SolidWorks Network Client Installation Prompting to be Activated

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated August 9, 2011


If a network license is installed on a client computer when that computer is not connected to the License Manager, the user will receive a message that they have a number of days to activate their license every time they start SolidWorks. They may still receive this message even when they are connected to the License Manager. To resolve this issue:

  1. Click on the windows START button.
  2. Type ‘CMD’ to bring up the Command Manager app.  Right-click and ‘Run As Administrator’
  3. In the resulting window enter “<SolidWorks Corp Install Folder>\SolidWorks\setup\i386\swactwiz.exe” /primprod:solidworks /dellic (include the quotations)
  4. When prompted ‘Do you really want to delete SolidWorks product licenses?’, click Yes.

If the default installation location was used, you would enter the following line in the Command Prompt:

“C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\setup\i386\swactwiz.exe” /primprod:solidworks /dellic

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.