The following bit-level compatibilities apply:
32-bit levels of Crystal Ball products must be used with 32-bit Microsoft Excel and Windows on 32-bit computers.
32-bit Crystal Ball can be used in emulation mode with 32-bit Microsoft Excel on 64-bit computers using all of the 64-bit Crystal Ball platforms as well as 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3, Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2/R2+.
When running in 32-bit emulation mode, Crystal Ball has the same 1–1.5 GB memory limitations encountered when running on 32-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems. Other 32-bit limitations also apply.
64-bit Crystal Ball is compatible with 64-bit versions of Microsoft Excel and Windows.
The computer where you are installing Crystal Ball products should meet these system requirements:
32-bit Microsoft Windows (for 32-bit Crystal Ball)—Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3, Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2/R2+, Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1+/R2, or Microsoft Windows 7
64-bit Microsoft Windows (for 32-bit Crystal Ball in emulation mode or 64-bit Crystal Ball)—64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1+/R2, or Microsoft Windows 7
32-bit Microsoft Excel (for 32-bit Crystal Ball)—Microsoft Excel 2002 (XP), 2003 with Service Pack 3, or Microsoft Excel 2007 with Service Pack 2, 32-bit version of Microsoft Excel 2010
64-bit Microsoft Excel (for 64-bit Crystal Ball)—64-bit version of Microsoft Excel 2010
Other browsers, such as Firefox, can be used to install and work with Crystal Ball. However, other browsers can have compatibility issues caused by security handling and other features.
If Crystal Ball will run in a highly secure environment requiring a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) encryption scheme, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or later is required. Note that FIPS is a U.S. government initiative.
Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0 or later
Crystal Ball is designed to meet Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) configuration requirements for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista according to the standards specified on the National Institute of Standards and Technology FDCC Web site, nvd.nist.gov/fdcc/index.cfm. For more information, search the Web for NIST FDCC.