Compatibility information for Automation and Drive Technology is available in the Compatibility Tool of the Industry Online Support.
The tool is designed to support you in questions about the compatibility of various hardware and software products. The database is constantly being extended.
The database is constantly being revised and extended. In addition, you can use the tool centrally to download the compatibility lists of the separate product lines as Excel files.
We would appreciate your feedback on the Compatibility Tool.
For this, please fill in and return the feedback form to assist us in the continuous development of the Compatibility Tool.
The table below contains the links to the Compatibility Tool and the feedback form.
To query the compatibility information you require, you must first choose a "master component" (WinCC, PCS 7, STEP 7, ...). To these "master components" you can add more components (such as operating systems, virus scanners, ...). Once you have chosen the components you require, you can have the compatibility list shown by hitting the "Show compatibility" button. A detailed description of the tool is available in the Online_Help.pdf file in the table below.
Description When using Microsoft operating system Windows Server 2003 SP1 or SP2, there can be rare cases of blocking on the OS clients if two clients (one after another) access the same runtime screen (*.pdl). Operation of the OS client is disrupted (hour glass) during this blocking.
The error that leads to this behavior is in the Kerberos ticket handling of the Microsoft operating system Windows Server 2003.
KB 943459 has been updated by Microsoft for Windows Server 2003 SP2 with KB 971468 (also available via WSUS).
More detailed information about Microsoft Patches is available in the entries below.
"Which Microsoft Security Patches have been tested for compatibility with SIMATIC WinCC?" in Entry ID: 18752994
"Which Microsoft Security Patches have been tested for compatibility with SIMATIC PCS 7?" in Entry ID: 18490004
A correction is provided by Microsoft in KB 943459 and KB 971468 at the following links.
We therefore recommend that you install Microsoft Patch KB 943459 or KB971468 as soon as possible.
Installation notes You have to restart the computer after installing this hotfix.
Close all SIMATIC applications beforehand.
Patch KB 943459 modifies the following code in the Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters OplockBreakWait. Do not change the default time of 35 seconds set in the parameter OplockBreakWait.
Which licenses do you need to upgrade from WinCC flexible 2008 or WinCC V7 to WinCC V11 and in WinCC V11?
Description If you have WinCC flexible or WinCC V7.0 RT installed on your computer, you need either the license for the upgrade (or for the PowerPack).
The table below explains the options available for license upgrading.
If you still do not have a version of WinCC flexible or WinCC V7.0 RT installed on your computer, you need the full license for WinCC V11 Engineering, WinCC Runtime Advanced V11 or WinCC Runtime Professional V11.
WinCC flexible 2008 (ES and RT) to WinCC V11 (WinCC flexible 2008 Advanced to WinCC V11 Advanced, for example)
If you upgrade WinCC flexible 2008 to WinCC V11 with a upgrade license you get a combo license. This combo license is valid for WinCC flexible 2008 and WinCC V11.
With a full license for WinCC V11 you can only operate with WinCC V11.
Versions older than WinCC flexible 2008 should be upgraded to WinCC flexible 2008.
WinCC V7 Runtime to WinCC Runtime Professional V11 (WinCC V7.0 Runtime 8k PowerTags to WinCC V11 Professional Runtime 8k PowerTags, for example)
Additional information about upgrading STEP 7 Information about upgrading STEP 7 is available in Entry ID 57775228.
TIA Portal Readiness Check Tool The TIA Portal Readiness Check Tool delivers an easy way of checking whether the TIA Portal supports the hardware in the project.
Information about this is available in Entry ID 60162195.
Additional Keywords Order number, MLFB, TIA Portal, Migration, Update, Upgrade, Successor, Replacement, Change, License Key, Authorization, License key
Why should you not install the Microsoft security patches KB2467174, KB2467175, KB2465361 and KB2465367 in WinCC, PCS 7 and WinCC Professional V11?
