Hate Retyping SOLIDWORKS Serial Numbers for a “clean” installation? Back them up!

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated February 15, 2016


DISCLAIMER: The procedures in the following article require access and edits to the windows registry. Any such edits are at your own risk and should only be attempted under the advisement and direction of your IT professional. If you are uncomfortable with executing the procedures below please seek assistance. It is advised to back up your registry and any valued data before making any changes to the system registry. Javelin Technologies assumes no responsibility for any consequences, unintended or otherwise resulting from changes made to the system or the system registry.

Depending on the SOLIDWORKS products that you have in your repertoire, it can become a bit of a chore to re-enter all of the 24-digit SOLIDWORKS serial numbers for each individual SOLIDWORKS product that you would like to install on your system.

Reentry of your SOLIDWORKS serial numbers for a new installation is but a double-click away…if you have taken the appropriate steps beforehand.

Capture and Restore your SOLIDWORKS Serial Numbers

To prepare for a re-installation of SOLIDWORKS and capture all of your serial numbers, try the following steps:

  1. Open the windows registry editor by typing “REGEDIT” in the windows start menu.
  2. Navigate to the following key: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SolidWorks\Licenses\Serial Numbers
  3. Right-click on the “Serial Numbers” Key and choose “Export
  4. Name the exported registry entry with an appropriate name (example: “SWX SERIAL NUMBERS.reg”)
  5. Save the Exported Serial Number data in a safe place, unaffected by any installations or removals taking place on the system.
  6. When you are ready to perform an installation, simply “Open” or “Run” the registry (*.reg) file on the new or “Clean” system.
Export SOLIDWORKS Serial Numbers

Export SOLIDWORKS Serial Numbers

The Result

When the SOLIDWORKS Installation manager runs, it will automatically populate with all of your captured SOLIDWORKS Serial Numbers — saving you the time and hassle of retyping the data!

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.