All WireReady products are Windows 7 compatible beginning with Version 9.0 and later. We recommend Windows 7 Professional. All WireReady versions will also remain compatible for Windows XP Pro Service Pak 3 32-bit edition. Radio products are compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Win 7 Pro. All other WireReady radio products (i.e. NewsReady, ControlReady, etc) will run from 32 or 64 bit versions of Windows 7.
Windows 10 compatibility: As of 12/15/2015, we are recommending that customers hold off using Windows 10 until 6/1/2016 to give us more time to complete our testing with that version of Windows, although early testing shows no known issues at this time with WireReady software and Windows 10. However, 3rd party software and hardware drivers may still have compatibility issues. Since Windows 7 end of life is not until atleast 2020, Windows 7 is still our preferred OS for all new systems. Windows 8 should be avoided. More recommendations about Windows 10 & pop-up notices
Windows XP Pro compatibility: Customers still running Windows XP hardware should consider replacing older computers to at least Windows 7 or 10 no later than 12/31/2016 or when possible, as third party products are beginning to drop support for XP, which includes using Logmein Rescue, although Logmein Free (provided to WireReady service contract customers) still works with XP Pro Spk 3. WireReady customers running XP will also not be able to upgrade past version 12.499 of our products if their machines run XP.
Note: Our current TV video playout products are still ONLY approved for Windows 7 64-bit and will likely remain that way throughout 2016. (Stradis video card users will remain limited to XP and Windows 7 32-bit only.)
Windows 10 Recommended requirements for radio systems (in general)
Windows 7 Recommended requirements for radio systems (in general)
Windows 10 Requirements for TV systems (in general)
Currently developing for Windows 10 64-bit Professional with Marex decoding/encoding along with AJA brand video cards. Expected 2nd quarter 2017.
We still require/recommend Windows 7 64 for all television products using Marex decoding/encoding. Older Stradis based systems only run from XP/Win7 32 bit systems.
Windows 7 Recommended requirements for TV systems (in general)
2007-2013 Stradis-based systems require Windows XP 32-bit or Windows 7-32 bit and will not operate in 64-bit machines. These systems should be running on Xeon (or dual Xeon) machines with a RAID 5 or 6 video storage array.
2013 and later machines using the MAREX Virgo subsystem with cards including Black Magic, AJA, Osprey, Matrox, and Deltacast require Windows 7 64-bit and for multichannel playing/recording (decoding/encoding) should be running on DUAL Xeon processor rigs whenever possible. For single channel play/record, you can get by with less.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What kind of chassis/slots should I get in my computer?
Simple answer: In general for future flexibility, it never hurts to have a machine with 2 to 3 slots, atleast one being a full pci-e x16 slot, the others can be any size pci-e.
Mini-tower/mid-tower chassis case or larger (for serviceability)
1) At least 1 PCI-e x1 slot or larger
2) At least 1 PCI-e x16 slot
We don't necessarily require these slots, as we have no proprietary requirements, but the x1 slot provides flexibility in case they ever need to install a firewire card or second network (NIC) adapter card. If you are planning on getting a firewire audio appliance, make sure you have the slot, because even if your computer has a motherboard built in firewire jack, sometimes they aren't compatible and you will want the ability to buy a circa $50 add-in firewire card if the need arises. Having an available x16 slot provides for the addition of a video graphics card in case the computer uses on-board video, many of the VGA and similar onboard video connectors on the store bought machines tend to be slow or compete with audio throughput when the screen display is changing a lot and it's amazing how a circa $80 video card can act like a turbo charger, if we ever find we need to make the computer faster than it came out of the box. For this reason, when shopping for store brand/office desktop style computers for onair and production computers, picking the model that includes an add in video card is usually the best way to go. If the computer already has an add-in video card, then the free/available x16 slot isn't necessary unless they want future expansion for something else which we haven't thought of.
In the old days, slots were required for sound cards, but today most new systems are using external or virtual audio driver devices where a USB box or firewire (often rack mounted) has all the channels you need and supports mixing/overlap all thru a single USB 2.0 or firewire connection. There are also IP-based node/boxes that work through a second network adapter (where a pci-e x1 slot can come in handy), but even if the need for a 2nd NIC becomes a requirement, there are USB add on adapters. Likewise, if you are using serial based relay controllers or switcher/routers, inexpensive USB to serial adapters are now also available and we stock those that are tested and certified for use with our software. Many new station builds are using digital mixer/consoles that have virtual sound drivers that let the sound go straight from the computer over a dedicated network cable to the console or USB depending on manufacturer. With this said, if you are planning on using a traditional internal sound card, then you will want to make sure your computer has the slot that your sound card manufacturer recommends, but most of those cards operate in any PCI-e slot x1, or if you have atleast x4 you should be safe for just about any model in production.
We develop software for Microsoft Windows
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