SOLIDWORKS Electrical Registry Reset

Article by Justin Flett updated September 4, 2017


One of the most common troubleshooting steps when experience strange behaviour with SOLIDWORKS is to run a registry reset.  This has been explained previously in one of our most popular blog posts: SOLIDWORKS Corrupted? Try Resetting SOLIDWORKS Windows Registry Entry

In this article we will run through the exact same concepts for resetting registries for SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

Perhaps you may have experienced one of these issues before…

  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical showing only the splash screen and not actually launching?
  • Toolbars missing unable to be retrieved?
  • System crashing when loaded

Any number of other bizarre and seemingly random errors can all be symptoms of a corrupt registry key.

You may be able to correct this with a SOLIDWORKS Electrical registry reset.

WARNING: Please be very careful when editing or deleting any entries in the Windows Registry as changing the wrong entry can lead to major issues on your system.  Also if you have SOLIDWORKS PDM installed on your system do NOT follow these steps, instead please contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller for additional instructions. Note that Javelin is not responsible for any changes that you make to your system, the following is just a guideline.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Registry Reset steps:

  1. Close all instances of SOLIDWORKS Electrical
  2. Launch the Windows Registry Editor.  (In Windows XP go to the Start menu and click Run and type: regedit ; In Windows Vista or Windows 7, or Windows 10 go to the Start menu and type: regedit)
  3. In the Registry Editor expand HKEY_CURRENT_USERthen Software, right-click the Trace Software entry and select Rename.  Rename the entry something like Trace Software _Backup.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Registry Reset

Windows Registry Editor (click image to enlarge)

  1. Launch SOLIDWORKS Electrical.  When the program starts it will create a new registry entry in this location called Trace Software.  Once SOLIDWORKS Electrical opens, it will be as if the program is starting for the first time.

How to undo this operation

If the problem you were experiencing is gone, great!  If not, and you want to undo the process of resetting SOLIDWORKS Electrical Windows Registry, no problem, that’s why we only renamed the Trace Software entry and didn’t delete it.

Simply go back to the Registry Editor, refresh the display by pressing F5 to show the new entry, and rename the new Trace Software entry (again best not to delete it until you are sure everything is back exactly as before) then name the old one back to Trace Software.

If the issue is fixed you are now left with essentially a fresh copy of SOLIDWORKS Electrical, meaning any customization you have performed will be lost.

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Attend a SOLIDWORKS Electrical training course either in a Canadian classroom near you or live online. For more information about electrical software and training solutions call 1-877-219-6757.

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