machines.
  11. To ensure optimum performance, it is not recommended to install anti-virus software on the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault computer.
  12. Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media will only be provided on request. Please contact your Reseller.

 

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