Please note that ArchiCAD 16 is the last release of ArchiCAD to support Windows XP and any 32-bit operating system. The next major release of ArchiCAD will be 64-bit only, and will support only 64-bit Operating Systems, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Read more: Discontinued32BitSupport
Compatible ArchiCAD versions
ArchiCAD 13 and newer
ARCHIACD 20 is compatible but not tested by GRAPHISOFT on Windows 7 (64-bit system)
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
We have tested the installation of older versions of ArchiCAD on Windows 7 and we have found that it can work.
Try At Your Own Risk. Graphisoft does not provide technical support for these releases.
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:
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:
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.
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.
The following steps need to be completed to install ArchiCAD 9 on Windows 7.
- Uninstall all installed Java versions from the computer*
- Install the Java version from the ArchiCAD 9 disk
- Run ArchiCAD installer, and select “Custom” install option
- Exclude “GS Shell Extension” component from installation
- Run the installer
- Reboot system
- Re-install the latest Java environemt
- 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.
Most of the issues reported on Windows Vista apply to Windows 7 as well.
Compatible GRAPHISOFT products
BIM Server and BIMcloud:
- 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 16-18 are compatible with Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Compatibility notes to ArchiCAD on Windows7
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