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 2015 SOLIDWORKS 2016 SOLIDWORKS 2017
Windows 10 64-bit (2015 SP5)
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Windows 8 64-bit
Windows 7 64-bit

Minimum 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 9, 10, 11 IE 10 ,11 IE 10 ,11
Excel and Word 2010, 2013 2010, 2013, 2016 (2016 SP3) 2010, 2013, 2016


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
Windows 8 64-bit
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit only
Windows Server 2016 (2017 SP2)
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1


Microsoft Products

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


  1. 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
  2. Windows Server Operating System support applies to Standard and Enterprise Editions only
  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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