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Solid Edge ST3 operating system requirements and information

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Solid Edge ST3 has been certified to run on the following:

  • Windows XP Professional operating system (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista Business or Vista Enterprise operating system (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate or Professional (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Internet Explorer 8 (IE 6.0 meets minimum requirements)

 Note

Internet Explorer is not required to be the default browser.

The 64-bit version of Solid Edge requires Microsoft 64-bit Windows XP, 64-bit Vista, or 64-bit Windows 7 operating system on Intel EM64T or AMD64 processors.

Solid Edge is certified to run as a 32-bit application on 64-bit Windows XP, 64-bit Vista, or 64-bit Windows 7. If you run this configuration, please be aware of the following known issues:

  • The Status and Project tabs do not display on the File Properties dialog box if activated from Windows Explorer.
  •   Solid Edge Web Parts do not display if you run the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer. You are prompted to install the .NET framework. Use the 32-bit Internet Explorer as a work-around.

 Note

Solid Edge stops certifying new releases against an operating system shortly after Microsoft drops mainstream support for it. As a result, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 are not supported. Solid Edge will not install on these operating systems. It is not recommended that you run Solid Edge on Server operating systems.

 

Hardware system requirements

Solid Edge is not supported on Intel Itanium processors.

 

Windows XP recommended system configuration

  •  32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3
  • At least 2 GB RAM
  • True Color (32-bit) or 16 million colors (24-bit)
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)

 

Windows XP minimum system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3
  • At least 1GB RAM
  • 65K colors
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • 2.4 GB disk space required for installation

 

Vista recommended system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows Vista Business or Enterprise Service Pack 1 or 2
  • At least 2 GB RAM
  • True Color (32-bit) or 16 million colors (24-bit)
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • Windows Vista Aero requires a Direct X 9–class graphics processor that supports the following:
    • WDDM driver
    • Pixel Shader 2.0
    • 32 bits per pixel
    • 256 MB graphics memory

 

 Vista minimum system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows Vista Business or Enterprise
  • At least 1GB RAM
  • 65K Colors
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • 2.4 GB disk space required for installation

 

 Windows 7 recommended system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise
  • At least 2GB RAM
  • True Color (32–bit) or 16 million colors (24–bit)
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)

 

 Windows 7 minimum system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise
  • At least 1GB RAM
  • 65K Colors
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • 2.4 GB disk space required for installation

 

SSE2 Instruction Set

Solid Edge ST3 installation will check for the presence of a processor which supports SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2). Without the support for SSE2, the installation will fail.

The following is a list of common processors that support the SSE2 instruction set:

  • AMD K8–based CPUs (Athlon 64, Sempron 64, Turion 64, etc.)
  • AMD Phenom CPUs
  • Intel NetBurst-based CPUs (Pentium 4, Xeon, Celeron, CeleronD, etc)
  • Intel Pentium M and Celeron M
  • Intel Core-based CPUs (Core Duo, Core Solo, etc)
  • Intel Core 2-based CPUs (Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, etc)
  • Intel Core i7
  • Intel Atom

 Note

This not a comprehensive list, so consult your hardware manufacturer’s product information to ensure SSE2 is supported.

 

Windows 7 and Vista Recommendations

 Turn off User Account Control (UAC)

If you run the Windows 7 or Vista operating system, it is strongly recommended that you turn off User Account Control (UAC). If UAC is on, you may experience problems with slow network connections, problems with Solid Edge installation and removal, problems with licensing, Insight web parts, and others.

To turn off UAC in the Vista operating system, choose Control Panel®User Accounts and Family Safety®User Accounts. Set the User Account Control to Off.

To turn off UAC in the Windows 7 operating system, choose Control Panel®User Accounts. Click System and Security, then under Action Center, click Change User Account Control Settings. Set the User Account Control to Never Notify.

 Turn off Windows Vista Aero

If you will be working with View and Markup or the Solid Edge Viewer you should turn off Windows Vista Aero. To turn off Windows Vista Aero.

If Control Panel Home is selected at the far left of the screen, click Appearance and Personalization®Personalization®Window Color and Appearance.

If Classic View is selected at the far left of the screen, click Personalization®Window Color and Appearance.

If Window Color and Appearance is visible at the top of the window, click Open classic appearance properties for more color options. In the Appearance Settings window, change the color scheme from Windows Aero and click OK.

If Window Color and Appearance is not displayed at the top of the window, you should see Appearance Settings. Check to make sure the color scheme is not set to Windows Aero and click OK.

Note

 If you see the Appearance Settings dialog box instead of the Window Color and Appearance window, the theme might not be set to Windows Vista, the color scheme might not be set to Windows Aero, or the computer might not meet the minimum hardware requirements for running Windows Aero.

 

SQL Express 2008

If you installed Solid Edge ST2, SQL Express 2005 SP2 was loaded on your machine. With ST3, SQL Express 2008 is installed. SQL Express 2005 SP2 (which was installed with ST2) will not be removed in case you are using it with other applications. If you are not using SQL Express 2005 SP2, we recommend that you remove it via Control Panel®Add/Remove Programs.

 

Display System Requirements and Information

Solid Edge will run on graphics drivers that support Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7. For optimal performance, it is recommended to use a professional Graphics card that is designed for CAD applications. A 256MB graphic card or higher is recommended when working with large assemblies or complex parts.

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 details, visit http://support.ugs.com/online_library/certification/

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