Microsoft KB Archive/36502
WD: Hardware, System Software Requirements for Word 4.0/5.x/6.0
Last reviewed: March 26, 1998
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This article describes the hardware and System software requirements for Microsoft Word for the Macintosh.
Word Version 6.0
You must have a hard disk to run Word 6.0. To install Word 6.0, you must have a SuperDrive (Apple's 1.44-megabyte [MB] floppy disk drive), as the installation floppy disks are high density.
The requirements for available hard disk space and system memory vary depending on how you choose to install Word and how many programs you want to run simultaneously. Listed below are the minimum requirements for installing and running Word on either a Macintosh or Power Macintosh.
Macintosh with 68020 or Higher Processor:
NOTE: Word 6.0 cannot run on the following Macintosh models: the 128K and 512K Macintosh, Macintosh Plus, Macintosh SE, Macintosh Portable, Macintosh Classic, and the Apple PowerBook 100.
Word Versions 5.0 and 5.1
Realistically, you must have a hard disk to run Word 5.0 and 5.1. The program alone uses 852 KB of disk space. This is greater than the capacity of an 800-KB floppy disk and over half the capacity of the newer, high- density 1.4-MB floppy disk. Furthermore, in addition to the 852 KB program, most users will want to use the spelling checker, thesaurus, grammar checker, or many other parts of Word. A typical complete installation of Word version 5.0 uses 5.4 MB of hard disk space; version 5.1 uses 6.6 MB of hard disk space.
Word versions 5.0 and 5.1 cannot run on the following Macintosh models: the 128K Macintosh, the Macintosh Lisa (XL), the unenhanced 512K Macintosh, and the 512K Enhanced (512KE) Macintosh.
As of January 1994, Word versions 5.0 and 5.1 are compatible with all of the following computers, provided that a hard disk is present:
NOTE: Word 5.0 is compatible with all System versions after 6.0.2, but System 6.0.4 or later is recommended.
Word Version 4.0
Because the Word 4.0 program occupies more than 400 KB of disk space, either a hard disk or two 800-KB drives are required to use Word. A typical complete installation of Word version 4.0 uses 703 KB of hard disk space. Word 4.0 is not compatible with the 128K Macintosh, the Macintosh Lisa (XL), or the unenhanced 512K Macintosh. As of January 1994, Word 4.0 is compatible with the following computers:
NOTE: The term "Macintosh" includes Performas and PowerBooks. Word version 4.0 does not include the Macintosh System and Finder. Make sure to use versions of the System and Finder that are compatible with both the program and the computer according to the following table:
Macintosh Minimum System/Finder versions --------- ------------------------------ 512K Enhanced 3.2/5.3 Plus 3.2/5.3 SE 4.1/6.0 II 4.1/6.0 IIx 6.0.2/6.1 SE/30 6.0.3/6.1 IIcx 6.0.3/6.1 IIci 6.0.4/6.1.4 IIfx 6.0.5/6.1.5 IIsi 6.0.7/6.1.7 LC 6.0.7/6.1.7 Portable 6.0.4/6.1.4 Classic 6.0.7/6.1.7
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Last reviewed: March 26, 1998