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The following are the minimum system requirements for ArtiosCAD 18. Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase. Running ArtiosCAD on a system that does not meet these requirements is not supported.

Minimum requirements

Minimum System Requirements for ArtiosCAD 18
Processor type and speed  ArtiosCAD 2DIntel® Core 2 Duo: 2.4 GHz, 2.4 GHz 
ArtiosCAD 3D - Animation2.4 GHZ - 64 bit 
ArtiosCAD 3D - 3D Data Exchange3.0 GHz - 64 bit 

4 GB

ArtiosCAD 3D - 3D Data Exchange8 GB

16G when opening files 500M-1G

16G+ on systems running many applications concurrently

Available hard drive space

ArtiosCAD installation10 GB (+1 GB on C drive) 
ArtiosCAD Enterprise Client+100 GB+200 GB
Graphics card and video drivers

ArtiosCAD 3D requires a display adapter/graphics card that is OpenGL and Direct-X compliant.

If CAD-X is used in a server environment, the graphics card must still match the above memory requirement. Server-class machines generally do not have high quality or memory graphics cards as standard issue.

1 GB 2G+
Minimum screen resolution

1024 x 768 resolution at 16-bit color depth.

FHD 1920x1080
WUXGA 1920x1200

System text scale/zoom size no more than 125%.  150% or higher may be attempted if the display results are satisfactory.                                                             

For use with an external monitor, the system text zoom/scale size, must be set to the same value for each display/monitor for 3D to render correctly. Windows 7 uses the same size for both monitors whereas Windows 10 allows each monitor to be set separately.

UHD/4K has not been certified.   If such resolution is attempted on an external monitor, understand that the system text zoom/scale setting must match for 3D to render properly.  Text appearance may not be satisfactory at these resolutions if the recommended system text zoom/scale is not used.

I/O Ports and input devices


1 USB 
Internet connection 

TCP/IP v4 required. TCP/IP v6 is not supported.


ArtiosCAD Enterprise client communicating with central site at WAN speeds

T1 (1.544 Mbits/s)

HTTP at high QOS

T3 (44 Mbits/s)

Parallels Desktop or VMware® Fusion® is supported, but please be aware that Esko doesn't test all combinations of Mac® OS X and Parallels Desktop/VMware® Fusion®.

Only on an Intel® Mac®. Some limitations apply. The preferred 3D rendering mode is now OpenGL but use Direct3D in the event of unforeseen issues. Virtualized 3D rendering will not provide the same performance as native hardware.

Mac® Bootcamp has been tested to a certain point but is not officially supported for this ArtiosCAD release.


HP Machines preconfigured UEFI firmware:

Refer this article: Installation causes computer to crash with Blue Screen error for description and resolution.

Legacy BIOS 

Tablets like Surface Pro have not been certified. In many cases, this hardware does not match
the minimum required specifications. Screen sizes are also smaller than optimal and
compatibility scaling mode needs to be disabled.

Supported Databases

On 64-bit operating systems

ArtiosCAD 18 is certified for use with Microsoft® SQL Server 2014.

ArtiosCAD Standard Edition installs Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Express 64-bit Edition for new installations.

A localized SQL Server express 2012 must be installed on the same localized operating system.

For example: a German-language SQL Server 2012 must be installed on a German-language operating system. A German-language SQL Server 2012 cannot be installed on a French operating system.

There are some exceptions to this rule:

  • The English-language SQL Server 2012 can be installed on any localized OS.
  • A localized SQL Server 2012 can be installed on an English OS, provided the MUI pack has been configured properly.

See: for more details.

On 32-bit operating systems

For new installations on a 32-bit operating system, you will need to download SQL Server Express 2012 32-bit edition from the Microsoft website and manually install and configure your database before ArtiosCAD can be installed.

The DBA must create an instance called Esko, set the sa password to the default password, create a case-insensitive database called ArtiosCADdb and an ODBC entry called ArtiosCAD pointing to the Esko instance.

Before you start the installation of SQL Server 2012 on the database server, ensure that your operating system has been updated with the latest Windows service pack, and that it has all Windows Updates applied. During the installation process, SQL Server 2012 will connect to the Windows Update site and verify whether the operating system is up to date before it completes the installation. If the operating system is not up to date, this will result in a very long SQL Server 2012 installation time.

ArtiosCAD also supports:

  • Microsoft® SQL Server 2008, including 64-bit version
  • Microsoft® SQL Server 2005, including 64-bit version
  • Oracle® versions 9i or newer, including 12c.

Unsupported Databases

The following databases are not supported:

  • Microsoft® SQL Server 7, 2000 and MSDE
  • Microsoft® Access
  • Oracle® 7.3.2, 8, and 8i

Supported Operating Systems

Recommended operating systems are highlighted in green in the tables below.

If an operating system is not listed here, it is not supported. Do not try to install ArtiosCAD on a computer running an unsupported operating system.

Windows Server 2016



Windows Server 2016 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2016 DataCenter(tick)
Windows Server 2016 Essentials(error)

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials(error)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard (error)

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2012 Essentials(error)
Windows Server 2012 Foundation(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard (error)

Windows 10 (with limitations.  See Esko ArtiosCAD knowledge base for ArtiosCAD installation on windows 10).

Windows 10 Home(error)(error)
Windows 10 Pro(tick)(tick)
Windows 10 Enterprise(tick)(tick)
Fall Creators(tick)(tick)

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1(error)(error)
Windows 8.1 Pro(tick)(tick)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise(tick)(tick)
Windows RT(error)(error)

Windows 8

Windows 8(error)(error)
Windows 8 Pro(tick)(tick)
Windows 8 Enterprise(tick)(tick)
Windows RT(error)(error)

ArtiosCAD 18 will run as a standard Windows application.

Windows 7


 SP1 SP1
Windows 7 Professional





Windows 7 Enterprise





Windows 7 Ultimate





Windows 7 Home Basic(error)(error)(error)(error)
Windows 7 Home Premium(error)(error)(error)(error)

Windows updates

Esko has received some reports that with windows 7, 32-bit updates, the OS can restart when starting Esko software, ArtiosCAD included.

The updates appear to be related to some combination of the following:

These updates will include the spectre and meltdown updates. To avoid this, the update should not be applied or rolled back.

There are some known issues with the spectre and meltdown updates:

Please follow Microsoft's progress with future updates.

Some limitations apply. See the Release Notes.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard(tick)(tick)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise(tick)(tick)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter(tick)(tick)
Windows Small Business Server 2008(error)(error)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation(error)(error)
Windows Web Server 2008 R2(error)(error)
Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition(error)(error)

Some limitations apply. See the Release Notes.

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
  • Windows 2000 (all editions)
  • Windows XP (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • All home editions
  • ArtiosIO will now run on Windows 7 and newer OS.
System Requirements
Applies to


ArtiosCAD Enterprise




Last revised20-May-2018

Useful Links

Software downloads:

Software installation: ArtiosCAD 18.0 installation guide

Software installation: ArtiosCAD Enterprise 18.0 installation guide