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SOLIDWORKS licenses will expire in XX days, what does this message mean?

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) created/updated March 18, 2016

There have been cases where users received a message saying “SOLIDWORKS licenses will expire in XX days” on a SolidNetWork License (SNL) client machine when they start up SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS licenses will expire message

SOLIDWORKS licenses will expire message

What is the problem?

SOLIDWORKS allows you to use the software without activating it only for 30 days. This message indicating that you have not activated your license on your machine. In some cases the activation process is not successful and therefore you receive that message each time you start SOLIDWORKS.

Why it is happening?

One of the reasons the “SOLIDWORKS licenses will expire in XX days” message appears is because an evaluation or previous standalone license was installed on the computer.

How to fix it?

You can fix this issue using the steps below:

  1. Open Windows Explorer and browse to C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet. Delete the “sw_d” files under C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet.You will need to reactivate after this and then retest.

Note: ProgramData is a hidden system folder. In Windows Explorer, press Alt+T and go to Folder options. On the View tab, Make sure that Show hidden files, folders, and drives is selected.

  1. If step 1 does not resolve your issue, the activation based license may be in a hung state. You can can manually delete the license from a user’s machine.

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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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