Description Installation of one of the Microsoft security patches KB2467174, KB2467175, KB2465361 or KB2465367 causes a massive drain on resources (increase in handles) in WinCC Runtime (OS Runtime, WinCC Runtime Professional V11). This consumption of resources can lead to a standstill of WinCC Runtime.
It is strongly recommended not to install any of the Microsoft security patches KB2467174, KB2467175, KB2465361 or KB2465367.
Detailed information about these Microsoft security patches is available at these links:
A remedy is given in the entries below under the corresponding KB numbers.
Refer also to
"Which Microsoft Security Patches have been tested for compatibility with SIMATIC WinCC?" in Entry ID: 18752994 and
"Which Microsoft Security Patches have been tested for compatibility with SIMATIC PCS 7?" in Entry ID: 18490004.
With what are SIMATIC WinCC V7.x, V 6.x and V5.x compatible?
Compatibility information for WinCC is available in the Compatibility Tool of the Industry Online Support.
The tool is designed to support you in questions about the compatibility of various hardware and software products.
The database is constantly being revised and extended. In addition, you can use the tool centrally to download the compatibility lists of the separate product lines as Excel files.
We would appreciate your feedback on the new Compatibility Tool.
For this, please fill in and return the feedback form.
The table below contains the link to the Compatibility Tool and the feedback form.
Brief Instructions To query the compatibility information you require, you must first choose a "master component" (WinCC, PCS 7, STEP 7, ...). To these "master components" you add more components (such as operating systems, virus scanners, other SIMATIC products, ...). Once you have chosen the components you require, you can have the compatibility list shown by hitting the "Show compatibility" button. A detailed description of the tool is available in the Online_Help.pdf file in the table below.
Release for operating system and Internet Explorer is only valid for WinCC. Please refer to the Release Notes for all other products.
For each version, please refer to the associated "Install Notes" and "Release Notes". Pay attention in particular to the software requirements for the Microsoft operating system and associated Microsoft Security Patches. More information about the Microsoft Security Patches is available in Entry ID: 18752994
SIMATIC WinCC V7.x is compatible with the following product versions:
In the case of WinCC V7.x, only the WinCC options supplied on the DVD are released for use in conjunction with the Basic Version of WinCC.
Notes on WinCC
Loading Microsoft Windows hotfixes and security patches is permitted, but this does not apply for the operating system service packs whose implementation with SIMATIC WinCC requires an explicit release. WinCC V6 cannot run on an embedded PC.
WinCC is not downwards compatible. This means you cannot operate a WinCC project created with WinCC version V6.0 SP4, for example, with a previous version of WinCC (WinCC V6.0 SP3 and earlier).
WinCC is generally upwards compatible. This means that if, for example, you have upgraded WinCC V6.0 to WinCC V6.0 SP4, you can also operate your WinCC V6.0 project with WinCC version V6.0 SP4. You can find notes on this in the "Migration" chapter in the WinCC Online Help.
Notes on WinCC Server and WinCC Client Constellations
For WinCC client-server systems, there are specific dependencies with regard to the versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system and the versions of WinCC. Refer to the notes given in the WinCC Information System under: Installation Notes > Installation Requirements > Software requirements for the installation. Notes on WinCC single-user systems are also available there.
With WinCC V7.0, you can also operate a WinCC server with Windows XP. You may only operate this server with a maximum of 3 clients. Operation of WinCC V7.0 with Windows XP as server is permitted only without options (Redundancy, for example). Note, too, that in this case Engineering is not permitted on the WinCC clients.
The same versions of the service packs for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 must be installed for the WinCC server and for the WinCC clients.
Perform a pure installation of Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 for the WinCC server without options such as "Domain Controller" or "Active Directories". This is due to the high requirements in terms of performance and memory space which would otherwise arise.
Ensure that the operating systems in a WinCC client-server configuration are homogeneous with WinCC V5.x.
