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WinSPC System Requirements

For the best performance of your WinSPC installation, please follow the Microsoft system recommendations for the version of Windows selected. Typically, systems purchased at the time of installation far exceed the requirements for WinSPC success. DataNet constantly tests and recertifies WinSPC functionality against the three most recent versions of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database during every major WinSPC release. Staying within those versions significantly reduces your risk of encountering problems with your new SPC software installation.

When repurposing older machines, please follow the guidelines below while also factoring the needs of additional database client utilities or software you may require. Microsoft and Oracle publish requirements for their database client and server systems. Please follow their specific platform selection guidance when it conflicts with these general guidelines.

Recommended WinSPC Windows client machine

WinSPC is very efficient and runs well on systems for which the original shipping operating system is present. Older machines where Windows XP or Windows Vista are performing very well should expect the addition of WinSPC to minimally impact performance. Likewise, on machines that shipped with Windows 7 through 10, WinSPC clients should be expected to perform similarly to other office productivity applications. Microsoft's current shipping version of Windows and the two previous versions are certified by the test lab for installation, upgrades and proper function in most common scenarios. See the Installation and Configuration Guide bundled with your software download for details on the platforms specifically tested for that version, or contact the WinSPC Support Help Desk to discuss your situation specifically. Please use the WinSPC Free Trial to assess the end-user experience for yourself.

The following general guidance may help you to determine if a machine is a good candidate to become a WinSPC Windows client.

  • Single core 1GHz+ class 32-bit or 64-bit desktop CPU
  • 2 GB RAM (if 32-bit) or 4 GB RAM (if 64-bit) for a typical Windows 7 through 10 workstations
  • 200MB available local hard disk space for WinSPC installation files
  • 1024x768 minimum display resolution to see all forms in their correct sizes
  • Keyboard and mouse or other pointing device
  • Local network connectivity to the database and application servers of at least 100Mbps
  • Microsoft Windows versions currently supported by Microsoft
  • Microsoft SQL or Oracle Database utilities as appropriate
  • CD/DVD-ROM for loading installation disc (DataNet SPC software is available on CD or by download)

NOTE: For additional guidance for installing WinSPC or getting the most out of your SPC Software investment visit the WinSPC Knowledge Base.

Recommended WinSPC Windows tablet machine

WinSPC runs effectively on Windows based tablets. The user interface is optimized for Windows so adequate resolution to manipulate buttons, expandable trees and panels is suggested. Please use the WinSPC Free Trial to assess your end-user experience. For tablets that do not support traditional Win32 installations directly, including those tablets running Windows RT, Android OS or Apple iPad, please consider a Microsoft Terminal Services (MTS) or Remote Desktop Services (RDS) deployment to support these devices in your client pool. Contact the WinSPC Support Help Desk to discuss your specific needs.

For Windows tablets, please use the following guidance to help you determine if a tablet is a good candidate to become a WinSPC client.

  • Dual core 1GHz+ class CPU
  • 2 GB RAM for a typical Windows tablet workstation
  • 200MB of available local storage space for WinSPC installation files
  • 1024x768 minimum display resolution to see all forms in their correct sizes
  • Virtual or physical keyboard and virtual or actual pointing device
  • Wireless network capability on the order of 10Mbps
  • Microsoft Windows versions currently supported by Microsoft
  • Microsoft SQL or Oracle Database utilities as appropriate

Minimum WinSPC Database Server

For the best performance of your WinSPC system, you should follow the Oracle or Microsoft recommendations for the database version you have selected. DataNet constantly tests and recertifies WinSPC functionality against the three most recent versions of Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database during every major WinSPC release. Staying within those versions significantly reduces your risk of encountering problems. See the Installation and Configuration Guide bundled with your software download for details on the database platforms specifically tested for that version, or contact the WinSPC Support Help Desk to discuss your situation specifically.

These database servers typically require at least the following capabilities and often quite a bit more.

  • At least a single core 1GHz+ class CPU
  • At least 512MB available RAM for the database service
  • At least 10GB available local hard disk space for database installation and growth
  • Operating system and database platform combinations endorsed by the database vendor

NOTE: For a method to estimate WinSPC database storage growth, visit the topic Estimating Database Storage in the WinSPC Knowledge Base.

Recommended WinSPC Application Server

WinSPC installations are most responsive when serviced by an Application Server to reduce database traffic. The WinSPC Application Server is a Windows Service that runs on a Windows 2003 Server or newer machine and speeds many WinSPC operations by reducing the database and network traffic required to service client requests. Thus an Application Server helps to reduce the influence of a growing database, increasing numbers of clients or network performance limits. Since the Application Server does a large amount of CPU intensive compression and storage to maintain processed database content in its local cache, it produces the best results only when adequate CPU and disk speed are provided. Although the Application Server should not be installed with other demanding server roles such as a database server, some customers install more than one instance of the Application Server on a single server in order to support multiple databases with the same hardware investment. For help with your rollout planning, contact the WinSPC Support Help Desk to discuss your situation specifically.

Please use the following guidance to help determine if a server is a good candidate to become a WinSPC Application Server.

  • Quad core 1GHz+ class CPU per Application Server instance
  • 2GB available RAM per Application Server instance (32bit memory space limit)
  • 100Mbps network connectivity to the database server, with 1Gbps or higher recommended
  • At least 10% of the size of your database available in the local file system to permit 100% database content caching
  • High performance read and write file system. A solid state drive is ideal
  • Server should exist on the same domain as the database server
  • Microsoft Windows Server versions currently supported by Microsoft
  • Server should not have other extreme CPU or IO roles to service such as Exchange Server or SQL Server
  • Oracle environments should also have Oracle Provider for OLE DB installed (32bit version)