System Requirements

The install process checks that your system meets the minimum requirements; if they are not met, Dragon will not be installed.

These are the minimum requirements. There are also "recommended" and "recommended for best use" categories.


Minimum: 1 GHz Intel® Pentium® or equivalent AMD processor or 1.66 GHz Intel® Atom® processor.
For Dragon Professional Individual: Intel® dual core or equivalent AMD processor.
Recommended 2.2 GHz Intel® dual core or equivalent AMD processor.
Best-recommended: 2.6 GHz Intel® quad core i7 processor (Minimum 2.4 GHz dual core i5 processor

IMPORTANT: SSE2 instruction set required - see below

Processor Cache

Minimum: 512 KB.
Recommended: 2 MB.
Best-recommended: 6 MB.

Free Hard Disk Space

3.8GB (4 GB for localized non-English versions)
For Dragon Professional 14 Individual: 8

Supported Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10, 32-bit and 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, 32-bit and 64-bit
Microsoft Windows XP SP3, 32-bit only (not recommended)
Windows Server 2003 and 2008, SP1, SP2 and R2, 32-bit and 64-bit

Minimum : 2 GB for Windows 32-bit versions; 4 GB for Windows 64-bit versions
Recommended: 4 GB for Windows 32-bit, 8 GB for Windows 64-bit.
Best-recommended: The more the better.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or higher (free download at
Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 12 or higher, or Google Chrome 16 or higher are required in order to experience the enhanced capabilities in Gmail and Hotmail

Creative® Labs Sound Blaster® 16 or equivalent sound card supporting 16-bit recording

DVD-ROM drive required for installation; downloads also available

Nuance-approved noise-canceling headset microphone (included in purchase). See details at support. (includes Bluetooth microphones, recorders, and Tablet PCs).

Note: An Internet connection is required for product activation (a quick anonymous process).