Windows 8.1 is finally supported. While I still haven’t been able to install Revit 2014, or Vasari Beta 3, Revit 2015 is officially supported on Windows 8.1. With previous versions, you get the following error (I’m currently testing Windows 8.1 Enterprise in a Parallels Virtual Machine). Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 10.51.01 AM

So, good news if you plan to upgrade your OS and all of your active projects. As far as large firms are concerned, I wonder what is the intended upgrade path that makes sense? We still have a project wrapping up that’s using Revit 2011, many projects starting out with 2014 today and everything in between. Very little is seamless in the world of AEC, especially when some of the buildings we design take several years to complete.

Interestingly, there’s now published recommendations for Parallels Desktop for Mac. I’ve been using that for years, and given I have a three-day old Mac, am anxious to try it out with these settings.


9 comments on “Revit 2015 System Requirements

  • Hi Sean. Don’t know anything about running windows on a mac, but I have been running windows 8.1 since it came out and had no problem installing Revit 2014. My IT guys warned me that there might be a problem but turned out to be a nasty rumour. I’m using a fairly ordinary HP laptop and the entire BDS premium installed painlessly. Several months later and everything is fine … maybe you should ditch the mac 🙂

  • Funny. I’ve heard mixed issues from different users. Autodesk doesn’t (yet) officially support their 2014 products on 8.1, as it was released after they shipped. I am fairly certain there’s no issue with it being a Mac. It’s likely the test VM I am using, which has some security restrictions on it. I plan to run a genuine copy of Windows now that I know it’s an anomaly. Needed a fast way to test different platforms, and nothing is faster than virtual, which could sit on any host computer, even an ordinary one. I prefer extraordinary hardware. 😉

  • I use Win7 64bit and i have this problem too (With RAC 2015). Don’t known why. My cpu is i7, ram 8gh, hard disk almost empty…
    Some one help me fix this!!
    (p/s: I installed RAC 2013 and 2014 in the same computer normally – no problem, untill today- with RAC 2015.)

  • I discovered the issue… I had a 32 bit version of Windows. After talking with support and finding another PC, with an existing 64 bit Windows 7 installed, I was able to make the ISO file. The Microsoft policy of not allowing direct download of the ISO meant this: I needed to start the download, and it didn’t finish before leaving for my trip. Cleaned out my Dropbox account to let it fit (the darn thing is over 3GB). Remote into that PC from the airport during my layover. Then, wait for it to upload, then download to my current location, over 3000 miles away.

    Things went much smoother after all that nonsense. Installed the OS in 5 minutes, and Revit install still took over 45 minutes… go figure. Perhaps the most used content should be part of the initial download.

    When completed, everything has been working like a champ.

  • I’m not experiencing difficulty with Windows any longer. Because of some strange upgrade issue, while I was certain I had 64bit, I did not. After a painfully silly support call, to verify the third mole on my left butt cheek, I was able to download an ISO and all’s well.

  • What’s your verdict on working in Revit 2015 on a retina screen Macbook Pro running Windows 8.1 in Parallels?

  • My experience so far has been fantastic and much improved over previous similar setups. Both the operating system and Revit have performed very fast for most operations. I was concerned at first about not having a certified video driver, however that hasn’t become an issue.

    It’s still not perfect. I expected to make some sacrifices to work this way for my own conveniences. One caveat: heavy CPU operations like rendering and printing are poor performing, and fair better when not running in virtualization. This is primarily because not all the CPU and RAM capacity is available to Revit for these operations, and they will take almost everything you have in reserve to run those tasks. For very large projects, having 32GB of RAM becomes necessary for getting work done, and that’s another place the virtualized OS is a disadvantage.

    If you are doing conceptual design work, using Dynamo or limiting yourself to small or medium projects, this setup should work very well for most designers.

    I really like the ability to quickly switch between my favorite applications, many of which only run natively on the Mac and Revit. For the very big projects, I remote into a more powerful desktop PC or connect to our company Citrix farm. So, having options for working while mobile, or for different activities is very liberating.

    I hope that helps.

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