Thursday, November 11, 2010

Running STEP7 BASIC with Windows 7

STEP 7 Basic for S7-1200 is unable to run in Windows 7 for now; SIEMENS is looking on this problem and will be resolve soon.

If you are using Windows 7, the one possible way to run STEP 7 Basic is by using Windows XP Mode created by Microsoft to implement Windows XP in Windows 7.

Follow the steps below on how to run STEP 7 Basic by using Windows XP Mode

Requirement for Windows 7

Windows 7 Profesional

Minimum 2GB RAM (STEP7 Basic)

Minimum 2GB memory (Recommended 2.5GB)

Requirement for Windows XP Mode

.NET Framework v2 (Highly recommended)

Minimum 2GB RAM (Step 7 Basic installation)

Service Pack 3

Step 1:

Follow the steps to download and install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode (Minimum 500MB memory)

During installation, if a pop-up message asked whether to share device, select YES.

Step 2:

After installing, make sure you allocate minimum 2GB RAM and select your Ethernet connection that you are using to your Windows XP Mode. Make sure you are in “shut down” mode, not “hibernate” mode. Steps is shown below

Step 3:
After changing the settings, double click to open Windows XP Mode in your Windows Virtual PC folder and wait for it to start up.

Step 4:

After your Windows XP Mode is opened, you can install your STEP7 Basic in Windows XP Mode.

  • · Make sure your Windows XP Mode is in FULL SCREEN Mode (or else a error message will appear before installing stating that you must be in 1170x840 screen resolution mode.
  • · If a message state that you need .Net Framework to be install, click Yes. (Installation might takes few minutes, be patient)

Step 5:
When installation is complete, double click on the icon and enjoy.

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