This means that if you operate the server side of WinCC with a Windows 2000 server, for example, then Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2000 Advanced Server must also be installed on the WinCC client side.
Notes on using the Remote software on WinCC stations
Use of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is permitted exclusively for the teleservicing of WinCC Clients. In addition, there must be no server services enabled on those computers (WebNavigator Server, DataMonitor Server or OPC Server, for example).
The reason for this lies in the handling of Remote Desktop sessions by the Microsoft operating system.
You must use the RealVNC software for remote access to the other computers of a distributed WinCC plant (WinCC Server, for example).
Unlike PCS 7, the pcAnywhere software is not supplied withWinCC.
The Host version of pcAnywhere must be installed on a WinCC station if that WinCC station is to be remote controlled by another PC station with pcAnywhere.
The other PC station that remote controls the WinCC station needs the Remote version of pcAnywhere for remote control. For this you need the full version of pcAnywhere.
If you wish to use the full version of pcAnywhere from Symantec, then you have to procure the software.
The full version of pcAnywhere is not released on WinCC systems.
Make sure that you install pcAnywhere before WinCC.
Notes on using virus scanners on WinCC stations
Disable the integrated firewall of the virus scanners or do not install the firewall.
Do not run manual or time-controlled scans during Runtime mode.
In the case of automatic scanning, only monitor the incoming data traffic.
Scan only local drives.
Enable e-mail scanning only on WinCC Engineering Stations.
Disable display of dialog messages.
More important information, also regarding third-party software, is available in WinCC "Release Notes" and in the WinCC Online Help in the following paths.
As from WinCC V7.0: "WinCC Information System > Working with WinCC > Working with Projects > Making settings for Runtime > Influence of external applications on Runtime".
As from WinCC V6.0 SP3: "WinCC Information System > Working with WinCC > Working with Projects > Activating project > Settings for Runtime > External applications".
Notes on using Smart Tools in WinCC
How do you install WinCC Smart Tools? Entry ID: 10880206
What Smart Tools are there for WinCC (brief description)? Entry ID: 13681075
Notes for using OPC in WinCC The WinCC Help includes general notes on OPC, functionality, OPC specifications and compatibility. The Help also contains a detailed description of the WinCC version concerned, which OPC servers are available, the requirements for operation, how the OPC servers are used as well as sample configurations and commissioning notes. There is also a detailed description of how to use WinCC as OPC client in each version of WinCC.
More information is available in the WinCC Information System in this path:
WinCC Information System > Tools > OPC - Open Connectivity
More information, about how to program an OPC client with Visual Basic or C, for example, is available in the manual of the OPC specification concerned at www.opcfoundation.org.
Warning The following licenses are required for the WinCC OPC server:
WinCC OPC server
WinCC OPC DA server
WinCC Runtime license (WinCC RT or WinCC RC license)
WinCC OPC HDA server, WinCC OPC A&E server, WinCC OPC XML DA
WinCC Connectivity Pack license
WinCC OPC DA server, WinCC OPC HDA server, WinCC OPC A&E server
WinCC Connectivity Station license
Compatibility lists The table below shows the compatibility lists in the previous form.
WARNING The status of these lists is as at March 2013 and will no longer be revised and updated.
SIMATIC WinCC V7.2 is compatible with the following product versions:
WinCC V7.2 Compatibility List
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SIMATIC WinCC V7.0 is compatible with the following product versions:
WinCC V7.0 Compatibility List
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SIMATIC WinCC V6.2 is compatible with the following product versions:
WinCC V6.2 Compatibility List
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SIMATIC WinCC V6.0 is compatible with the following product versions:
WinCC V6.0 Compatibility List
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SIMATIC WinCC V5.x is compatible with the following product versions:
WinCC V5.x Compatibility List
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Internet Explorer, IE, STEP 7, S7, SIMATIC NET, WebNavigator, ProAgent, WinBDE, Migration, Upgrade, 21927667, 15227707, 24122009, 33912473, 8795716, 11703924, 49382338, Remote service, Remote control, Additional software, Remote software, Remote diagnostics, Smart Tools, System requirements, Communication requirements, GMP, Pharma, Life Science, Validation, FDA 21 CFR Part 11
Which Microsoft Patches ("Security Patches" and "Critical Patches") have been tested for compatibility with SIMATIC WinCC?
