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SOLIDWORKS Composer Installation

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) created/updated March 3, 2015

Did you just receive your SOLIDWORKS Composer serial number and want to install it on your computer? If so then this article is for you.

Installation Prerequisites

Before starting anything check the following prerequisites:

  1. Check the hardware and operating system’s compatibility:
    http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/9251_ENU_HTML.htm
    Notice that SolidWorks Composer is not yet supported on Windows 8.
  2. Login to your computer with full administrative rights. You are asking why? You can find the answer here:
    http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2014/02/need-local-administrative-rights-install-solidworks/
  3. Turn down the User Account Control setting (found in the Control Panel). To do this, press your Windows button, either on the screen or on the keyboard. Then type “UAC” followed by the Enter key. The window that follows shows a vertical scroll bar. Make the setting “Never Notify” for the installation (requires restarting the computer to take effect) and change it back after installing, if you prefer.
  4. Disable all anti-virus and anti-spyware tools.

Installation Steps

Now that all the prerequisites are satisfied follow the steps below:

  1. Open your control panel and navigate to “Programs and features”. Select SolidWorks installation and press “Change”.
Change your current SolidWorks Installation

Change your current SolidWorks Installation

  1. In the next window select “Modify the individual …” option and press next.
Specify Type of Installation

Specify Type of Installation

  1. Make sure that SolidWorks Composer is selected and its serial number has been entered.
Enable SolidWorks Composer option

Enable SolidWorks Composer option

  1. In the “Product selection” page you may see that “SolidWorks Composer player” is selected. As soon as you deselect it, the “SolidWorks Composer” option will be available.
Deselect SolidWorks Composer Player Option

Deselect SolidWorks Composer Player Option

SolidWorks Composer option is now available

SolidWorks Composer option is now available

  1. Select “SolidWorks Composer” and hit “Next”
Select the SolidWorks Composer Option

Select the SolidWorks Composer Option

  1. Verify all the information on the screen and continue with the installation.
  2. Click the Install (or Download and Install) button to continue.
  3. SOLIDWORKS Composer will install at this time.

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Saeed Mojarad (CSWE)

Saeed Mojarad is an application engineer at Javelin Technologies. He received his B.S from Mazandaran University, Iran; and his M.S. from École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Canada. He has several years of experience using SOLIDWORKS in different industries such as manufacturing and aerospace. Currently located in Calgary, he is helping SOLIDWORKS users all across Canada as a technical support and SOLIDWORKS instructor.

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