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Minimum System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

Dragon NaturallySpeaking v13

  • CPU: 2.2 GHz Intel® dual core or equivalent AMD processor (Note: SSE2 instruction set required.)
  • Processor Cache: 512 KB
  • Memory (RAM):
    • 32-bit: 2 GB for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Server 2012.
    • 64-bit: 4GB  for Window 7, 8, 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2  and Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Free hard disk space: 4GB
  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Windows 8 and 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit Editions)
    • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit and 64-bit Editions)
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 or higher (64-bit only Edition)
    • Windows Server 2012
  • DVD-ROM drive (required for installation).
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 (free download available at or the current version of Google Chrome of Mozilla Firefox for Online Help.
  • Sound card capable of supporting 22 kHz 16-bit recording.
  • Nuance-approved microphone (included, except for upgrades). Go to for more information. For details on Bluetooth microphones, Tablet PCs and other hardware, please go to
  • An internet connection is required for activation.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking v12.5

The minimum machine specification required to run Dragon NaturallySpeaking V12.5 on a Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC is:

  • CPU: Minimum 2.2 GHz Intel® dual core or equivalent AMD processor. (Minimum: 1 GHz Intel Pentium® or equivalent AMD processor or 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor. (NOTE: SSE2 instruction set required.) - Faster processors will give faster performance speeds
  • Hard disk space – 3.2 GB of space required for system and file storage (3 GB for localized non-English versions). If installing from a download, three times as much space is initially needed (after the download is unpacked and installation completes, temporary files can be removed from the system).
  • RAM – Minimum of 2GB of RAM for 32-bit systems and 4 GB for 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8 machines. We recommend 6-8 GB RAM for faster performance speeds
  • DVD-ROM drive - this is required for installation purposes
  • Sound card - supporting 16-bit recording
  • Internet connection - This is required for on-line activation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • USB Microphone headset - We recommend the Andrea or Plantronics range of microphone

Operating System 

  • Windows 8, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows 7 SP1, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows Vista SP2, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows XP SP3, 32-bit only
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2, 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition, 64-bit

During the installation process the software will check to ensure that your system meets these requirements. Installation may terminate if your system does not meet the minimum requirements.