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The following are the minimum system requirements for Color Pilot 23.03.
Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase.
Running Color Pilot on a system that does not meet these requirements is not supported.

Be aware that you require an i1iO spectrophotometer table to measure the Print Control Wizard test charts. See below for the details. 

Minimum requirements

Minimum System Requirements for Color Pilot 23.03
Processor type and speedOnly x64 (64-bit) compatible processors (Intel or AMD), minimum dual-core.

Minimum 8GB RAM.

For more info about memory limitations in Windows operating systems, please consult this table.

Available hard drive space

An NTFS volume is required. The software takes a maximum of 1 GB disk space. But take into account the need for storage of temporary and production data. A backup solution is strongly advised.


10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol. TCP/IP v6 protocol is not supported.

In order to use the PantoneLIVE cloud subscription service, an internet connection and a PantoneLIVE account are required.
Graphics card and video driversMinimum 1280 x 1024 resolution, true color depth.
VirtualizationNot supported.
Supported Spectrophotometers

The following spectrophotometers are supported via a USB port:

  • Barbieri Spectro Swing (no support for spot measurements!)
  • X-Rite Eye-One IO (generation 1, 2 and 3)
  • X-Rite Eye-One Pro (generation 1, 2 and 3)
  • X-Rite eXact:
    • Bluetooth connection is not supported!
    • An aperture of 2 mm is recommended for accurate measurements

Supported measurement conditions:


i1Pro 1 / i1iO 1st generation (non UV)


i1Pro 1 / i1iO 1st generation (UV)


i1Pro 2 / i1iO 2nd generation

i1Pro 3 / i1iO 3nd generation (*)vvv-
i1Pro 3 Plus/ i1iO 3nd generation (*)vvv-

eXact – spot mode (**)


eXact – scan mode (**)


Barbieri Spectro Swing


( * ) i1iO firmware 1.0.8 and driver version 3.0.0 required!
(**) USB connection only, Bluetooth is not supported!

Take care, not all spectrophotometers are supported for all types of measurements.

  • Measuring testcharts for printing conditions can only be done by a spectrophotometer table I1IO or a handheld I1Pro spectrophotometer in scanning mode, not by a handheld i1Pro in patch mode, an X-Rite eXact or a Barbieri Spectro.
  • An i1Pro 3 Plus, both handheld or mounted on a table, can only be used for measuring single color patches of the right size. That is because of the 8mm aperture. It cannot be used to measure profiles, testcharts of printing conditions, check and recalibrate of a proofer or any other automated testchart reading.

Check the manufacturer’s website for drivers available for your specific operating system.

Supported Operating Systems

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

If an operating system is not listed in the tables below, it is not supported. Do not try to install Color Pilot on a computer running an unsupported operating system.

Windows Server 2022

Windows Server 2022 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2022 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2022 Essentials(error)

Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2019 Essentials(error)

Windows Server 2016



Windows Server 2016 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2016 Essentials(error)
Windows Storage Server 2016(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


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 11

Windows 11 Home(error)
Windows 11 Pro(tick)
Windows 11 Enterprise(tick)

Windows 10

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

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • All 32-bit Windows Systems 
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions)

  • Windows Server 2008 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
  • Windows 8 and 8.1 (all editions)
  • Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows 2000 (all editions)
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