Changes to System Requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2015

With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2015, users and IT departments need to be aware that the supported versions of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Windows Server have changed.

SOLIDWORKS CAD software will no longer install on Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or below and the SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager will no longer install on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or below. Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 or greater are supported.

Full details of SOLIDWORKS system requirements are below. We recommend users upgrade all operating system software where possible, prior to attempting a roll out of SOLIDWORKS 2015.

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

With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2014, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks announced that SOLIDWORKS 2014 was the last version of SOLIDWORKS that would install on Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit.

If you want to check if your version of Windows is supported, go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > System, where you will find your “Windows edition” and “System type” detailed.

If you would like new a quote for replacement hardware, please call 0121 544 1400. Alternatively, visit the “Hardware” page of our website for some outline specifications.

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