Home Designer Minimum System Requirements


Reference Number: KB-01095
Last Modified: August 1, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


QUESTION

I have to replace my computer that I run Home Designer on. What are the system requirements for running the software?


ANSWER

While it may be possible to operate Home Designer on a computer that does not meet these minimum system requirements, Chief Architect, Inc. will not support any configuration that is not listed below.


For tips on buying a new computer, please visit our current version System Requirements page.


Home Designer 2019

Version 17, released in 2018

  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7 (64-bit)
    Mac OSX 10.12 / 10.13 (Sierra / High Sierra)
  • Multi-core processor
  • RAM - 4 GB RAM (minimum) / 16 GB (recommended)
  • 5 GB available hard disk space (minimum) / 50 GB (recommended)
  • Video Card
    1 GB of dedicated video card memory (minimum) or 4th generation or newer Intel Integrated Graphics Controller / 4 GB or 8 GB gaming video card (recommended)
    OpenGL 3.3 or higher (Windows)
    OpenGL 4.1 or higher (Mac)
  • Internet Access required for installation, license authentication, deactivation, video, and library catalog access.
    Internet access for license validation is required once every 30 days; for Home Designer Pro, license validation is required once every 14 days.


Home Designer 2018

Version 16, released in 2017

  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7 (64-bit)
    Mac OSX 10.11 / 10.12 (El Capitan / Sierra)
  • Multi-core processor
  • RAM - 4 GB RAM (minimum) / 16 GB (recommended)
  • 5 GB available hard disk space (minimum) / 50 GB (recommended)
  • Video Card
    At least 512MB of dedicated video memory (minimum) or 4th generation or newer Intel Integrated Graphics Controller / 4 GB or 8 GB gaming video card (recommended)
    OpenGL 3.3 or higher (Windows)
    OpenGL 4.1 or higher (Mac)
  • Internet Access required for installation, license authentication, deactivation, video, and library catalog access.
    Internet access for license validation is required once every 30 days; for Home Designer Pro, license validation is required once every 14 days.


Home Designer 2017

Version 15, released in 2016

  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7
    Mac OSX 10.10 / 10.11 (Yosemite / El Capitan)
  • Multi-core processor
  • 4 GB RAM (64-bit) / 2 GB of RAM (32-bit)
  • 5 GB available hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.1 or newer
    512 MB dedicated video memory / Integrated Graphics
    Integrated Intel chipset graphics must have a driver from 2014 or newer on Windows 7 & Windows 8.
    For Windows 10, the video driver must be compatible with Windows 10 and newer than 7-29-2015.
  • Internet Access required for installation, license authentication, deactivation, video and library catalog access. Internet access for license validation is required once every 30 days; for Home Designer Pro, license validation is required once every 14 days.


Home Designer 2016

Version 14, released in 2015

  • Windows 7 / 8 / 10 (32- or 64-bit) or
    Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 (Mavericks / Yosemite)
  • 2.4 GHz processor or Multi-Core Processor
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 2 GB of RAM (32-bit) / 4 GB of RAM (64-bit)
  • 512 MB of dedicated video memory or Integrated Graphics

    Integrated Intel chipset graphics must have a driver from 2012 or newer on Windows 7 & Windows 8.
    For Windows 10, the video driver must be compatible with Windows 10 and newer than 7-29-2015.

  • Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768
  • High speed Internet for registration, license authentication, deactivation, video and library catalog access
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)

Home Designer 2015

Version 13, released in 2014

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (32- or 64-bit) or
    Mac OS X v10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • 2.4 GHz processor or Multi-Core Processor
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 2 GB of RAM (32-bit); 4GB of RAM (64-bit)
  • 512 MB of dedicated video memory or Integrated Graphics

    Integrated Intel chipset graphics must have a driver from 2012 or newer.

  • Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768
  • High speed Internet for registration, license authentication, deactivation, video and library catalog access
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)

Home Designer 2014

Version 12, released in 2012

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (32- or 64-bit)
    Windows XP (32-bit only)
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 256 MB of dedicated video memory supporting OpenGL 2.1 or higher

    Integrated chipset graphics not supported.

  • Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768
  • High speed Internet for registration, video access, content downloads
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)

Home Designer 2012

Version 11, released in 2011

  • Windows Vista / 7 (32- or 64-bit)
    Windows XP (32-bit only)
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 256 MB of dedicated video memory supporting OpenGL 2.1 or higher

    Integrated chipset graphics not supported.

  • High speed Internet for registration, video access, content downloads
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)

Home Designer 10

Released in 2010

  • Windows XP / Vista /  7
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 256 MB of dedicated video memory supporting OpenGL 2.0 or higher

    Integrated chipset graphics not supported.

  • High speed Internet for registration, video access, content downloads
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)

Home Designer 9

Released in 2009

  • Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 256 MB of dedicated video memory supporting OpenGL 2

    Integrated chipset graphics not supported.

  • High speed Internet for registration, video access
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)

Home Designer 8

Released in 2007

  • Windows XP / Vista
  • 1.2 GHz processor 
  • 1.5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 1 GB of RAM when running Vista
  • 512 MB of RAM when running XP
  • A DVD-ROM drive

    Integrated chipset graphics not supported.



Home Designer 7

Released in 2005

  • Windows 98 SE / 2000 / XP
  • 400 MHz processor
  • 800 MB of available disk space
  • 64 MB of RAM or greater
  • A CD-ROM drive

    Integrated chipset graphics not supported.


Home Designer 6

Released in 2003

  • Windows 98 SE / ME / NT / 2000 / XP
  • 400 MHz processor
  • 1 GB of available hard disk space for a full installation (400 MB to install without all available program content)
  • 64 MB of RAM
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 2-button mouse supported by Windows
  • Color monitor which supports 16-bit color

    Integrated chipset graphics not supported.


Chief Architect Home Edition 5.0

  • Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP
  • 256 MHz processor
  • 400MB of available hard disk space
  • 64MD of RAM
  • CD-Rom Drive
  • 2-button mouse supported by Windows
  • A color VGA, Super VGA, or higher resolution monitor supporting a minimum of 256 colors.