RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000 support for Windows XP / 7 / 8

On Wednesday in this article I discussed how to use Rockwell's PCDC webpage to look up the compatibility of Rockwell Software packages and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

In today's article we'll take a look at the results for RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000 Logix Designer.

RSLogix 5000 compatibility with Windows XP:


In the above screen shot of Rockwell's PCDC webpage we can see versions 16.03.00 – 20.03.00 are all listed as being Windows XP compatible.

RSLogix 5000 compatibility with Windows 7:


In this screen shot of Rockwell's PCDC webpage we can see versions 19.01.01 – 20.03.00 are listed as being Windows 7 compatible.

While the older versions are listed as “not compatible,” I've found they do work fairly well, but small issues (like not being able to open the help files) do pop-up from time to time.

RSLogix 5000 compatibility with Windows 8:


Finally, in the above screen shot of Rockwell's PCDC webpage we can see versions 16.03.00 -20.03 are all listed as not being Windows 8 compatible (I've never attempted to run them on Windows 8 myself.)

Studio 5000 compatibility with Windows XP:


In the above screen shot of Rockwell's PCDC webpage we can see versions 21.0.00 – 26.01.00 are all listed as not being Windows XP compatible.

Studio 5000 compatibility with Windows 7:


In this screen shot of Rockwell's PCDC webpage we see versions 21.0.00 – 26.01.00 are listed as being Windows 7 Pro SP1 and Home Premium SP1 compatible.

The remaining versions of Windows 7 are listed as “may be compatible” which I interpret as meaning these versions have not specifically been tested, but should work.

Studio 5000 compatibility with Windows 8:


Lastly, in the above screen shot we can see versions 24.0.00 – 26.01.00 are listed as being Windows 8 compatible, while older versions are not.

I hope the above look at RSLogix/Studio 5000 Windows compatibility was helpful.

If you have a comment, question, or suggestion, please feel free to submit them using the “post a comment or question” link below.


Shawn Tierney
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  1. I have RSLogix 5000, several versions including 20.01, running under Win7, supporting a factory full of machinery. Now we’ve purchase a new machine with a PLC that uses 20.03. My understanding is that I can’t install 20.03 without losing 20.01 (and who knows what else). So I’d like to install 20.03 in XPMode, but it won’t install, even though 20.03 shows to be compatible with XP. It fails to configure MSXML.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Larry,

      I think Rockwell may include a copy of MSXML installation with RSLogix, and maybe running that install separately first would help? The MSXML install also seems to be downloadable from MS too…

      Please let us know how you make out,


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      • Thanks for the hint. I had been trying to install from a folder outside of the VM. I copyed the installation files into a folder inside the VM and then it was able to install with no problem.

        Now, how can I get FT Activation Manager to look at the host machine’s activation server?

        Thanks for helping!


    • Best practice now would be to install v20.04 and you won’t have to worry whether one machine is 20.01 or 20.03. v20.04 is compatible with both versions.

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