Updating the Windows OS

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To use the building modeling tools on your computer, you’ll need a 64-bit version of Windows 8 or newer.  You can check the properties on your computer by right-clicking on the "My Computer" or "This PC" icon in Windows Explorer, then choosing Properties from the pop-up menu.

If you already have a 64-bit version of Windows 8 or newer on your computer, you do not need to download a newer version.  Skip to the next step.

Many Students Can Download Windows for Free

Stanford students


If you are a cyberstudent, check with your university to see if a free Windows download is available.

If Windows is Not Available for Free from your University, check to See If You Qualify for a Free or Low Cost Upgrade to Windows 10 Education (or Windows 8.1 Pro)

Microsoft is offering free or very low cost copies of Windows 10 Education to students at many schools.  Please go to this link, then scroll down and click on "Check Eligibility" to see if your school qualifies:

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