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Detailed Software Operational Requirements

Everything you need to know about running NetScanTools Pro.

Required Operating System

This is a 32 bit program designed for use on 32 or 64 bit Windows 10, 8.x, 7, Vista, XP SP3, Server 2012 or 2008. The program can be run from a non-administrator privileges account if you allow the startup of WinPcap at boot -- the WinPcap installer asks for permission to do this. The USB Version requires Administrator Privileges and you must invoke "Run as administrator" to use on Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista.

Apple MAC OS - it is possible to run this program from within Windows running on VMWare Fusion or Parallels virtual machines. You must make your network interface operate in 'bridged' mode.

When using NetScanTools Pro on...
Windows 7: Your version must be 10.81 or newer.
Windows Vista/2008 Server: Your version must be 10.42 or newer.

Support for Windows 2000 ended with 10.98.2. Version 11 does not support Windows 2000.

NetScanTools Pro 11 does not run on Windows Windows 2000, NT4 SP6a, NT3.5x, ME, 98 or 95.

Video Display Resolution (minimum)

We recommend 1024x768. Currently requires 32 bit color depth - 16 bit and lower are not supported.

Network Connection

NetScanTools Pro requires a TCP/IP network connection with access to a DNS. We recommend a wired connection such as ethernet. Many parts of the program will run through a wireless connection, however the portions of the program heavily dependent on WinPcap may not run properly through the wireless interface or a cellular modem connection especially if the tool is sending packets through the interface. For best results, do not use it behind a firewall unless you can configure the firewall to pass the packet types we use (ICMP, TCP/UDP, ARP). Personal firewalls and some antivirus scanners that check incoming and outgoing email will cause false positive reporting when using port scanner due to the way they operate. We use the WinPcap packet driver for some features. WinPcap goes around many personal firewalls including the Windows firewall and allows us to talk directly with network interface. Installation of the WinPcap driver is required.

Computer Speed (minimum)

We recommend at least a 1Ghz machine.

Hard Disk Space

NetScanTools Pro requires 50 Mbytes minimum of hard disk space. The USB version is supplied on a 32GB USB v3/v2 flash drive and requires no hard disk space.

Mandatory Product Registration

Registration is required after program installation to activate the Maintenance Plan. You get 15 uses in unregistered mode. Registration FAQs are here.


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