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Installing AquaChem


Hardware Requirements

To run the latest version of AquaChem, you will need the following minimum system configuration:

Operating System

Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise

Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise

NOTE: Administrative rights may be required to install the software


32-bit or 64-bit (Pentium 4 or higher)


8GB or more recommended

Hard Disk

500 MB Free Space, plus extra space for your projects

Networking Hardware

Network Card (required for soft key licensing)


Software Requirements

To run the latest version of AquaChem,  the following software pre-requisites are required:

  Microsoft .NET Framework v.4.0 installed (provided with installation)

  R (optional) - see the Installing R instructions

  PHREEQC, PHREEQCi (optional) - see the Installing PHREEQC and PHREEQCi instructions


Database Providers

AquaChem stores project data in database files and must connect via database provider; currently two types of database/providers are supported in AquaChem:

  An instance of SQL Server 2014 Local DB (provided with installation) or later

  Microsoft Office OR Microsoft Access Runtime (optional) - see the Installing Access Runtime Engine instructions


If you have any problems with your particular system configuration, please contact your system administrator, or technical support:


Installation and Licensing

When you purchase AquaChem, you will receive download and installation instructions. Please consult these for the latest instructions.




Starting AquaChem

Once AquaChem has been installed on your computer, simply double-click on the AquaChem shortcut icon () located on your computer’s desktop.

Alternatively, you can access the software via the start menu by clicking on Start/Programs/...


Please Note: If you are using dongle-based hardware licensing, please ensure that your dongle is connected to your computer AFTER you have installed the software, and that you have properly configured your installation.



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