How to run SOLIDWORKS with Administrator Permissions

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated April 14, 2016


In strict security environments or for those users with limited permissions upon their design systems, SOLIDWORKS can have a rough time when attempting to write and store values to the windows registry.

One technique to address this is to run SOLIDWORKS with administrator permissions, every time it starts.

Once you have located your SOLIDWORKS executable file, (Generally located at “C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS”) Adjusting it to run consistently with administrative permissions may be accomplished through the following steps:

  1. Right-Click on the SOLIDWORKS.EXE file and choose “Properties” at the bottom of the shortcut menu.
Run SOLIDWORKS with Administrator Permissions

Desktop icon Properties

  1. From the Properties dialog, choose the Compatibility tab.
Compatibility Tab

Compatibility Tab

  1. Choose the “Change Settings for All Users” button at the bottom of the dialog.
  2. In the next dialog that is presented, select the “Run This Program as an Administrator” checkbox.
Change Settings for All Users

Run this program as an administrator

  1. Click OK to save your changes and exit all dialogs.

SOLIDWORKS will now run as an administrator, every time it starts.

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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.