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System Requirements for Windows

What Are the System Requirements for Windows?

The following system features are required on your computer to run SNAP 2016:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or newer*
  • Broadband Internet Connection:  
    • Recommended Minimum: 1Mbps download / 1Mbps upload.
    • Required: Uninterrupted connection to the Internet. (Wireless connections are not constant and can cause the user to lose connection. It is recommended that a wired connection is used whenever possible.)
    • Absolute Minimum: 512kbps download /512 kbps upload**.
  • Web Browser:  Chrome 49.0 or higher
  • Recommended Hardware Requirements for SNAP 2016:
    • 1.8ghz dual core processor or better
    • 6-8 gb System memory
    • 256mb Graphics Accelerator Memory
    • 128gb Hard Drive Space
    • Regular system updates including Windows, MSO, Google Chrome and other software.
  • Minimum Hardware Requirements for SNAP 2016***:
    • 2ghz single core processor
    • 4 GB System Memory
    • 128mb Graphics Accelerator Memory
    • Minimum of 64gb Hard Drive space
    • Regular system updates including Windows, MSO, Google Chrome and other software.
  • Screen Resolution: 1360 x 768 with 16 bit color or higher (4k monitors are not supported at this time)
  • DPI:  100% ( Windows 7 | Windows 8 | Windows 10 )
  • Lessons:  HTML5 and/or Adobe Flash Player Version 9 or higher
  • Skill Checks, Projects, and Exercises:
    • Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365 with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access (not Office Online)
    • NET framework 4.6 or higher
    • SNAP Skill Exam player
    • SNAP Evergreen App:  Installation of the SNAP Evergreen App is required. Click here if you have created an account and need to install only the SNAP Player.
    • Office 365 Premium Academic Subscription (If included with textbook. If not included, Microsoft Office 2016 is still required as described above)
Reference: Warnings and Explanations

*The Microsoft® .Net 4.6 Framework is a utility required by the SNAP product for skill exams. Most computers will already have this installed. If your computer does not, running the SNAP Player installation should install it. Click http://www.emcp.com/net to view the version(s) of .NET installed on your computer. Or you can download and install it yourself for free by clicking here.

** If people are doing multiple internet based tasks simultaneously or sharing a connection with multiple devices, then these recommended speeds may not be enough. All speeds are provided in the Speedtest.net default of Mbps and kbps (megabits per second and kilobits per second).These connection speed requirements include downloading and uploading at the same time. Since Speedtest.net tests download and upload separately for accuracy, your results will need to be higher than the the numbers provided above. For example, your upload speed may be 1Mbps in the Speedtest.net result, but may go down to 500kbps while your connection is downloading something at the same time.

***Minimums are set based on a fresh install of Windows/Office and no other system intensive applications running in the background.

Microsoft Office Subscription Activation Steps

  1. When you locate the key card, follow the instructions on the card and go to
  2. Enter your 25-digital product key as prompted.
  3. Sign in or create a Microsoft account.
  4. Select your preferred country and language.
  5. From your “My Account” page with Microsoft, select the item that you want to install.
  6. Click the “Install” button to begin your download.

Textbooks Do Not Contain a Disk

Textbooks do not contain a disc; it is a product key card that requires a download from office.com.


While every effort will be made to support future browser platforms and computer operating systems, Paradigm Education Solutions cannot guarantee future compatibility.

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