ArcGIS Explorer Desktop (build 2012) system requirements
Use these system requirements as a guideline for planning purposes as they are subject to change.
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop build 2012 can be installed along with other supported ArcGIS product versions: ArcGIS 9.3.1, ArcGIS 10, and ArcGIS 10.1. ArcGIS products installed on the machine are required to have the same version.
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Supported operating systems
Supported Operating System
Minimum OS Version
Maximum OS Version
Windows 8 Basic, Professional and Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit [EM64T])
Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional Edition (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T))
Windows Vista Ultimate, Enterprise, Business (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T))
Windows XP Professional Edition (32-bit)
Windows XP Professional Edition (64-bit (EM64T))
Windows Server 2012 Standard, and Datacenter (64-bit [EM64T])
Windows 2008 R2 Server Standard, Enterprise & Datacenter (64-bit (EM64T))
Windows 2008 Server Standard, Enterprise & Datacenter (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T))
Windows 2003 Server Standard, Enterprise & Datacenter (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T))
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 or equivalent must be installed prior to installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop.
Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) 6.0 must be installed prior to installing ArcGIS Explorer Desktop.
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 7.0 or 8.0 must be installed prior to installing ArcGIS Explorer.
2.2 GHz recommended or higher; Hyper-threading (HHT) or Multi-core recommended
Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, or Xeon Processors; SSE2 (or greater)
Run this Microsoft utility from your Windows command prompt to check your processor.
2 GB or higher
24-bit color depth
1024 x 768 recommended or higher at normal size (96 dpi)
Determined by the operating system; 500 MB minimum
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop will create cache files when used; additional disk space may be required.
Bandwidth Connection Speed
Minimum 380 Kbps; 1500 Kbps recommended or higher
24-bit capable graphics accelerator
An OpenGL 2.0 or higher-compliant video card is required, with at least 64 MB video memory; however, 256 MB of video memory or higher is recommended. Shader Model 3.0.
Developer (SDK) requirements
Esri supports and recommends the following integrated development environments (IDE) for use with ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK:
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK for the Microsoft .NET Framework
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Visual Basic Express
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Visual C# Express
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (C#, VB.NET) Standard, Professional
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Visual Basic Express
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Visual C# Express
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (C#, VB.NET) Professional, Premium, Ultimate Edition
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is required to install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop SDK for the Microsoft .NET Framework.
ArcGIS Explorer Desktop must be installed with administrative privileges for all users for correct SDK installation.