However, you only have to install "Security Patches" and "Critical Patches" to ensure that SIMATIC WinCC operation is secure and stable. For this reason, a WinCC test configuration has been set up in order to test the compatibility of the WinCC software with the above-mentioned patch classifications ("Security Patches" and "Critical Patches"). This system always features the very latest of the released versions of WinCC and Microsoft products released for operating these versions of WinCC. Keeping pace with the updates published by Microsoft, compatibility tests with the latest released versions of WinCC are performed on the test system.
The attached table in xls format provides precise information about the Microsoft "Security Patches" and "Critical Patches" which are tested for compatibility. As far as possible, this is updated within two weeks after publication of the latest updates of the classification designated.
If reflects the Microsoft products installed in the WinCC test configuration. Therefore, a discrepancy between this list and the products installed in the project cannot be excluded. If a system requires more updates than contained in the published list, these updates are requested according to the additional installed products / software components. In this case, it is up to the user to install these updates. We recommend installing all the available updates of both the named classifications to ensure that the system is protected.
However, we cannot say anything about the compatibility of such updates that we have not tested. Therefore, we recommend installing all the updates in separate project-specific test environment prior to rolling out the updates in the productive environment.
In rare cases an update might have a negative effect on our software in our tests. This is noted in the "Comment" field in the list above. Furthermore, we inform you as fast as possible by newsletter of any indications and the resulting remedies.
Recommended procedure for patch management with the Microsoft Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) These instructions assume that you have a WSUS installed for your WinCC system. How to proceed with the WSUS is described in Entry ID: 38621083.
In the "Products and Classifications" dialog you select the "Products" tab and then all the Microsoft products relevant for the system.
In the "Products and Classifications" dialog you select the "Classifications" tab and then "Security Updates" and "Critical Updates".
Create the project-specific groups for distribution of the updates in the system.
Download the "Security_Patches.xls" Excel table above onto your computer.
Open the table and set the filter to "Failed" in the "Test Result" column.
Check the "Comments" column to see whether these updates have been replaced.
Select all the available updates in the "Critical Updates" and "Security Updates" categories and then deselect the non-released patches as in the list above. Release the patches for installation in the groups created.
Log in on the clients connected to the WSUS using an administrative account (the clients were configured to receive the updates from the WSUS).
Execute the updates offered.
When using an Industrial Automation Firewall 200/1000 or Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) you must also select "Definition Updates" under "Products and Classifications" in Fig. 2 in the table above.
You can find more precise information about Industrial Security in connection with WinCC software in the WinCC Security Concept in Entry ID: 60119725.
For more detailed explanations about Microsoft Updates and the WSUS visit the following Microsoft sites.
To find out which Microsoft Patches are installed on the PC, refer to Entry ID: 48844294.
This guideline applies only as from WinCC V6.0 SP4.
The procedure described above does not apply for new Microsoft Service Packs which still require an explicit release for use. If the patches require a higher version of the Microsoft software, then refer to the "WinCC Install Notes" or Entry ID 21927773 to check whether these higher versions of the software or Service Packs are released for SIMATIC WinCC.
Additional Keywords Windows Update Service, Security Patch
How can you find out which Microsoft Patches are installed on the PC?
Description Microsoft provides the option by means of WMI for determining which patches are installed.
What is WMI/WMIC? WMI is the abbreviation for "Windows Management Instrumentation".
WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command Line) extends WMI for operation by way of multiple command line interfaces and batch processing script files.
