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:
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:
As a side note, you’ll notice that the last tab on my sidebar that looks like an orange arrow head is for the Javelin Subscription Service Task Pane exclusively for SolidWorks Subscription Service customers.
Learn more about SolidWorks Subscription Services and watch a video demonstrating the Javelin SolidWorks Add-in: