Comprehensive Guide to Uploading Programs from Siemens HMI KTP700: Step-by-Step Instructions and Expert Tips

Key Takeaways

What software do I need?TIA Portal, ProSave utility
What hardware is required?Siemens Memory Card, USB storage device, Ethernet/USB cable
Establish a connection, upload from the device, check IP settings, troubleshoot common issuesEstablish connection, upload from device, check IP settings, troubleshoot common issues
Steps to backup/restore using ProSaveSet up Ethernet, use backup/restore functions, ensure correct IP addresses and transfer modes
Expert tips for successful uploadsUse correct cables, check hardware compatibility, ensure correct settings and firmware
Common troubleshooting tipsAddress connectivity issues, verify IP settings, use identical HMI type and firmware version


Welcome to ControlNexus, your leading provider of Siemens PLCs, HMIs, and Inverters since 2013. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of uploading programs from the Siemens HMI KTP700. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a beginner, this guide is designed to help you understand and execute the process seamlessly.

Prerequisites and Tools

Before diving into the steps, ensure you have the following software and hardware:

Necessary Software:

  • TIA Portal: Ensure you have the appropriate version, such as TIA Portal V15.
  • ProSave Utility: Useful for backup and restore operations.

Required Hardware:

  • Siemens Memory Card: A specific part number, e.g., 6ES7954-8LC03-0AA0.
  • USB Storage Device: Both generic and Siemens-specific USB devices can be used.
  • Ethernet or USB Cable: For connecting the HMI to the PC.

Initial Setup

  1. Connect HMI to PC:
    • Use an Ethernet or USB cable to establish the connection.
    • Ensure that the IP address settings of the HMI and PC are compatible.
  2. Configure IP Settings:
    • Open the Network and Sharing Center on your PC.
    • Adjust IP settings to match those required by the HMI.

Step-by-Step Guide to Uploading Programs

Using TIA Portal

  1. Establishing Connection:
    • Connect the HMI to the PC using an Ethernet cable.
    • Open TIA Portal and navigate to the “Project View.”
  2. Uploading the Program:
    • Select “Online” from the menu and choose “Accessible Devices.”
    • In the project tree, right-click on the HMI device name and select “Upload from the device.”
    • Follow the prompts to complete the upload process.
  3. Common Issues and Troubleshooting:
    • Connectivity Issues: Ensure the cables are properly connected and the IP addresses are correct.
    • Compatibility Issues: Verify that the HMI type and firmware version match.
  4. Confirm Device Selection:
    • After selecting “Upload from device,” a dialog box will appear with a list of accessible devices.
    • Ensure the correct device is selected. The “Flash LED” feature can help confirm the right device by flashing the LEDs on the HMI.
  5. Execute Upload:
    • Click the “Upload from device” button.
    • Follow the instructions in the “Upload Preview” dialog box.
    • Ensure all actions in the “Action” column are addressed before proceeding.
    • Click the “Upload from device” button again to initiate the upload process.
  6. Finalizing the Upload:
    • Monitor the progress of the upload. Any errors will be displayed in the dialog box.
    • Once the upload is complete, verify that the program is correctly transferred by checking the HMI’s operational status.

Using ProSave Utility

  1. Setting Up for Backup:
    • Open ProSave and select the HMI device from the list.
    • Enter the IP address of the HMI. Ensure the HMI is set to transfer mode and the Ethernet connection is active.
  2. Performing the Backup:
    • Navigate to the “Backup” section in ProSave.
    • Choose a directory to save the backup file and name it appropriately (e.g., including the date for easy identification).
    • Click “Start Backup” and wait for the process to complete.
  3. Restoring the Program:
    • Switch to the “Restore” section in ProSave.
    • Select the previously saved backup file.
    • Click “Start Restore” and follow the prompts to complete the process.
    • Ensure the HMI is in transfer mode and the Ethernet connection remains stable throughout.

Expert Tips and Advice

  1. Cable and Hardware Compatibility:
    • Always use the correct cables and check that the hardware versions are compatible.
    • For example, using the correct Siemens Memory Card part number can prevent errors.
  2. Best Practices for Data Management:
    • Regularly back up your programs to avoid data loss.
    • Keep a detailed log of version changes and updates.
  3. Common Troubleshooting Tips:
    • Double-check all connections and IP settings.
    • If the upload fails, restart both the HMI and the PC and try again.
  4. Check Firmware Compatibility:
    • Ensure the firmware version of the HMI matches the version required by the program. Incompatible firmware can lead to failed uploads or operational issues.
  5. Use of Correct Cables:
    • Always use recommended cables and avoid using generic or third-party cables that may not support the necessary data transfer rates or protocols.
  6. Regular Firmware Updates:
    • Keep the HMI and related devices updated with the latest firmware. This practice helps in maintaining compatibility and ensures the latest features and security patches are applied.
  7. Data Integrity Checks:
    • After uploading a program, perform a thorough check to ensure all data is correctly transferred and the HMI operates as expected.

Troubleshooting and Common Issues

  1. IP Address Conflicts:
    • If you encounter IP address conflicts, ensure each device on the network has a unique IP address.
    • Use the “Ping” command in the Command Prompt to check for IP address conflicts.
  2. Failed Uploads:
    • If an upload fails, check the error messages for specific issues.
    • Common issues include incorrect IP settings, incompatible firmware, or faulty cables.
    • Restart the HMI and PC and attempt the upload again.
  3. Network Connectivity:
    • Ensure the network is stable. Unstable connections can lead to incomplete uploads.
    • Use a direct connection between the HMI and PC whenever possible to avoid network-related issues.


By following this comprehensive guide, you can successfully upload programs from your Siemens HMI KTP700, ensuring your systems run smoothly and efficiently. Regular backups and proper maintenance are crucial in preventing downtime and ensuring operational continuity. For more detailed guides and professional support, visit our website.


  1. Can I edit the uploaded program on the HMI?
    • It depends on whether the programmer enabled the “Back Transfer” option during the initial download. Without this, the program may not be editable after uploading.
  2. What should I do if the upload process is interrupted?
    • Restart the HMI and PC, check all connections, and ensure the network is stable before attempting the upload again.
  3. What software do I need to upload programs from Siemens HMI KTP700?
    • You will need TIA Portal and ProSave utility.
  4. What hardware is required for the process?
    • Siemens Memory Card, USB storage device, and an Ethernet or USB cable.
  5. How can I troubleshoot common issues?
    • Ensure all cables are connected properly, verify IP settings, and restart devices if necessary.

For more information on Siemens HMIs, visit our Siemens HMI page.


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