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System Requirements for SOLIDWORKS CAD Workstations

We are often asked to advise on the best hardware to run SOLIDWORKS and your other CAE applications on. The answer will invariably depend on the type of work your company does, the size and the complexity of the models and drawings which you will create.

One thing, however, is certain. The criteria used when selecting hardware for CAE Applications is different to the criteria used when selecting hardware for gaming or for general 'office' applications to run. This is especially the case when selecting a Graphics Card. There are any number of Graphic Cards released each year but only those designed for Workstations / CAD usage should be considered for a CAD / CAE workstation.

SOLID Applications have defined a selection of Workstations and Mobile Workstations as solutions to run SOLIDWORKS. We are able to provide the best possible prices for this class of machines. We have chosen a selection of specifications which are outlined below, but these are subject to change at any time. Please see our SOLIDWORKS Worksations page for further information. Alternatively Workstations and Mobile Workstations are available to purchase via our Online Store.

For information on the system requirements for SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, click here.

System Requirements

Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products.

Operating Systems SOLIDWORKS 2013 SOLIDWORKS 2014 SOLIDWORKS 2015
Windows 7 64-bit (SP1 required for
Windows 7 32-bit (SP1 required for
Windows 8.1 (64-bit only) (2014 SP1)
Windows 8 (64-bit only)
Windows Vista


Minimum Hardware

RAM 8GB or more and 64-bit operating system recommended
Disk Space 5 GB or more
Video Card Certified cards and drivers
Processor Intel or AMD with SSE2 support. 64-bit operating system recommended
Microsoft Products
Internet Explorer IE 8, 9, 10 IE 8, 9, 10 ,11 IE 9, 10 ,11
Excel and Word 2007, 2010 2007, 2010, 2013 2010, 2013
Network Microsoft Windows networking. Novell networks and non-Windows network storage devices are not supported
SOLIDWORKS Network License Server
Windows 7 32-bit (SP1 required for
Windows 7 64-bit (SP1 required for
Windows 8.1 (64-bit only) (2014 SP1)
Windows 8 (64-bit only)
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1
required for SOLIDWORKS 2014)

Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2 (2014 SP3)


Support for Virtual Environments and Storage Appliances (NAS and SAN)

Due to the many configurations and wide variety of virtual applications, Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Storage Area Network (SAN) appliances, it is not possible for SOLIDWORKS to replicate all the permutations. SOLIDWORKS therefore cannot certify the use of SOLIDWORKS products operating in a virtual environment and on NAS and SAN devices.

The Enterprise PDM Vault, Workgroup Vault, and SNL license servers may operate without issue in these environments, however such configurations are unsupported.


  • Windows Home Editions are not supported

  • Apple Macintosh®-based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported

  • Office 2010 feature 'Click-To-Run' is not supported

  • We recommend using the latest Microsoft SP of Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and .Net. Check the SOLIDWORKS Release Notes for any exceptions or specific requirements

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