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DesignSpark PCB Supported Operating Systems

Posted by Mike Brojak

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Operating System

First Available

Microsoft Support
Ended/Ends

Our Support
Ended/Ends

First DSPCB
Version

Windows XP

December 2001

April 2009

June 2013

V1

Windows Vista

January 2007

April 2012

June 2014

V1

Windows 7

October 2009

January 2015

June 2016

V1

Windows 8

October 2012

October 2017*

June 2018

V4

* estimated

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DesignSpark PCB from Version 4 onwards is fully supported under Microsoft Windows 8 in both 32- and 64-bit variants.

As an official Microsoft Development Partner, we are privileged to be constantly provided with the latest operating systems under the Partner Programme scheme. This is a continual scheme with regular updates, allowing us to get a head start on checking out new versions for likely issues, and make the appropriate changes in our software ahead of the official releases of the operating system.

Please note that we can only provide support for DesignSpark PCB on the official released version of Windows 8 from Microsoft, and not any beta-test, preview or other pre-release versions of the operating system.

You may find that earlier versions of DesignSpark PCB will work on Windows 8 but we are only able to offer immediate 'critical' fixes for any Windows 8 specific problems if these can be reproduced in DesignSpark PCB V4.

Linux & Mac users and enthusiasts

We do have lots of users successfully running DesignSpark PCB on Linux under applications like Wine and also on Mac’s using “Crossover” or “Play On Mac” type programmes.  We know it can be a bit clunky, but it works pretty well!

See this Tutorial on how to run DSPCB on Mac using Crossover (by our user JT177)

As you know, our tool and community is completely free, and we don’t bombard you with advertising.  We acknowledge that some of our users would like a native Mac or Linux version, in fact , we want one too!  Despite being relatively new, DesignSpark PCB is built up of 20 years of windows based development.  This therefore makes it  difficult to easily transfer to other operating systems, and would cost a sizeable chunk of money to develop.   So right now, we’d rather spend the available budget we have in improving the features and benefits of the Windows based tool we have and improvements to our DesignSpark Community Website.

20 comments

Comments

  • rs components support Avatar rs components support

    Posted by rs components support at

    If you have problem installing on any Windows version please contact
    designsparkpcb(AT)designspark(DOT)com for a detailed investigation.
    Many users including myself or running successfully with Win 7 Pro

    In all cases investigated it has been the result of either backup or virus software interfering.
    There have not been any situation so far that have been caused services related to "SAM" or "server" and dissabling these is not recommended.

  • tomas stuchlik Avatar tomas stuchlik

    Posted by tomas stuchlik at

    Thanks antonio_amendola ..
    Im not sure how u stopped Security Account Management (SAM) service..its quite important and has dependencies too..

    Anyway I tried debugging application using "DebugDiag Analysis 2.0" from Microsoft..and for Crash/Hand analysis debug report one of line was thrown at thread (Entry point DesignSpark+2e122 ) was "tbblw!DllUnregisterServer+fac34" so after antonio_amendola's clue I stopped service called "Server" And it worked..No problem now..

    Thanks

  • antonio_amendola Avatar antonio_amendola

    Posted by antonio_amendola at

    Hello everyone! I solved by disabling the Security Account Management (SAM) service on Windows 7 64-bit. Bye

  • gerryfreed Avatar gerryfreed

    Posted by gerryfreed at

    Much as I would like to use your software, I prefer to stay with a development environment based on Linux - an operating system for engineers.
    Why not go truly Open Source and hand the implementation over to the real world of developers who won't make demands on your limiterd resources?

  • al2014s Avatar al2014s

    Posted by al2014s at

    Same problem.
    Installs fine,but doesn't work
    under WIN 7 PRO 64 bit
    Exits with code:
    0xc000007b
    Designspark Mechanical 64bit works 100%OK

  • bradlevy Avatar bradlevy

    Posted by bradlevy at

    Tomas,

    It is usually best to put questions in the forums, rather than as a comment on a knowledge item here. Forum questions are more likely to be seen and answered by others.

