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Quick Install - Windows

ADS can be installed on a Windows machine after downloading the installation file from the Keysight EEsof EDA website, as illustrated.


Obtain ADS License File

ADS requires a license to run. You can either apply for an Evaluation or a Purchased license. Once the license request is approved, a license file (with .lic extension) is sent as an email attachment. Save this file on your computer at C:\Program Files\Keysight\EEsof_License_Tools\bin\licenses.

  • The default EEsof licensing tool path will remain as C:\Program Files\Agilent\EEsof_License_Tools, if an EEsof product released before 1st August, 2014 is installed prior to an EEsof product released after 1st August, 2014. The EEsof Licensing tool path will be changed to C:\Program Files\Keysight\EEsof_License_Tools, if you only install an EEsof product released after 1st August, 2014.
  • Make sure to save the license file on the same machine where you install the Keysight software.

Supported Platforms

For details on the Supported Platforms, refer to the Supported Platforms section.

System Requirements

The following are Keysight recommended configurations:


4 GB RAM or higher

Hard Disk Space

10 GB free disk space or greater


1.66 GHz, 64-bit, x86 quad-core processors or higher

Screen Resolution

1024 x 768

Model Development dependency for model development or 64-bit Verilog A Simulations

Visual Studio 2015 SP2

Download ADS Installer

Click to download the 64-bit installers respectively. You can also use Keysight Download Manager to download.

Install ADS

To install ADS, you must have system administrator privileges. Run the downloaded installer (This may take a while). Follow the guided tour to complete the installation.

ADS License Setup

At the end of installation, the License Setup Wizard starts automatically after detecting that you do not have a valid license to start ADS. If you choose to skip the license setup, you can complete the process later by clicking Start > Programs > ADS <release_number> > ADS Tools > ADS <release_number> License Manager.

The License Manager has been introduced in the Product releases starting October 2012. It is one-stop shop for all licensing tools.

Node-locked License

To setup a counted license, select the Add or replace a license file option and follow the guided tour to complete the license setup process. In case of a USB dongle, attach the dongle to the USB port and invoke the License Manager to complete the setup process.

You must have system administrator privileges to setup node-locked licenses (Only) on Windows Vista and Windows 7 machines.

Floating License

To setup a floating license, select the Add or replace a network license server option and follow the guided tour to complete the license setup process. Consult your license administrator for the network path of the license server. For more details on setting up floating license on a network server, see Setting Up Floating License on Windows in Licensing (for Administrators).

Launch ADS

To run ADS, go to the Start menu and choose Programs > ADS <release_number> > ADS <release_number>.

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