System Requirements


All data remains in school. 4Matrix is installed locally, and we do not have access to the schools data unless we are providing remote support (for training or technical support etc).


Server Requirements


  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000; Windows 10; Windows 8; Windows 8.1 (8.1 RT is NOT supported); Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP
  • framework 3.5 (for SQL install) and 4.0 (for 4Matrix application)
  • (Please Note: For windows 8, the Microsoft SQL 2008 Installer requires .net 2 & 3.5 to also be installed, even if a higher version is already installed)
  • Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5 or Later
  • 4Matrix ships with SQL 2014 Express. SQL 2012 and 2008 are also supported. Please refer to the Additional Notes section below.



  • Processor: 1 GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (Minimum); 2GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (Recommended)
  • RAM: 1 GB (Minimum); 4 GB (Recommended)
  • Hard Disk: Up to 2 GB of available space may be required
  • CD or DVD Drive: Not required
  • Display: 800 x 600, 256 colors (Minimum); 1024 x 768 high color, 32-bit, (Recommended)




  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000; Windows 10; Windows 8; Windows 8.1 (8.1 RT is NOT supported); Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP
  • framework 4.0 (minimum)
  • Windows Installer 3.1 or later



  • Pentium 1 GHz or higher with 512 MB RAM or more (minimum)
  • x86 – 600 MB (Minimum)
  • x64 – 1.5 GB (Minimum)


Additional Notes

  • 4Matrix is a lightweight SQL database-driven, client/server application
  • The database and 4Matrix Network Manager application can be installed in around 10-15 minutes
  • The Network Manager must be installed Locally on the server you wish to host the 4Matrix Database
  • The Network Manager tool produces an MSI to install the client software. You can use Group Policy to roll this out if you wish.
  • 4Matrix can also be run from a shared location, although this is not recommended due to potential update issues. Please contact us or refer to the installation guide for more information about this.
  • It is recommended that Data Managers use 4Matrix on a large display of at least 22" set to the maximum resolution. Two monitors may be required if other data management software is to be used simultaneously.


SQL Notes

  • 4Matrix is shipped with, and uses, SQL 2014 Express by default.
  • During the installation process you will have the chance to download and install other versions of SQL if you would prefer.
  • SQL 2005 is not supported.


SQL 2008 Full version (NOT R2):

  • Start the installation process on the server, and stop at the step that asks you wish server you wish to use (install new or use existing)
  • Now go to - this will download a file called blank70_2008.bak
  • Right click the downloaded file and rename it to blank.bak. Copy it.
  • Now go to the drive you have installed 4Matrix on and open the 4Matrix folder (i.e. C:\4Matrix)
  • Go to Databases > Backups, and paste the file you have just renamed into this folder, overwriting the existing version
  • Go back into the install wizard, and choose the relevant Existing Server - you should now be able to proceed through the rest of the installation. Please contact us if you experience any problems.


Other versions of SQL:

  • You shouldn't experience any problems when using other versions of SQL.
  • In the installation wizard, you are prompted to install a new server or 'Use Existing' - click the dropdown arrow and you should be able to choose an existing server.
  • Please contact us if you do come across any issues.


The SIMS and Bromcom Extract tools

The data extraction tools that ship with 4Matrix act as a ‘middle-man’ between 4Matrix and the MIS. They are designed to progressively extract and import a range of data, including:

  • Basic Pupil details (name, DOB, gender, ethnicity, postcode, Pupil Premium, SEN, G&T, Form Group and more)
  • Pupil Photos
  • Class data
  • Exam results

There is not a live link between 4Matrix and the MIS. The extract is a manually initiated task (by a Data or Exams Manager) which then provides the school with a ‘snap-shot’ of data at any given time. There is no write-back to the MIS. Note that schools with a hosted SIMS solution will not be able to use the inbuilt extract tool - reports are provided at to use instead.

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