Home Designer Minimum System Requirements


Reference Number: KB-01095
Last Modified: September 21, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

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


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.

To see current system requirements please visit our System Requirements page.


Home Designer 2017

Version 15, released in 2016

  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7
    Mac OSX 10.10 / 10.11 (Yosemite / El Capitan)
  • Multi-core processor
  • 4GB RAM (64-bit) / 2GB of RAM (32-bit)
  • 5GB 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) / 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 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 needs to be 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.