Changes to System Requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2016

With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2016, 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 2016 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 2016.

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
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
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

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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