SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 7

Curious about SAP BusinessObjects support for Microsoft Windows 7?  The following SAP BusinessObjects client applications support Microsoft Windows 7:

  • SAP Crystal Reports 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and higher (SP3 is currently available)
  • SAP Xcelsius 2008 Service Pack 3 (SP3) + Fix Pack 3.3 (FP3.3) and higher (FP 3.3 is currently available)
  • SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 3 (SP3) – desktop applications such as Web Intelligence Rich Client, Live Office, Import Wizard, Universe Designer, etc.

Supported Platform/PAR documents as well as software downloads are available from separate areas of the SAP Support Portal and require an S-ID to access.  I got tired of flipping through multiple PAR documents so I decided to write this short post.  As you can see from the above list, SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI R2 is not officially supported on Windows 7.  Since XI R2 is no longer on patch support, there won’t be any fix packs or service packs to address Windows 7 compatibility on that release.  I haven’t attempted to see if the combination works despite lack of support, but you can check out the experience of others on the BusinessObjects Board (BOB).


SAP BusinessObjects Explorer is a web application and therefore does not list supported OS versions, only supported browser versions.  I’ll address SAP BusinessObjects browser support in an upcoming post.

I’ve currently installed supported versions of Crystal Reports 2008 and Xcelsius 2008 on my Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) laptop (see related post), but primarily use the laptop to run Windows 2003 Server virtual machines running the entire SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise stack.  Feel free to post a comment describing your experiences with SAP BusinessObjects and Microsoft Windows 7.

About Dallas Marks

As a business intelligence architect, author, and trainer, I help organizations across the United States harness the power of business intelligence, primarily (but not exclusively) using SAP BusinessObjects products. I prefer piano keyboards instead of computer keyboards when not blogging or tweeting about business intelligence.