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.

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

2008 R2

2012

2012 R2

2016

2019

Microsoft has ended mainstream support for 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2.

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.

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.

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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