What are the system requirements for running TAP?

TAP™ is a Windows application and can run on any 64-bit Windows desktop computer (e.g., Win 7, Win 8, Win 10, Win 11) and Windows Server; however, new users are strongly encouraged to use Windows 10 or Windows 11.  Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft.  SoftWright no longer backtests new software releases for Windows 7 or Windows XP operation.

Any modern computer hardware will suffice for running TAP™.  However, if your elevation data will reside on an external hard drive, then performance will be much better using a USB-3 port for accessing the external drive rather than USB-2 and the best performance will be provided when the elevation data are stored on a Solid State (SSD) external drive.  Fortunately, USB-3 ports are now standard on most computers and pre-loaded SSDs are available from SoftWright.  If your elevation data will be stored on the local hard drive, then performance will be improved with a high-speed internal SSD.

In order to get the best performance out of the latest TAP™ software, it is recommended that computers have at least 8 GB of RAM.

TAP™ will take advantage of multiple processor cores for parallel processing to improve study calculation speed.  More processors cores may result in faster calculations.

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