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Ansys (Ansoft) Installation Guides & FAQ for Students, Faculties & Researchers
Last Updated 11 months ago

  1. How to download Ansys:
    1. Faculties & Researchers: Please submit a ticket here for further supports.
    2. Students: Click on this link => Scroll down and click "Free Download Now" under Ansys Student software or any other available software from "Free Student Software Downloads".
  2. Installation Prerequisites:
    1. Antivirus Software: Make sure to turn off all third-party antivirus software before installing because they can interfere with firewall rule exceptions, makes it impossible to run Ansys.
    2. Administrative Privilege: Installing Ansys will require administrative privilege on the designated computer and/or laptop, Ansys will not install without it.
    3. System Requirements:
      1. Supported Operating System(s): Microsoft Windows 10, 64-bit
      2. Minimum Hardware Requirements for Student Products Except Ansys Discovery:
        1. Processor(s): Workstation class
        2. 4 GB RAM
        3. 25 GB hard drive space
        4. Computer must have a physical C:/” drive present
        5. Graphics card and driver: Professional workstation class 3-D
        6. OpenGL-capable
      3. Minimum Hardware Requirements for Ansys Discovery:
        1. CPU: Pentium® 4 2.0 GHZ or Athlon® 2000+ or faster, 64-bit (x64) processor
        2. 8 GB RAM
        3. Ansys Discovery Student relies on the latest GPU technology to provide its computation and visual experience. To run the software, you will require:
          1. Graphics Card: A dedicated NVIDIA GPU card (Quadro recommended) based on the Kepler, Maxwell or Pascal architecture. Maxwell 2000 or better is strongly recommended. Most dedicated NVIDIA GPU cards produced in 2013 or later will be based on one of these architectures.
          2. At least 4GB of video RAM (8GB preferred) on the GPU. Please ensure that you have the latest driver for your graphics card, available from NVIDIA Driver Downloads. The Discovery Compatibility Utility can be used to determine if your current graphics hardware is capable of supporting Ansys Discovery. Performance of Discovery is less dependent on machine CPU and RAM. A recent generation 64-bit CPU running Windows, and at least 4GB of RAM will be sufficient. If you do not have a graphics card that meets these specifications, the software will not run.
  3. Installation Instructions:
    1. Locate the downloaded file (in the "Downloads" folder by default): image
    2. Right-click on the file, click "Extract All" to extract the zipped file and wait until finished:image
    3. A newly extracted folder will be created, click open, scroll down and run the "setup" file:image
    4. Agree to the terms and click "Next": image
    5. Here, you can choose to customize the installation path or just click "Next" for default path:image
    6. Wait for the installation to finish (Usually takes 30 minutes to an hour):image
    7. Once done, click "Exit": image
    8. Ansys is now successfully installed on your computer! Explore below for more information!
  4. Frequently Asked Questions:
    1. Where can I find more support for Ansys?
      1. Go to ANSYS Support Forum
    2. What is the difference between student and academic licenses?
      1. Academic license is for research and instructional purposes only.
    3. Where to install the software?
      1. You may install the student license on your own personal device. Researchers and Faculties will have to create a ticket for University-issued computers.
    4. How do I remotely connect to the University-issued computers from home?
      1. You will first need to install the VPN client:
        1. How to VPN client: https://ost.sdsu.edu/scp/faq.php?id=120
      2. After the VPN client is installed, you can start the remote connection:
        1. How to setup RDP:  https://ost.sdsu.edu/scp/faq.php?id=97
  5. Additional Information:
    1. Ansys Courses: https://courses.ansys.com/
    2. Ansys Learning Hub: https://www.ansys.com/services/ansys-learning-hub 
    3. Ansys Discovery Forum: https://discoveryforum.ansys.com/
    4. Ansys Certificates & Badges: https://certifications.ansys.com/
    5. Ansys Student Partnerships: https://www.ansys.com/academic/students/student-teams

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