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Evaluate Requirements to Upgrade

Before upgrading your Creo, review your existing system and determine the effects of upgrading. Be sure your hardware is ready to support the latest version.

Before you begin, complete this step:

01. System Requirements

When upgrading Creo, refer to our guidance on hardware and software requirements (access to this link requires logging into eSupport). Evaluate what your needs may be:

  • Hardware Considerations: What type of hardware do you have? (For example, RAM, Monitors, Network, Graphics Cards, etc.)
  • Software Considerations: What type of software do you have? (For example, Windows System, FLEXlm/FLEXnet Server, Internet Browser, OpenGL, etc.)

Depending on your needs and the extensions you choose, you will have different hardware requirements. Common examples of special hardware requirements are graphics cards for View Client and View Adapters or Creo Simulation.

Refer to the recommended resources below for links to hardware and software resources.

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02. PTC Product Compatibility

Creo and PLM Software

Our Creo software connects to our industry-leading PLM software, Windchill. When preparing for an upgrade, it is essential to think about your connections to a PLM system.

The key considerations to make:

  • Evaluate each products' roadmap release dates, end of support, and end of life information. You can find this information on our PTC Product Calendar.
  • Use the Release Advisor (access to this link requires logging into eSupport) to see how your installed version of Creo Parametric is compatible with PTC and other popular third-party products.
  • Check changes made in Creo releases within the same version (e.g., vs. in our what's new in Creo Parametric 1.0 to 8.0.

Note: If you use Creo with a non-PTC PLM System, please refer to the documentation provided by the PLM company.

Working with Different Versions of Creo

We know that product design in Creo is a highly collaborative process. You may choose to have multiple teams within a company or even a third-party partner contribute to your design. When making an upgrade, you should be cognizant of the current Creo versions used, align on version requirements between teams and partners, as well as map the potential compatibility change from the upgrade.

Creo Parametric models are fully forward compatible (i.e., models from an older Creo version can be opened in newer Creo versions, but not vice versa).

Creo and Other CAD Systems

When working with other CAD systems, such as CATIA, NX, please be sure to review Creo Parametric system compatibility and version support information, as well as applications that support the connection.

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03. Plan Configurations and Customizations

Creo configurations and customizations allow you to set-up your environment just for you.

  • Configurations allow you to modify elements, like the user interface, within Creo to your preferences.
  • Customizations are special builds that may not always be supported by PTC. For details on Creo Toolkit Customizations or Customization Support, please refer to our Customization Support Policy for Creo.

When upgrading, it is crucial to keep track of all configurations and customizations made beforehand, as well as review what configurations have changed, then re-configure (access to this link requires logging into eSupport) during the installation of the new software.

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