How to Switch the installation of a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client to Standard

Article by Nadeem Akhtar, last updated on October 9, 2018

Part of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client installation is to select the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client. But you can continue the installation selecting the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client instead. In this post we will cover how to switch SOLIDWORKS PDM Client Installation from a Professional Client to a Standard Client.

If you selected the wrong SOLIDWORKS PDM client type during the installation, you will come across many issues when trying to use SOLIDWORKS PDM. For example:

  • Slow performance when opening folders in the PDM vault,
  • Slow performance Check-in/out files,
  • Slow performance when using the Search Tool, etc.

Confirm the type of SOLIDWORKS PDM License

Open SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager Client, in the License Usage tab, select the correct license under Product:

Type of SOLIDWORKS PDM Product

Type of SOLIDWORKS PDM Product

In this case, we have SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard CAD Editor

Go to Start menu and type admin to open Administration (SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration)

Click on Help and About SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration…

About SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration

About SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration

Review the options in the Client Type

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client Type

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client Type

We have SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional CAD Editor & Web client installed but the available license is SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard CAD Editor

To Switch the Client Type, Launch the Windows Registry Editor, (In Windows 7, or Windows 10 go to the Start menu and type: regedit)

In the Registry Editor expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE then SOFTWARE then SolidWorks then Applications then PDMWorks Enterprise 

Windows Registry Editor

Windows Registry Editor

Double click on PDMType, change Value data: 1 to 0, press OK 

Edit PDMType String

Edit PDMType String

Note: SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard (PDMType Value = 0) & SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (PDMType Value = 1)

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