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ExamWritePad is the UK’s first word processor built and designed specifically for use with controlled assessments/exams. Written with guidelines set out by many UK exam boards, makes it unique and provides an answer to many a dilemma of which software to use

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Below are the instructions for downloading and installing. The actual configuration of ExamWritePad is covered in the Documentation PDF that comes with ExamWritePad. Our website support page also has some general FAQ articles covering configuration changes.

Step 1: Choose the correct file for your method of deployment:

MSI – Installer (with Icons) ExamWritePad

MSI – Installer (No Shortcut Icons) ExamWritePad-NOICONS

Step 2: Deploy the file as you see fit, within your network environment etc…

Step 3: Launch ExamWritePad to test that it runs with the default settings.

(Optional steps: You can now launch the ConfigEitorGUI application to start editing your ExamWritePadSettings.json with over 200 settings to configure, make sure you read the description of each one so they are familiar to liaise with your exams office to provide the best solution for students.)


  Windows 11 Windows 10
(1903 or higher)
Windows 10
(1809 or below)
Windows 7
Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.8
Included Included Yes Yes
Microsoft® .Net Cumulative Updates for 3.5, 4.7.2 and 4.8
IncludedIncludedYes Yes
Microsoft® Visual C++ 2013 Runtime (x64)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft® Visual C++ 2015-2022 Runtime (x64)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Minimum Spec: Any 64bit Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, Windows® 7 (64bit) or later

Recommended (Especially if you plan to use the PDF Reader)
Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Ryzen™ 3 1200, 8GB RAM, Windows® 10 (64bit)

Best Performance
Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 2400, 16GB RAM, Windows® 10 (64bit)

ExamWritePad is a 64bit only application and can be run from a network location, for best results, run from the local disk of each computer.

Please read the documentation that comes installed with ExamWritePad and also take note of the following support article: https://examwritepad.com/issues/examwritepad-underperforming-locking-up/

The documentation contains all the information you need to make an informed choice as to whether ExamWritePad is right for you and within your environment. The documentation is included as a PDF within the installer you downloaded.