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Marton Kiss
Graphisoft
Graphisoft

Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7 on the 14th of January 2020

Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7 on the 14th of January 2020. GRAPHISOFT recommends to update all Windows 7 systems running GRAPHISOFT products to Windows 10.

Compatibility notes to ARCHICAD on Windows 7

Please note that ARCHICAD 16 is the last release of ARCHICAD to support Windows XP and any 32-bit operating system. Newer releases of ARCHICAD will be 64-bit only, and will support only 64-bit Operating Systems, including Windows 7 and Windows 8 and Windows 10.
ARCHICAD 23 is the last released version to be compatible with the Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 operating systems.
Installation of ARCHICAD 24 or newer is not possible.
Read more: Discontinued32BitSupport

Compatible ARCHICAD versions

GRAPHISOFT products are supported on Pro and Enterprise editions and are compatible with Home and Educational editions.

Compatible but not supported version

  • Versions from ARCHICAD 20 to ARCHICAD 23 may be run on Windows 7, though they were designed to work with newer versions of Windows. As a result of this there is no official support for operating system specific problems

ARCHICAD 20-23 versions are compatible but not tested by GRAPHISOFT on Windows 7 (64-bit system).

Compatible versions

ARCHICAD 17-19 versions are fully compatible with Windows 7 on 64-bit systems. ARCHICAD 13-16 versions are fully compatible with Windows 7 on both 32 and 64-bit systems. ARCHICAD 13 acquired the official "Compatible with Windows 7" logo from Microsoft.


Not supported versions

ARCHICAD 23 or newer

ARCHICAD 12

ARCHICAD 12 is Windows Vista compatible. Since Windows 7 is engineered to be compatible with Windows Vista products, you can run ARCHICAD 12 smoothly on Windows 7. However, there is a minor glitch in the install process: During the install process the following error message appears:
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Cause: VCRedist_x86.exe which installs Visual C++ runtime components to your computer fails to start Solution: Hit OK to continue installation. ARCHICAD will be installed successfully. It is possible that the necessary system components are already available on your system, and ARCHICAD will run without any further preparation. If ARCHICAD fails to start, please download and install the following components:
      • vcredist_x86.exe - Install this, if you have either 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 operating system
      • vcredist_x64.exe - Also install this component, if you are on 64-bit Windows 7
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        On 64-bit Windows 7 you need to install both components!
Try At Your Own Risk. GRAPHISOFT does not provide technical support for these releases.

ARCHICAD 11

ARCHICAD 11 is Windows Vista compatible. It can be installed and work on Windows 7 in many cases. In some cases it may not install or run due to some unique configurations on the operating system set by the user or the computer manufacturer or system updates that arrived after our testing. Try At Your Own Risk. GRAPHISOFT does not provide technical support for these releases.

ARCHICAD 10

ARCHICAD 10 is Windows XP compatible. Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions (except for starter and Home Premium editions) provide "Windows XP Mode" for legacy software. (It can run fine even without Xp mode.) ARCHICAD 10 can install and run fine on Windows 7 in many cases. In some cases it may not install or run due to some unique configurations on the operating system set by the user or the computer manufacturer or system updates that arrived after our testing. Try At Your Own Risk. GRAPHISOFT does not provide technical support for these releases.

ARCHICAD 9

The following steps need to be completed to install ARCHICAD 9 on Windows 7.
      1. Uninstall all installed Java versions from the computer*
      2. Install the Java version from the ARCHICAD 9 disk
      3. Run ARCHICAD installer, and select "Custom" install option
      4. Exclude "GS Shell Extension" component from installation
      5. Run the installer
      6. Reboot system
      7. Re-install the latest Java environemt
      8. Update WIBU-driver (Download driver from here)
*ATTENTION: UNINSTALL JAVA AT YOUR OWN RISK. Refer to www.java.com for the proper uninstall procedure. The removal of Java may have adverse affects on your system and is not advised unless you understand the risk and are competent at performing such procedures.
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Most of the issues reported on Windows Vista apply to Windows 7 as well. Try At Your Own Risk. GRAPHISOFT does not provide technical support for these releases.

Compatible GRAPHISOFT products

The following products are compatible with Windows 7: BIM Server and BIMcloud:
  • BIM Server v21 and BIMcloud are compatible but not tested with Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • BIM Server v20 and BIMcloud are compatible but not tested with Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • BIM Server v19 and BIMcloud are compatible with Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • BIM Server v18 and BIMcloud are compatible with Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • BIM Server v17 is compatible with Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • BIM Server v16 is compatible with Windows 7 (64-bit is recommended)
  • BIM Server v15 is compatible with Windows 7(32-bit and 64-bit)
BIMx Desktop Viewer:
  • BIMx Desktop Viewer 19-22 are compatible but not tested with Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • BIMx Desktop Viewer 16-18 are compatible with Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Please note that ANY NEWER versions of the above mentioned products (BIMcloud, BIM Server, BIMx Desktop Viewer) cannot be used in Windows 7!

Known issues

Autosave speed problems

Some users report issues with autosave speed. We have found that Windows 7's file indexing system (and also some virus protection software) is sometimes responsible for this. Try disabling indexing for ARCHICAD's autosave folder. To do that:
      • go to Control Panel
      • select Indexing Options
      • click Modify
      • Browse for [System Drive]/users/[your username] and
      • Uncheck the Checkbox for the Graphisoft folder

QuickTime error when starting ARCHICAD

Some users report QuickTime error when starting ARCHICAD 13-14 on Windows 7

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