GraphPad Prism & Windows 7


You can create scientific graphs, biostatistics and analyze your data with the program Prism from software creator GraphPad. The most recent release, as of the time of publication, works well with Windows 7. However, your operating system may cause a few issues that you can remedy without advanced technical knowledge.

System Requirements

  • According to the website, GraphPad Prism 5 is compatible with Windows 2000 through Windows 7. However, Prism 3.03 and Prism 4 are compatible up to Windows XP only, so you must install a newer version of the software on any computer running Windows Vista or 7. Although Prism 5 has been altered to better fit the new Windows theme of Vista and 7, there are no performance or feature differences if you use Windows 7.

Running as Administrator

  • You may need administrative privileges to run GraphPad Prism for the first time. On Windows 7, right-click the Prism icon and select the option to run as an admin. If you don't have this option, sign in to a user account with these privileges. If you're using a computer without administrative access, you may need to contact your organization's IT department.

Prism and InStat

  • If you're using InStat or StatMate with GraphPad Prism on Windows 7, you may have trouble using the help screen because these programs use an older help format, which relied upon the Windows Help Viewer. As this is no longer apart of Windows, since the release of Vista, you must download the Windows Help program from the Microsoft website to view these help files.

Network Security

  • When you install Prism 5 across a network of computers, the program is stored in a shared location and, when you launch it, you access the program from this location, not your local computer. Windows 7 may issue a security warning when you launch the program. You can turn off this warning by opening your Control Panel and selection "Internet Options" from the "Network and Internet" section. Click the "Security" tab and click the "Custom level" button. Check the button next to "Enable (Not Secure)" in the "Miscellaneous" section.

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