DriveWorks Pro 17: Prerequisites [send feedback...]

Hardware

CPUIntel or AMD with SSE2 support.

See Note below.

RAM8GB or more recommended.

See Note below.

Hard Disk300MB required for installation.

See Note below.

GraphicsA DirectX 11 approved graphics card, which must be SOLIDWORKS certified if working with SOLIDWORKS.

See Note below.

Network (if using DriveWorks in a shared environment)

100Mb or faster network card.

Microsoft Active Directory Domain.

Please Note

When using DriveWorks on a machine with SOLIDWORKS installed, please refer to the SOLIDWORKS system requirements for recommended hardware details.

Please refer to the section SOLIDWORKS>SOLIDWORKS System Requirements in the knowledge base article Info: Third PartyInformation And Downloads for details.

Operating Systems

32-bit Operating Systems

Support for 32-bit Operating Systems has ended.

DriveWorks 17 and onwards will only install on 64-bit Operating Systems.

When installing DriveWorks alongside SOLIDWORKS please check SOLIDWORKS System Requirements.
Operating SystemSupported VersionNotes
Windows® 7SP1 64-bit (Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate)

Microsoft has ended mainstream support for this OS.

A DriveWorks fix that is dependent on a Microsoft Windows fix cannot be provided unless the machine that DriveWorks is installed on is covered by a Microsoft extended support contract.

Please see Windows lifecycle fact sheet for more information.

Windows® 8.164-bit (Professional/Enterprise)

Microsoft has ended mainstream support for this OS.

A DriveWorks fix that is dependent on a Microsoft Windows fix cannot be provided unless the machine that DriveWorks is installed on is covered by a Microsoft extended support contract.

Please see Windows lifecycle fact sheet for more information.

Windows® 1064-bit (Professional/Enterprise)
Windows® Server

2016

2019

Please see Supported DriveWorks Versions for a full list of previous DriveWorks versions and the operating systems each has been tested with.

Operating System Components

ComponentSupported VersionNotes
.NET Framework4.6.1
Will be installed if it is not already installed. To download separately please see the knowledge base article Info: Third Party Information And Downloads.
DirectX®11
Will be installed if it is not already installed. To download separately please see the knowledge base article Info: Third Party Information And Downloads.

Databases

DatabaseSupported VersionNotes
SQL Server® Compact Edition4.0
Will be installed if it is not already installed. To download separately please see the knowledge base article Info: Third Party Information And Downloads.
SQL Server® Express

2012

2014

2016

2017

Microsoft has ended mainstream support for 2012.

A DriveWorks fix that is dependent on a Microsoft Windows fix cannot be provided unless the machine that DriveWorks is installed on is covered by a Microsoft extended support contract.

Please see SQL Server Release Services for more information.

SQL Server® Standard or higher editions

2012

2014

2016

2017

Microsoft has ended mainstream support for 2012.

A DriveWorks fix that is dependent on a Microsoft Windows fix cannot be provided unless the machine that DriveWorks is installed on is covered by a Microsoft extended support contract.

Please see SQL Server Release Services for more information.

Cloud Services

Cloud ServiceNotes
Microsoft AzureAll DriveWorks modules are supported to run on Microsoft Azure Virtual machines with a Windows Server operating system listed above.

DriveWorks Shared Groups are supported to run on Microsoft Azure SQL Database.

For more information on working with Microsoft Azure please see How To: Microsoft Azure.

CAD

CAD ApplicationSupported VersionNotes
SOLIDWORKS

2017 (must use DriveWorks 14 SP2 or newer)

2018 (must use DriveWorks 15 SP2 or newer)

2019 (must use DriveWorks 16 SP2 or newer)

2020 (must use DriveWorks 17 SP2 or newer)

SOLIDWORKS is only required on the machines that are required to capture SOLIDWORKS models and drawings (through DriveWorks Administrator), or to generate SOLIDWORKS models and drawings (through DriveWorks Administrator, DriveWorks User or DriveWorks Autopilot).
Service Packs

We always recommend installing the most recent service pack for the SOLIDWORKS version you are running.

Please check SOLIDWORKS System Requirements for SOLIDWORKS supported hardware, operating system and Microsoft products. Please see Info: Third Party Information And Downloads for link.
SolidWorks Product Data Management

Please see Info: SolidWorks Product Data Management for the supported versions of PDM products.

Software

SoftwareSupported VersionNotes
Microsoft Office

2010

2013

2016

2019

The Microsoft Office Plan (Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Business, etc.) installed must include desktop versions of the applications being automated (Word/ Excel).

Microsoft Office Starter Edition is not supported.

Microsoft Office is only required on the machines that are required to capture Microsoft Office Documents (through DriveWorks Administrator), or to generate Microsoft Office Documents (through DriveWorks Administrator, DriveWorks User or DriveWorks Autopilot).
Web Browser
  • Internet Explorer 11 and higher (when running Windows desktop OS).
  • Microsoft Edge for Windows 10.
  • Google Chrome - please ensure the latest released version is installed.
  • Firefox - please ensure the latest released version is installed.
  • Safari (Safari for Windows is not supported).
  • Opera browser - please ensure the latest released version is installed.
A Web Browser is only required when running Personal Web Edition (through DriveWorks Administrator) or when accessing or running a project over the internet (through DriveWorks Live).

Virtualization and Remote Desktop

DriveWorks products are supported on virtual and remote environments as long as the guest operating system meets the requirements set out above.

However, when utilizing DriveWorks 3D (either with a DriveWorks 3D File or using the 3D Preview Box control) only the following operating systems are supported:

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019
The following operating systems are NOT supported in a virtual environment when using DriveWorks 3D:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008

This is due to limitations of the operating systems when virtualized.

Also when utilizing the SOLIDWORKS capabilities of DriveWorks (for example Capture and Model Generation), please check SOLIDWORKS Support for Virtual Environments.

The link can be found under the heading SOLIDWORKS System Requirements in the topic Info: Third Party Information And Downloads.

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