Repairing SOLIDWORKS with the Installation Manager Step-by-step Guide

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated July 19, 2011


If you encounter problems with an installed SOLIDWORKS product (e.g. SOLIDWORKS Premium, Simulation, PDM, Inspection, Electrical etc.) you can use the repairing SOLIDWORKS tool in the Installation Manager to repair the installation of the product.

Here are the steps for repairing SOLIDWORKS:

Step 1.  Make sure you have the SOLIDWORKS installation files.  If you installed from the SOLIDWORKS DVD, place the DVD into the drive.  If you installed from a file set downloaded directly from, make sure the files are present in the SOLIDWORKS Downloads folder.

Step 2.  If using Windows 10, go to Go to Settings and then Apps & Features.  If using Windows 7, go to the Windows Control Panel and launch Programs and Features.

Step 3.  From the list of installed programs find the SOLIDWORKS installation, select it and click Modify.  (If using Windows 7 select the SOLIDWORKS installation and click Change

Please Note:  If the only option available is Uninstall, then SOLIDWORKS was installed using an Administrative Image and a different procedure should be followed.  Have your IT administrator contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller for further instructions.

Step 4.  Select the Repair the individual installation option and click Next.

Step 5.  Select the SOLIDWORKS product you wish to repair and click Repair.

The repair process may take quite some time to complete in some situations.  Once it is done a confirmation screen will display.

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.