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Installation and Licensing


Hardware Requirements

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

Operating System

Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise

NOTE: Administrative rights are required to install the software


32-bit or 64-bit (1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster)


16 GB 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 Hydro GeoAnalyst,  the following software pre-requisites are required:

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

  Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2005 Redistributable (provided with installation)

  Microsoft Office matching the bit-level edition of HGA (required for certain modules/features)


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


Additional Requirements

The following steps must also be taken to install the 32-bit Edition of Hydro GeoAnalyst:

HGA must be installed using Administrative rights and Windows 7 Compatibility Mode. Once installed, HGA will run normally without the need for either.

The .NET 2.0/3.5 framework must be enabled in Windows 10 settings.


SQL Server Requirements

Hydro GeoAnalyst works with SQL Server databases.  HGA databases can be stored on SQL Server 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, or 2022 instances. Full SQL Server Editions as well as Express or Local DB are supported.

An instance of SQL Server 2014 Local DB is automatically installed with HGA.

Starting Hydro GeoAnalyst

Once HGA has been installed on your computer, simply double-click on the Hydro GeoAnalyst shortcut icon () located on your computer’s desktop.  Alternatively, you can access the software via the Start Menu by clicking on the Windows button and looking under the Waterloo Hydrogeologic folder.


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.



If you have any problems with your particular system configuration, please make sure that you followed the installation instructions precisely. If the problem is still unresolved, contact your IT and/or hardware experts. Finally, if you are still having trouble, you may consider contacting our Support team:



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