Operating System Requirements

Windows Operating Systems

Windows 8 system requirements

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB available hard disk space (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Windows 7 system requirements

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 40 GB available hard disk space (80 GB if bitlocker enabled)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Windows XP system requirements

  • Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
  • At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)
  • At least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk
  • Video adapter and monitor with Super VGA (800 x 600)or higher resolution


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Macintosh Operating Systems

Mac OS X 10.8 system requirements

  • 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor or higher
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of hard disk space
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later

Mac OS X 10.7 system requirements

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later with the Mac App Store installed
  • At least 4GB of additional disk space to accommodate the download

Mac OS X 10.6 system requirements

  • Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 5GB of available disk space
  • DVD drive for installation


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