    That said, if things are working under safe mode but not in normal mode, it is most likely due to a video or other driver that is not being used in safe mode. Check to make sure you have the latest drivers for your display adapter hardware. If that doesn't fix it, post your question in the DesignSpark PCB Activation & Tutorials forum, with an appropriate topic heading (like Problem running DesignSpark PCB outside safe mode on Win 7 Pro), and people will follow up with further help. Be sure to describe what happens when you try to run it. (Won't launch, garbled screen, error message, etc.)

    -Brad (just another user)

  • tomas stuchlik Avatar tomas stuchlik

    Posted by tomas stuchlik at

    Windows 7 Pro running Design Spark issue..

    It works in safe mode Or safe mode with networking option but dosen't in normal mode

    Any help?

  • chrishunter Avatar chrishunter

    Posted by chrishunter at

    All wise engineers stopped using Windows a long time ago. The OS tools Kicad, PCB and Eagle are mature, stable options. I've tried your PCB software in a virtual XP machine - it works, but needs a lot of development to get it anywhere near to the Linux Open Source options.

    You could consider Open Sourcing your software - you'd have a Linux version available in a couple of weeks!

  • boss Avatar boss

    Posted by boss at

    Hi kerneels62

    Ask this on the forum or contact support.
    It will not be very visible as a comment on operating systems here.

  • kerneels62 Avatar kerneels62

    Posted by kerneels62 at

    Instal on DesignsparkPCB V6 went perfect.
    Does not open on Windows 7 pro 64 bit.
    Tried V3 with no luck. Not opening as well.

  • dgarcia Avatar dgarcia

    Posted by dgarcia at

    Installation runs correctly but app do not open.

    Win7 PRO 64bit

    Any Ideas on what can be wrong?

    Thanks.

  • nestoribio Avatar nestoribio

    Posted by nestoribio at

    /Quote
    "As you know, our tool and community is completely free, and we don’t bombard you with advertising. We acknowledge that some of our users would like a native Mac or Linux version, in fact , we want one too! Despite being relatively new, DesignSpark PCB is built up of 20 years of windows based development. This therefore makes it difficult to easily transfer to other operating systems, and would cost a sizeable chunk of money to develop. So right now, we’d rather spend the available budget we have in improving the features and benefits of the Windows based tool we have and improvements to our DesignSpark Community Website."
    /end of Quote

    Do no spare a penny! Give the source code to the Linux community! Everyone will be benefited...
    Nothing to loose and too much to gain...

  • nestoribio Avatar nestoribio

    Posted by nestoribio at

    I started using Linux when my computer was "upgraded" to W8. really I do not want to go back. I use Kicad EDA, wich has Linux and Windows versions. I wonder if othe can why you can not.
    To be a really collaborative proyect it has to be open to everyone. Besides I agree with a previous post that states than in the future more and more people will use Linux...
    I have several Vitual Machines just for fun and to run legacy software, among them programs on a W2K VM...
    And I can run DSPCB but I do not want to do it on Wine (which is a great proyect on his own) or on a VM.
    No way RasberryPi on Windows!

  • wbg Avatar wbg

    Posted by wbg at

    I stopped to use windows 10 years ago.
    Designspark on windows virtual machines crashes times to time.
    More people in the future will use free operating system like linux. Looking towards the future, I would develop only the linux version.... and drop the windows version.
    One can always use a virtual machine with linux on a windows pc to run the linux version and will work just fine.

  • b1ll Avatar b1ll

    Posted by b1ll at

    As long as linux is not supported I have to continu using Eagle...

  • atq Avatar atq

    Posted by atq at

    Hi, regarding a Linux or Mac OSX version, would you be open to open sourcing your code base in order to make use of the community to help port to these OSes?

  • skottelbraai Avatar skottelbraai

    Posted by skottelbraai at

    Too bad MAC os is not supported

  • y-geo Avatar y-geo

    Posted by y-geo at

    HI,
    "clunky " under wine in linux is an understatement so sorry but running anything remotely windows is a waste of time & money

  • admin Avatar admin

    Posted by admin at

    Hi phillmac,

    Please read the above, as much as we would love to have a linux and Mac versions - we do not have thta in any immediate plans.

    Mike

  • phillmac Avatar phillmac

    Posted by phillmac at

    What about support for MAC OSX? It's a pain to have to run windows and paste between Operating systems.

    I've been using Designspark since V1, but of this is not gonna change I will have to migrate to a MAC based system.

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