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System Requirements

The recommended minimum specification for Elevate is Windows 8 or later.  If your PC meets the requirements to run Windows, it will run Elevate.  The minimum screen resolution required is 1024 x 600 pixels.  Machines with more memory and faster processors significantly enhance the speed of analysis.  For older operating systems, earlier releases can be made available.

Elevate can be run on a Mac if you use desktop virtualization software, for example Parallels Desktop.

Installing Elevate

Download the latest version of Elevate 8 from  Follow the instructions given on the web page and on-screen to complete the installation.

If you are prompted to install .Net Framework version 3.5, this can be downloaded from Microsoft's web site.  You must use this .Net Framework version, later versions will not work.  In some instances (e.g. Surface Pro X) this framework is needed, but there is no prompt.  To resolve, uninstall Elevate, install .Net Framework version 3.5 and then re-install Elevate.

If you are upgrading from Elevate Express to the full version of Elevate, please select the About Elevate dialog box from the Help menu.  Use the button provided to release your unlocking code.  Then restart the program and follow the instructions to unlock the full version.

Using Elevate

You can start Elevate in several ways:·

  • press Start, then select Programs, Elevate
  • double click on the Elevate icon on the desktop
  • double click on any Elevate document.

Optionally, you can create a new Elevate document without starting Elevate.  Right click in a blank part of your desktop and select New, Elevate Document. Elevate documents have an .elvx extension.  When Elevate has completed an analysis or simulation, it generates a corresponding .elvr file which contains the results. You can view the latest version of the manual at any time by selecting Elevate Manual from the Help menu.

We recommend that you read this manual and try out the features discussed before using Elevate on actual projects.  Advanced mode sections can be skipped if you are only using the basic functions of Elevate.

This guide assumes that you are familiar with the version of Windows you are using.  If you are not, please refer to Windows documentation and help systems before using Elevate.