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Ancestral Quest System Requirements

Mac Version Mac Logo

  • macOS
    • Ancestral Quest and Ancestral Quest Basics, version 16, are available both as a 64-bit app and as a 32-bit app. The 64-bit app requires Max OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later. The 32-bit app requires OS X 10.7 (Lion) through macOS 10.14 (Mojave).
  • 400 MB hard disk space
  • Optional, for enhanced multimedia capabilities:
    • Scanner
    • speakers, microphone
    • Video capture board, USB or Firewire, or another means to import video
  • Optional, for NetFam™ Collaboration:
    • an Internet connection
  • Optional, for FamilySearch Family Tree capabilities:
    • an Internet connection
    • an account created on the FamilySearch.org website
  • Optional, for printing charts and reports to PDF files:
    • You will need to use a PDF creating driver. Even though MacOS has the built-in ability to generate PDF files, it will not work with Ancestral Quest. Follow the steps on the AQ for Mac FAQs page to download, setup and use a free PDF driver from the Internet.

Windows Version Windows Logo

  • Microsoft® Windows
    • Ancestral Quest and Ancestral Quest Basics, version 16, require Windows 10, 8.x, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 3, or Windows 2000. AQ runs on both 32- and 64-bit systems.
  • EGA or higher resolution display
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • 16 MB RAM
  • 40 MB hard disk space
  • CD-ROM drive for installation (if obtaining the program on CD)
  • Optional, for enhanced multimedia capabilities:
    • Scanner
    • Sound card, speakers, microphone
    • Video capture board, USB or Firewire, or another means to import video
  • Optional, for NetFam™ Collaboration:
    • an additional 40 MB hard disk space
    • an Internet connection
    • support drivers for ODBC, MDAC and SQL (Available from this web site, if not pre-installed on your computer.)
  • Optional, for FamilySearch Family Tree capabilities:
    • an Internet connection
    • an account created on the FamilySearch.org website
  • Optional, for printing charts and reports to PDF files:
    • You will need to use a PDF creating driver. If you don't already have one (Windows 10 comes with one called "Microsoft Print to PDF"), you can download a free PDF driver from the Internet.

Note: If you have Windows XP but the installer does not work properly, you most likely do not have Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed. Since Windows XP support has ended you can no longer update to the latest Service Pack; you will need to update your version of Windows or get a new computer. Visit this Microsoft web page to learn about the end of support for Windows XP.

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