Chapter BC1. Installing and Configuring 3ds Max 2010

Before you can enjoy all the great features in 3ds Max, you have to install the software and get your system configured properly. This appendix helps you do just that. After you're finished here, you're ready to go.

Choosing an Operating System

If you're purchasing a new computer to run 3ds Max and have the luxury of customizing your system, you can do several things to make life easier. One of your first decisions is what operating system to use to run Max. 3ds Max 2010 can run on both Windows XP and Windows Vista.


Max 2010 does not run on Windows XP Home.

Regardless of the operating system you choose, make sure you have installed the latest Service Pack (which you can download for free from Microsoft's Web site at Both operating systems enable you to run multiple copies of 3ds Max at the same time on a single machine. If you're running the 64-bit version of Max, you need to be running a 64-bit operating system.


If you plan to install Max onto a Windows Vista computer, you need to turn off User Access Control (UAC) in the Command Panel before starting the installation.

Also note that Windows 2000, NT, Windows 98, and Windows ME are not supported.

Hardware Requirements

To get good performance from 3ds Max, you need a fairly meaty machine. A good default system ...

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