Minimum and suggested system requirements for a la mode desktop software

This document lists our minimum hardware specifications, as well as what we recommend.

Document 6002  |  Last updated:  03/20/2018 SPB

Due to increasing customer demand, we've compiled a list of recommended hardware for appraisers in 2018 that goes above and beyond our minimum system requirements.  Choose a section below to get started!

Minimum requirements  |  Suggested specifications


Minimum requirements

The versions of Windows listed below are the only versions that are currently supported for installing our desktop software.  Click one of the buttons below to view Microsoft's official minimum system requirements.  If you're unsure which version you use, click here.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1)
Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2 *
Windows Server 2016 *
  • *The essentials version of this operating sytem only installs as a domain controller.  Installing on a domain controller is not supported.  For more information, click here.

Beyond the official requirements to run Windows, one thing to keep in mind when purchasing a new PC or upgrading your existing hardware is hard drive space.  You need enough space to install your programs, and enough space to store your report files.

Program size on disk:
  •  TOTAL:  750MB (750MB + 400MB if installed on a server)
  •  WinTOTAL Aurora:  1GB (server and standalone)
  •  TOTAL Sketch:  200MB
  •  TOTAL Connect:  220MB
Report file sizes:

We recommend that you have at least 20MB of storage space available per report that you complete.  Multiply this value with the number of reports you complete in a year to determine your minimum annual storage needs.

TOTAL should not be installed on the following:

  • Terminal services, or any other remote desktop service
  • A VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection
  • A server that's also being used as a domain controller
  • A NAS drive (Network Attached Storage)
  • Within a compressed directory
  • Redirecting folders such as "My Documents" to a different location

If you're planning on using any of the above, your installation won't be supported by a la mode, and you may need the assistance of a local technician.

MB = Megabyte, GB = Gigabyte, TB = Terabyte

Suggested specifications

As with any software, the more your PC exceeds minimum requirements, the better your experience will be.  With this in mind, if you're interested in purchasing the best computer setup possible, we've put together a buying guide which outlines exactly which tablet, laptop, desktop, and accessories to get in 2018.  Click here to download it.

PC specifications:
  •  RAM (memory):  8 to 16GB DDR4
  •  Hard drive:  240GB or greater solid state drive (SSD)*
  •  Processor:  Quad-Core i5 or greater
We don't support the use of a NAS drive (Network Attached Storage) to store your TOTAL files.  However, if you have one hard drive which is substantially larger than another, you may want to change the folder that TOTAL uses to store your reports or images.  Click here to learn how.

*The national average for hard drive space was 1 to 1.5 TB in 2016.  Your needs may vary.
MB = Megabyte, GB = Gigabyte, TB = Terabyte

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