System Requirements

Minimum PC System Requirements

For the main computer that has the program installed and where the database resides:

  • Windows 11 professional, 10, 8, or 7
  • Desktops are faster, hardier, more reliable and tend to be less expensive than laptops. They won’t slow down over the day since their fan is larger and better equipped to handle the environments. If you choose a laptop, make sure your processor is a good, fast one to compensate.
  • RAM recommendations – the more devices (computers and/or tablets) you have, the more RAM you should get
    • 16GB or better with several devices hitting the main computer (around 2-3 offices computers and 3-9 tablets)
    • 32GB or better for larger shows with 3 or more arenas running simultaneously
  • Processor recommendations – the more devices you have, the faster  and more reliable your processor should be
    • Intel i7 is recommended
    • Intel i9 is better and recommended for larger shows with 3 or more arenas running simultaneously
  • Disk Drive recommendations
    • an SSD is highly recommended
      • a smaller SSD (Solid State Drive) is better than a larger HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
        • 128 GB minimum
        • 256 or more recommended
  • 100 megabytes free disk drive space
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • Monitor
  • Backup device (CD burner, stick drive, tape or other)
  • Windows printer

These specs will work for any additional computers running on the network but at a minimum they should have:

  • Same version of Windows as the main computer (for ease of networking)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 2GHz processor (Intel i5 – i7 is better)
  • Smaller SSD is worth more than a larger HDD

As with any installation on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 or Vista, you may need to have Administrator rights for the installation to complete. If needed, to run the software itself as administrator, right click on the HSW shortcut and select Run as Administrator.


Installation of the software and location of the database should be installed to the root drive (generally the C drive) of your main computer. Default installation of HSW is C:\HrsWin which is as close to the root drive as you can get. If you prefer a different directory, be careful of putting it too deep into other folders.

For successful networking make sure you are:

  • using at least 1 GB switches
  • Turn off wifi on secondary computers

Although this program will work on a hard-wired network, support of your actual network is beyond the scope of services that FunnWare Development can offer by phone. Make sure that you have a local source of support for network selection, installation, and usage.

FunnWare Development tech support staff can try and help with networking @ $100/hr (not covered by yearly HSW Maintenance Contract)

Networking Tip: Using your main computer’s IP address versus computer name is generally faster on any shortcut’s to the main computer.