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March 25, 2011

Autodesk Inventor 2012 System Requiements

I always get the question, what are the system requirements to run Autodesk Inventor and I either have to look it up or direct them to the page that shows what they need. I am posting this to show what they are for the 2012 release of Autodesk Inventor.

For Autodesk Inventor 2012 Windows Users

For General Part and Assembly Design (Typically Fewer than 1,000 Parts)

  • Microsoft® Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise edition, or Microsoft® Windows Vista® (32-bit or 64-bit) Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition (SP2), or Microsoft® Windows XP Professional (SP3) or Professional x64 Edition (SP2)
  • Intel® Pentium® 4, 2 GHz or faster, Intel® Xeon®, Intel® Core™, AMD Athlon™ 64, or AMD Opteron™ processor, or later
  • 2 GB RAM or more
  • Microsoft® Direct3D 10® or Direct3D 9® capable graphics card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Microsoft® Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • 1,280 x 1,024 or higher screen resolution
  • Internet connection for web downloads and Subscription Aware access
  • Adobe Flash Player 10
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.x through 8
  • Microsoft® Excel 2003 through 2007 for iComponents, thread customization, and spreadsheet-driven designs
For Complex Models, Complex Mold Assemblies, and Large Assemblies (Typically More than 1,000 Parts)
  • Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit (SP2), or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (SP2)AMD64 or Intel® 64 processor
  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • CAD workstation-class graphics card
For Autodesk Inventor 2012 Macintosh Users

Boot Camp


You can install Autodesk® Inventor® Professional software on a Mac® computer on a Windows partition. The system must use Boot Camp® to manage a dual OS configuration and meet the minimum system requirements.

  • Mac OS® X 10.6.x
  • Boot Camp V 2.0 or higher
  • Intel-based Mac (64-bit Windows Vista requires an Intel Core™2 duo or Xeon processor)
  • 3 GB RAM (Recommend 4 GB for 32-bit Windows OS, 8 GB or more for 64-bit Windows OS)
  • 20 GB disk space for Apple OS partition or Windows OS partition
Mac Virtualization on Parallels Desktop

Autodesk Inventor Professional can be used on the Mac via Parallels Desktop for Mac without having to boot directly into the Windows OS, so it is easy to switch between platforms. The system must meet the following requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.x
  • Parallels Desktop 5.0 (5.0.9344 or higher)
  • Intel based Mac (64-bit Windows Vista requires an Intel Core 2 duo or Xeon processor)
  • Minimum 4 GB RAM (6 GB system memory for 32-bit Windows OS, 8 GB or more for 64-bit Windows OS recommended)
  • Minimum 40 GB available disk space (100 GB recommended)

I also get the question about graphics card information, here is the link for the Graphics Card Datatbase

I hope all of this helps.

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