Whilst Ares Galaxy is a tool that works on the majority of systems, there still will be some people who don't meet the system requirements needed to run it. On this page, you'll find the current criteria you need to meet in order to make the application run as expected.
At the moment, you need to be running on any version of the Windows operating system if you want an easy installation process. This will not work on others such as Mac OS X or Linux (although it may be possible to get it to run on these platforms, read our other guides for more info). This can be anything from really early versions such as Windows 98 to the newer ones such as Windows 8, although of course it would be better if you were running on the newer ones as these provide much more security and are easier to work with (and are often quicker).
In terms of computer specifications you really don't need much either, it's a very lightweight application. As long as your computer has over 128MB of RAM you shouldn't have much of a problem, it can run on machines that are even 10 years old! This is something you won't be able to get with other tools which really aren't built for compatibility like ours.
You're also going to need a hard drive with space free. The application itself is only 20MB in size, which means in theory this is all you need, although of course if you only had that much available you wouldn't be able to use it to download any files. We recommend a decent sized disk drive depending on the types of files you want. If you're going to be downloading a large quantity of movies then it would be a good idea seeking out external storage instead, it would be a lot cheaper.
You're obviously going to need to be connected to the internet in order to search the network and to transfer files, we shouldn't have to mention this. However, what we probably should mention is that you may need a rather quick connection in order to really benefit from this tool. Those on dial-up connections in very rural areas will struggle to acquire decent transfer speeds, making downloads take a long time to complete. This isn't a program fault, unfortunately you'll struggle with any application in this industry on a connection like that. If it's possible to get a connection of at least 10Mb/s then we recommend taking that option, the quicker the better when it comes to getting the media you love.
When installing the program onto your machine, you're going to need administrator privileges to proceed. Most people who are running their own personal computers won't have to worry about this because they have these permissions by default, it's mainly for those who are on work or school machines where they don't own the hardware they're working on, sometimes you won't have the relevant permissions to install applications for security reasons. You may need to contact those in charge if you have this problem, there simply is no way of getting around it other than that.