Minimum Computer Specifications


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OS Requirements

Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional, or Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T))

Minimum Hardware Requirements

ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcEditor
CPU Speed 2.2 GHz minimum or higher; Hyper-threading (HHT) or Multi-core recommended
Processor Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, or Xeon Processors; SSE2 (or greater)Run this Microsoft utility from your Windows command prompt to check your processor.

See Dual or dual-core support policy.
Memory/RAM 2 GB or higher
Display Properties 24 bit color depth
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi)
Swap Space Determined by the operating system, 500 MB minimum.
Disk Space 2.4 GB
In addition, up to 50 MB of disk space maybe needed in the Windows System directory (typically C:WindowsSystem32). You can view the disk space requirement for each of the 10.0 components in the Setup program.

If using ArcGlobe (as part of 3D Analyst), additional disk space may be required. ArcGlobe will create cache files when used.
Video/Graphics Adapter Check your computer’s ability to run ArcGIS
64 MB RAM minimum, 256 MB RAM or higher recommended.  NVIDIA, ATI and INTEL chipsets supported24 bit capable graphics acceleratorOpenGL version 2.0 runtime or higher is required, and Shader Model 3.0 or higher is recommended.  Be sure to use the latest available driver.
Networking Hardware Simple TCP/IP, Network Card or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for the License Manager.

  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 must be installed prior to installing ArcGIS Desktop.
  • Internet Explorer Requirement:
    • ArcGIS Desktop requires a minimum installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 7.0 or 8.0. If you do not have an installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 7.0/8.0, you must obtain and install it prior to installing ArcGIS Desktop.
  • Python Requirement for Geoprocessing:
    ArcGIS Desktop geoprocessing tools require that Python 2.6.x and Numerical Python 1.3.0 are installed. If the ArcGIS Desktop setup does not find either Python 2.6.x or Numerical Python (NumPy) 1.3.0 installed on the target computer, Python 2.6.5 and Numerical Python 1.3.0 will be installed during a complete installation. You can choose a Custom installation to unselect the Python feature and avoid installing it. Additionally, if the Python setup is executed during the ArcGIS Desktop installation, you will be provided with the opportunity to choose its installation location. The Python installation location should not include spaces.
  • Microsoft WinHelp patch for Windows 7 and Windows Vista:
    The following Microsoft patch is recommended, but not required, when using ArcGIS Desktop, ArcInfo Workstation, ArcGIS Engine or ArcReader on Microsoft Vista or Windows 7. ArcGIS Desktop, ArcInfo Workstation, ArcGIS Engine and ArcReader provide pop-up context sensitive help topics for tools, commands and dialogs delivered using WinHlp32. WinHlp32 will not function on Windows 7 and Windows Vista without this patch. Here is Microsoft KnowledgeBase article 917607about this patch, which also contains links so you can download the patch. If you access pop-up context sensitive help without this patch being present, you will get a message from Windows prompting you to download the patch. For best usability, we recommend installing the patch at the time you install ArcGIS. For additional information, please refer to Esri KowledgeBase article 32530.