In the Windows Start menu you select the "Ausführen" menu item and enter the command "cmd". (German version)
In the Windows Start menu you select the "Run..." menu item and enter the command "cmd". (English version)
In the DOS command window that opens you enter the command below: wmic qfe list full /format:htable >C:\Temp\hotfixes.htm
This command creates an HTM list with the installed patches of Microsoft Windows.
Go to the path specified (here C:\Temp) and find the file Hotfixes.htm.
This file contains a list of all the Microsoft Windows patches installed on the SIMATIC PC.
In this list you can find the patches required using the Search command.
Description Attached is further information on WinCC V7.0 SP2 Update 3, V7.0 SP2, V7.0 SP1, V7.0, V6.2 SP3, V6.2 SP2, V6.0 SP4 and V6.0 SP2 for the Catalog ST80. This information refers to communication components and their compatibility and order data for the above-mentioned versions of WinCC.
The requirements for the WinCC Web Navigator hardware and operating system are given in the WinCC Web Navigator Help, under "Start > SIMATIC > WinCC > Web Navigator > Web Navigator Information System > Contents > Requirements > Hardware and Software".
If the server is being used as a standalone computer and is only installed as server because of the WinCC/Web Navigator client, then please do a customized installation of Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and do not install the "Domain Controller" option.
Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS)
The IIS is contained on the Microsoft Windows 2000 CD. It is installed automatically in Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. In the case of Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, you have to install the IIS afterwards via "Start > Settings > Control Panel > Software > Add/Remove Windows Components".
You can install the IIS in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 via the 5-language Option Pack CD supplied.
If the server is being used as a standalone computer and is only installed as server because of the WinCC/Web Navigator client, then please do a customized installation of Windows 2000 and do not install the "File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Server" and "SMTP Service" options.
Notes on WinCC Web ClientV6.x and V7.x:
You must disable the Windows firewall in Windows XP SP2 on Web Clients with WinCC Basic system V6.0 SP3, V6.0 SP4 or WinCC File Server.
Using the MSI technology when installing the Web Client means that the "MS Installer" service is required on the target computer. However, this is not available in Windows NT V4.0. You can install the service via the "instmsiw.exe" file on the "Web Navigator" product CD.
Access to intranet / Internet or TCP/IP connection to the Web Server
Notes on WinCC Web ServerV6.x and V7.x:
You must disable the Windows firewall in Windows XP SP2 on computers with WinCC Basic system V6.0 SP3, V6.0 SP4 or WinCC File Server.
In order to use more than 3 clients, you must install the server version Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003, because the workstation version is limited to three clients.
Access to intranet / Internet or TCP/IP connection to the Web client
Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS):
The IIS is on the Microsoft Windows 2000 CD. It is installed automatically in Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. In the case of Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, you have to install the IIS afterwards via "Start > Settings > Control Panel > Software > Add/Remove Windows Components".
In the case of Microsoft Windows XP, you have to install the IIS afterwards via "Start > Settings > Control Panel > Software > Add/Remove Windows Components".
The IIS is already installed in Microsoft Windows Vista. You have to activate this by going to "Start > Control Panel > Programs and Functions > Enable/Disable Windows Functions > Internet Information Services". Details on the settings are available in the WinCC Information System under "Options > WinCC/WebNavigator > WinCC/WebNavigator Installation Notes > Installation of the WinCC/Web Navigator Server > Installation of the Internet Information Service (IIS)".
The IIS is already installed in Microsoft Windows 7. You have to activate this by going to "Start > Control Panel > Programs and Functions > Enable/Disable Windows Functions > Internet Information Services". Details on the settings are available in the WinCC Information System under "Installation Notes > Installation Requirements > Software Requirements for the Installation > Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008: Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS)".
If you wish to have the information published in an intranet, you need the following:
A network-compatible computer and a LAN connection (LAN = Local Area Network).
A system for name resolution, the computer name resolved in IP addresses (IP = Internet Protocol). This step is not mandatory, but it permits you to use "alias names" instead of IP addresses for the connection with your server.
