Compatibility notes to ArchiCAD on Windows 8
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
GRAPHISOFT is maintaining compatibility for ArchiCAD 15 and ArchiCAD 16 and connected products (BIMx, BIM Server, BIM Server Manager) on Windows 8. Based on GRAPHISOFT's tests ArchiCAD 15 and 16 works well on Windows 8.
Not supported versions
ArchiCAD 14 and older version may be run on Windows 8, though these were designed to work with older versions of the operating system. As a result of this there is no official support for operating system specific problems.
ArchiCAD 16 running on Windows 8
Windows 8 versions
ArchiCAD 15 and ArchiCAD 16 versions are supported and tested by GRAPHISOFT on Windows Pro 32-bit and 64-bit platforms. Please note that ArchiCAD 16 is the last version that supports 32-bit operating systems. (And the last version that supports Windows XP.) Based on this it is strongly recommended to use the 64-bit version of Windows 8, which of course requires 64-bit compatible CPU (e.g. Intel Core 2 Duo and newer).
Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise
- Windows 8 and Windows 8 Enterprise differ in features that do not affect the correct functionality of ArchiCAD. These editions were not tested officially.
More about Windows 8 editions on Wikipedia.
Windows RT is a Windows 8 version that will be only available as preinstalled OS for ARM based devices, such as tablet PCs (e.g. Microsoft Surface). ArchiCAD does not support ARM based devices.
Study the Windows 8 article for any known issues, difficulties
Back up all of your data, including ArchiCAD / BIM Server specific data before upgrading the operating system. When switching from 32-bit to 64-bit, you need to perform a clean install of Windows. This means that you have to re-install all your software applications and migrate all your data after installing the system.
- Return all borrowed licenses before upgrading the OS
- Allow yourself enough time for the upgrade, do not upgrade the OS close to a deadline
- Install Windows.
- Install ArchiCAD. Your ArchiCAD install DVD includes both 32-bit and 64-bit version of ArchiCAD, and the correct version will automatically selected when you run the automated installer wizard.
- Install all updates for the new operating system
- Install all updates for GRAPHISOFT products
Install the Windows 8 compatible protection key driver
- Test ArchiCAD and the BIM Server
Wibu/CodeMeter driver compatibility
The Wibu-Key driver that is available on the same page works well if you use a Wibu key locally - directly connected to the computer. If you would like to run a Wibu Server on Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 you need to wait until Wibu-Systems releases a compatible driver (6.10).
ArchiCAD 15 and older versions require .NET Framework 2.0, which is no longer part of the the default Windows installation. During the installation Windows offers the installation of the latest .NET Framework, make sure you choose Download and install this feature there.
Not doing so may lead to not working features in ArchiCAD like the Movie Player or the ArchiCAD YouTube channel.
Cannot find PDF file or viewer
PDF files such as the ArchiCAD Reference Guide cannot be opened directly from ArchiCAD's help menu. ArchiCAD gives Cannot find PDF file or viewer error message.
Windows 8 has a built in PDF reader called Reader that runs on the so called Windows 8 user interface. ArchiCAD cannot trigger that reader and even if you install a third party PDF reader like Adobe Reader the default will remain the built in Reader.
As a workaround browse for the PDF documentation in a file manager and then open the files with any PDF reader. You can find the documentation in this folder: C:\Program Files\GRAPHISOFT\ArchiCAD 16\Documentation
Missing Start Menu items
The traditional Start Menu items are missing.
With Windows 8 the Start Menu has been discontinued. Applications can be run using the new Windows 8 user interface. This interface only lists executable applications, as a result some previous Start Menu items are not listed.
- All of the files can be directly accessed through a file manager. Some examples:
Readme first: C:\Program Files\GRAPHISOFT\ArchiCAD 16\Read Me First.htm
ArchiCAD Help: C:\Program Files\GRAPHISOFT\ArchiCAD 16\Help\ArchiCAD Help.htm
BIM Server Reference Guide: C:\Program Files\GRAPHISOFT\BIM Server\GRAPHISOFT BIM Server Reference Guide.pdf
Cannot open the Read Me
The Read Me cannot be opened from the Installation Front End.
Browse in the file system for the Read Me file:
Open File Explorer
Select the optical drive under Computer
- Right click on it to reach the context menu
Open Read Me First.html
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