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SOLIDWORKS Online Training System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems »

Windows 7 (recommended), Windows XP (service pack 3 for 32-bit, service pack 2 for 64-bit) also supported

We highly recommend that you have administrative rights to the computer used for the coursework. If you must use a computer over which you do not have administrative rights (such as a library computer or a workplace computer), you may experience difficulties with needed functions, such as installing plug-ins. Students using library or workplace computers will have limited support options due to access limitations on such networks. Check with your workplace IT department to ensure that you may access course materials from your company's network.

Email Account »

A valid email address, which is checked frequently, is required for participation in components of your coursework.

Internet Access »

Internet access is required to participate in online components of your courses at Symmetry Solutions. We recommend your bandwidth to be able to maintain average speeds of 1.5 to 3.0 Mbps. Broadband (LAN, Cable, or DSL) connection is highly recommended for optimal student experience and is required for all technical programs.

If you connect to the Internet through your company, you may need to ensure that appropriate plug-ins and access rights are available to you. Check with your IT department to ensure that you may access course materials from your company's network.

Supported Internet Browsers »

The following are supported browsers. Major releases of browsers are generally supported within 60-90 days of their public release date. Due to the rapid release cycles of some supported Internet browsers, the two latest releases of each browser are supported. When using older versions of a browser, users risk running into problems with the course software.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox

Internet Browser Settings »

Please refer to your browser's Help features to check these settings.

  • Pop-Up Blocker should be disabled
  • Java Script should be enabled
  • Java should be enabled
  • Cookies should be enabled

Plug-ins »

The most recent version of the following plug-ins should be installed to support in your online courses.

  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Java v7 or higher

Minimum Hardware Specifications »

  • Intel Core 2 Duo - or AMD - 3 GHz processor
  • 3 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • Hard drive: 160 GB minimum
  • Stereo sound card, speakers and/or headset, microphone
  • A Webcam is not required in courses but it is recommended
  • USB 2.0 port(s), min USB 3.0 preferred
  • 19 inch or larger computer monitor
  • Video/graphics - Open GL® capable 3D graphics card recommended (SVGA resolution video adapter with 1024x768)
  • Your screen resolution (size) should be set at minimum 1024 x 768 or higher

Computer and Internet Security »

The ease and convenience of accessing educational materials through the Internet brings with it the need to ensure that our computers do not become targets of unwanted and often malicious attacks and intrusions by computer viruses and/or hackers.

To prevent this, we recommend using an anti-virus package and a firewall. Your computer is subject to virus attack whether you're surfing the Internet or getting information from USB drives, DVDs or a network. Email attachments are particularly vulnerable.

We recommend obtaining anti-virus/anti-malware software from one of the major vendors; such as McAfee (available through the Student Software Store program), Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows, or similar to protect your computer from viruses and other types of computer threats. Since an anti-virus/anti-malware program is no better than its virus definitions, virus definitions should be updated regularly, preferably on a weekly basis.

Personal firewalls are another means to protect your computer from malicious activity when you are connected to the Internet. Windows comes with a built-in personal Firewall. It is recommended that you enable the Windows Firewall and learn how to use this application. A firewall can help prevent hackers or malicious software (such as worms) from gaining access to your computer through a network or the Internet. A firewall can also help stop your computer from sending malicious software to other computers. Most of the major anti-virus vendors also supply firewall software along with their anti-virus/anti-malware options.

Along with keeping your antivirus updated, it is equally; if not more important to also ensure that your Windows and MAC updates are current. As Microsoft & Apple find weaknesses in their Operating Systems, they post updates that can be downloaded and installed. These updates can be set to occur automatically, but they may at times require user input to complete the update. Your Operating System updates should be checked on a weekly basis.

Have additional questions about our online training technical requirements? Please Contact Us and we will be glad to help.

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