SOLIDWORKS Rx Tool Now More Accessible!

Article by Jim Peltier, CSWE updated December 18, 2012


A useful utility that SolidWorks came out with long ago is the Rx Utility. If you are experiencing a frequent crash, you can record the crash and send the recording, logs, and all the files necessary to your VAR for diagnosis. If you’re experiencing poor system performance, there’s a System Maintenance utility to clean up temporary files. There’s even a Diagnostics section to see if your system is running fine and your video card drivers are correct.

Up until now, the utility launched from outside of SolidWorks. You would access it from the Start menu from All Programs > SolidWorks 20XX > SolidWorks Tools > SolidWorks Rx (or whichever year you are using). That can be a bit of a maze if you don’t use it very often, and if your system is crashing then the last thing you want to do is play “Find the Utility.” SolidWorks 2013 has addressed this by putting a link to the utility in the Home tab on the right hand side. Behold:

Accessing SolidWorks RX in the SolidWorks 2013 Task Pane

Accessing SolidWorks RX in the SolidWorks Task Pane

You might recognize some of the other tools listed there from the same section of the Start Menu! For comparison, below is the same tab from SolidWorks 2012:

SolidWorks 2012 Task Pane

SolidWorks 2012 Task Pane


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Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).