Hole Wizard Database File is not the Expected Version

Article by Jim Peltier, CSWE updated August 14, 2014


The Problem:

A question we often get on the support line is in regards to this error message:

SolidWorks Error Message

SolidWorks Hole Wizard Database File Error Message

It reads: “Error: The database file ‘C:\SolidWorks Data\lang\english\swbrowser.mdb’ is not the expected version (16.02)”

The file path and the number shown may vary.

The Cause:

Basically what is happening is that you have multiple versions of SolidWorks installed on your computer and SolidWorks is getting confused. It is also possible that you had an earlier version of SolidWorks installed on your computer and it did not completely uninstall. Having multiple versions of SolidWorks installed is a supported practice, but there are some things to keep in mind. I refer you to this blog article about installing multiple versions of SolidWorks, but at this point, you’ve probably already installed SolidWorks and don’t have time to completely uninstall all versions of SolidWorks and just want the hole wizard to work.

Luckily, it is an easy fix.

The Solution:

Hole Wizard Settings

Accessing the Hole Wizard Settings

  1. You need only go to Tools > Options, then under the System Options tab, select Hole Wizard/Toolbox from the list on the left. You will see the error message again, but don’t worry – this should be the last time you see it.
  2. Click on the button to browse to the correct path. If you’ve named your folders correctly for multiple installs as described in the aforementioned blog article, this will be easy to figure out. If not, you will need to figure out which SolidWorks Data folder matches the version of SolidWorks you are using. There will likely be multiple folders, called “SolidWorks Data (2)”, “SolidWorks Data (3)” and so on.
  3. Regardless of what the folders are called, you need only pick the correct folder and click OK. If you guess wrong, you will see the error message again and you can simply try again.
  4. If you try all the folders and none of them work, you would be well advised to contact your VAR for further technical assistance.
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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).