System Requirements and Information

This release of Solid Edge has been certified to run on the following:

Operating System Requirements

Latest system requirements can be found on
https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/solid-edge/design/system_requirements.shtml

This release of Solid Edge has been certified to run on the following:

  • Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional (64-bit only) with Service Pack 1.
  • Windows 8 or 8.1 Pro or Enterprise (64-bit only). Windows 8 (home) and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Internet Explorer 10 or 11 (IE 8 meets minimum requirements).

NOTE: Solid Edge ST8 is 64-bit only. Solid Edge ST6 was the last release of 32-bit Solid Edge.

Solid Edge stops certifying new releases against an operating system shortly after Microsoft drops mainstream support for it. Solid Edge ST8 will not install on Windows Vista or Windows XP. Microsoft dropped mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015; however Solid Edge ST8 continues to support Windows 7.

NOTE: Solid Edge ST9 will be the last Solid Edge release to support Windows 7.

Windows 10 is scheduled to release in late 2015 after Solid Edge ST8 is released. We will test ST8 on Windows 10 and plan to announce support of Windows 10 with Internet Explorer 11 in ST9 and in an ST8 Maintenance Pack after testing is completed and any critical issues are resolved. Solid Edge will not support the new Windows 10 browser, Microsoft Edge (codenamed Spartan).

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Hardware System Requirements

This release of Solid Edge has been certified to run on the following:

Recommended system configuration:

  • 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system.
  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • True Color (32-bit) or 16 million colors (24-bit).
  • True Color (32-bit) or 16 million colors (24-bit).

Minimum system configuration:

  • Any of the above 64-bit operating systems .
  • 2 GB RAM or more.
  • 65K colors.
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 or higher.
  • 4.9 GB of disk space is required to install Solid Edge.

It is not recommended that you run Solid Edge on Server operating systems. Solid Edge is not supported on Intel Itanium processors. It is not recommended that you run Solid Edge on Server operating systems. Solid Edge is not supported on Intel Itanium processors.

Internet Explorer is not required to be the default browser.

Some Solid Edge commands require Microsoft Excel. Solid Edge stops testing with Microsoft products shortly after Microsoft drops mainstream support for them. Microsoft dropped mainstream support for Office 2007 in October 2012. On ST8, we recommend Microsoft Office Professional 2010 or 2013.

For more information on Solid Edge ST8 operating system and 3rd party support, go to Solid_Edge_ST8_Certification.xls.

Display System Requirements and Information

Solid Edge runs on graphics drivers that support Windows 7 or Windows 8. Contact your graphics driver manufacturer to determine whether their graphics adapter/driver supports these operating systems.

For optimal performance, it is recommended to use a professional graphics card that is designed for CAD applications. For information about cards used in testing Solid Edge and results, refer to graphics certification table.

At least a 256MB graphic card is recommended when working with large assemblies or complex parts.

Note that running with extremely high screen resolution and color depth increases the memory requirements on the system and may result in apparent performance degradation. If experienced, reconfigure the display system to the recommended resolution and color depth for improved performance.

When running Solid Edge, if you experience an abnormally high abort rate, parts disappearing, or other graphic anomalies you may not be using the appropriate graphics driver. For more details, refer to graphics certification table.

Also setting Display Fonts to Large Fonts or Extra Large Fonts (larger than 96 DPI) may cause some Solid Edge user interface items to not display as intended. Recommendation to resolve these would be to use Normal Fonts (96 DPI).

A wide-screen ribbon layout has been added for Solid Edge. This new ribbon layout is optimal for horizontal screen resolutions set to 1920 or above. Solid Edge automatically detects your resolution and sets the ribbon layout to wide-screen starting at horizontal resolutions 1600 and above. You will see some group collapsing on the right side of the Ribbon on resolutions between 1600 and 1920.

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