“Unable to recover from a kernel exception.” Why is SOLIDWORKS Crashing?

Article by Shawn McEachern updated September 28, 2018


The Unable to recover from a kernal exception error happens when the graphics card is selected for processing, but the GPU performance is much lower than the CPU performance. The workload sent from the CPU to the GPU is overloading the GPU.

Unable to recover from a kernal exception

Unable to recover from a kernal exception

Remove the use of the GPU for processing in the processing options:

NVIDIA Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Check Graphics tasks only

Also switch your Power Management Mode to Maximum Performance:

  1. Open your NVIDIA Control Panel and select “Manage 3D settings”
  2. Then, select the “Power Management mode” and change the option from “Adaptive” to “Prefer maximum performance”
  3. Save your changes, and you are done!
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Shawn McEachern

Shawn McEachern is a SOLIDWORKS Application Expert based in our Oakville, ON., Canada Head Office