If you wish to have the information published in the Internet, you need the following:
An Internet connection and an IP address from your Internet service provider (ISP). You can only publish in the Internet if you have a connection to the Internet that is provided to you by the Internet service provider.
A network card that supports the connection with the Internet.
A DNS registration (DNS = Domain Name System) for your IP address. This step is not mandatory, but it permits you to use "alias names" instead of IP addresses for the connection with your server.
If the server is being used as a standalone computer and is only installed as server because of the WinCC/Web Navigator client, then please do a customized installation of Windows 2000. Do not install the "File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Server" and "SMTP Service" options.
System requirements, Hardware and software, 24842694, 8719041, 13682280, 19195356, 19236782, 17233440, 19196010, 22065702, 23991658
With which Microsoft Windows operating systems is SIMATIC WinCC/ProAgent compatible?
For installing WinCC V6.0 you need Microsoft Windows Security Patches for different operating systems. These patches are located on the MS Tools CD supplied with the installation CD of SIMATIC WinCC.
As from WinCC V6.0 SP3 the Microsoft Windows security patches are located on the DVD "MS Service Packs & Tools".
As from WinCC V6.2, if not already installed, the required Security Patches are installed when WinCC is installed after querying.
As from WinCC V7.0 the required Security Patches are installed automatically when WinCC is installed.
Installing the security patches
Read the installation requirements
Insert the WinCC installation CD in your computer's CD drive.
If the Autostart function is not executed, start the application via "Start.exe".
Select the menu item "Read first". The WinCC Online Help opens. Read the notes under "Installation Notes > Installation Prerequisites".
The item "Software Requirements for Installation" provides information about which Microsoft hotfixes and security patches are necessary for installing WinCC.
Note For subsequent operation of WinCC you should always try to keep the computer with the WinCC installation up to date, that is install the Microsoft Windows hotfixes and security patches.
Insert MS Tools CD or corresponding DVD
To install these patches you insert the MS Tools CD in the CD drive of your computer.
If the Autostart function is not executed, start the application via "Start.exe".
Select the language
In the main menu of the Setup you select the "Language Selection" item. In the "Language Selection" dialog you select the language in which the operating system is to be installed. Click the "OK" button to acknowledge the dialog.
Note A multilanguage operating system installation is always based on an English operating system. In this case you select "English".
Install the security patch or hotfix
In the main menu you select the "Install Software" item.
Select the security patch or hotfix you need.
If you are using Windows XP SP2, select the "Hotfix Windows XP SP2" item to install the KB319740.
Finish the installation
Finish installation of the security patch or hotfix.
You can start installing WinCC when all the requirements for installing WinCC (see Step 1) are fulfilled.
QUESTION: What do I have to take into consideration when using SIMATIC
WinCC V5.1 with software of the "SIMATIC NET 07/2001 SP4" CD?
If you want to employ WinCC V5.1 in connection with the "SIMATIC
NET CD 07/2001 SP4", and the "SIMATIC PC" station contains a WinCC
application, you have to carry out the following steps before
downloading or importing the configuration:
Start the file "WinCC_for_Stationmanager.reg" by
double-clicking on it.
The file can be found in the SIMATIC NET installation
(usually under C:\Program Files\SIEMENS\SIMATIC.NET\statmgr).
Restart the computer.
Start the program for configuring components.
Highlight the line with the index which indicates the location
of the WinCC application.
Click on the button "Add" and choose "WinCC
Reload the project into the target station.
The "SIMATIC NET CD 07/2001" starting with SP1 is released for
WinCC versions starting with V5.1.
If "SIMATIC NET PC Software V6.0" starting with SP1 and WinCC V5.1
or older is installed on the and WinCC is deinstalled afterwards,
"SIMATIC NET PC Software V6.0" has to be reinstalled.
Microsoft Windows language versions released for SIMATIC WinCC V5.1