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.

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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 2014 SOLIDWORKS 2015 SOLIDWORKS 2016
Windows 10 64-bit (2015 SP5)
Windows 8.1 64-bit (2014 SP1)
Windows 8 64-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 7 32-bit

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 required
Install Media DVD Drive or Broadband Internet Connection
Microsoft Products
Internet Explorer IE 8, 9, 10, 11 IE 9, 10 ,11 IE 10 ,11
Excel and Word 2007, 2010, 2013 2010, 2013 2010, 2013, (2016 SP3)


Supported Anti-Virus Products


Microsoft Windows networking. Novell networks and non-Windows network storage devices are not supported

Virtual Environments

Supported Virtual Environments

SOLIDWORKS Network License Server
Windows 10 64-bit (2015 SP5)
Windows 8.1 64-bit (2014 SP1)
Windows 8 64-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 7 32-bit
Windows Server 2012 R2 (2014 SP3)
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2008



  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 not supported

  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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