Could not Initiate the Transaction

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated December 8, 2013


This message may occur when attempting access a seat of SolidWorks from the SolidWorks License Manager. The message will also include “(66,iActTransactionStartFlxActivateApp()/flxActAppActivationReqCreate() errored[8, 41013, 0])”.

This message can be caused if a user uninstalls the SolidNetWork License (SNL) and does not reboot the the system . Rebooting the system may resolve this issue.

If the above does not resolve this issue, it may be that FLEXnet Licensing Service is not running on the user’s machine.

From the Windows Control Select Administrative Tools.

admin Tools


Select Services



Right Click on the FLEXnet Licensing service and choose Start

start service


To avoid having this issue reoccur, right click on the FLEXnet Licensing service and choose Properties. In the Properties dialogue box, set the Start-up Type to Automatic.

automatic start-up

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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.