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System Requirements

These requirements apply to all SOLIDWORKS products except where noted. This information will help ensure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products.

SOLIDWORKS Products for Windows

perating Systems SOLIDWORKS 2016
(EDU 2016-2017)
SOLIDWORKS 2017
(EDU 2017-2018)
SOLIDWORKS 2018
(EDU 2018-2019)
Windows 10, 64-bit
Windows 8.1, 64-bit
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
Hardware
RAM 8GB or more recommended
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
Microsoft Products
Internet Explorer IE 10,11 IE 11 IE 11
Excel and Word 2010, 2013,
2016 (SW2016 SP3)
2010, 2013, 2016 2010, 2013, 2016
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 

eDrawings for Mac

Operating Systems eDrawings 2016 eDrawings 2017 eDrawings 2018
Mac 10.12
Mac 10.11
Mac 10.10

 

SOLIDWORKS Server Products

Operating Systems SOLIDWORKS 2016 SOLIDWORKS 2017 SOLIDWORKS 2018
Windows Server 2016 (2017 SP2)
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1

 

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server

SQL Server Platform Electrical 2016 Electrical 2017 Electrical 2018
SQL 2017
SQL 2016
SQL 2014
SQL 2012

 

Microsoft Products

Microsoft Products Start of Life End Of Life 2
Windows 10, 64-bit 2015 SP5 Active
Windows 8.1, 64-bit 2014 SP1 2018 SP5
Windows 8.0, 64-bit 2013 SP0 2015 SP5
Windows 7, 64-bit 2010 SP1 Active
Windows 7, 32-bit 2010 SP1 2014 SP5
Windows Vista, 64-bit 2008 SP3.1 2013 SP5
Windows Vista, 32-bit 2008 SP0 2013 SP5
Windows XP, 64-bit 2006 SP4 2012 SP5
Windows XP, 32-bit 2001Plus SP0 2013 SP5
Windows Server 2016 2017 SP2 Active
Windows Server 2012 R2 2014 SP3 2019 SP05
Windows Server 2012 2014 SP0 2018 SP05
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 2009 2017 SP05
Windows Server 2008 2008 2014 SP5
SQL Server 2017 2018 SP0 Active
SQL Server 2016 2017 SP0 Active
SQL Server 2014 2015 SP0 Active
SQL Server 2012 2013 SP2 Active
SQL Server 2008 R2 2010 SP4 2017 SP5
IE 11 2014 SP3 Active
IE 10 2013 SP0 2016 SP5
IE 9 2011 SP4 2015 SP5
IE 8 2009 SP5 2014 SP5
Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended) 2016 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2013 2013 SP4 2020 SP5
Excel, Word 2010 2010 SP5 2018 SP5
Excel, Word 2007 2008 SP1 2014 SP5

 

Notes:

  1. Electrical Server 2016 isn’t supported on Windows Server 2012 R2.
  2. 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.
  3. SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle defines the End Of Support for SOLIDWORKS versions.
  4. SolidWorks recommends using the latest Microsoft Service Pack of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.
  5. SolidWorks recommends using a Windows Server operating system for all SOLIDWORKS server-based products.
  6. Windows Server operating system support applies to Standard and Enterprise editions only.
  7. Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported.
  8. Microsoft Office ‘Click-To-Run’ feature is supported for SOLIDWORKS 2017 and later.
  9. Apple Macintosh® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported.
  10. SOLIDWORKS 2018 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 requires the Microsoft April 2014 update