LOCKED OUT of the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal? (Didn’t this happen last year too!)

Article by Adam Harte-Maxwell, CSWE updated March 27, 2019


Typically shortly after the release of a new MAJOR version of SOLIDWORKS (fall time frame), we get calls from umpteen frustrated customers wondering why they are NOW locked out of their SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal account, when the week prior they had access to it. AND, it’s reporting their SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service has expired as the reason for the LOCKOUT. Their subscription is paid up and active…so what’s going on?!

Sound familiar? If you’ve been a SOLIDWORKS customer and a user of their Customer Portal account for more than a year or two, I bet it does.

Well, I’m happy to report that 99% of the time, this problem has a very easy fix! And you’re able to take care of it yourself in a matter of a minute or two.

How to unlock your account

You need to log into the Customer Portal and re-register at least one of your active SOLIDWORKS licenses using the Register my Products link. It’s the only UNLOCKED link under the My Support section as shown in the screenshot below:

Register your products

Register your products

Then enter your SOLIDWORKS serial number:

Enter your serial number

Enter your serial number


And here’s the IMPORTANT, ABSOLUTE CRUCIAL piece of this puzzle. You MUST select the NEWEST VERSION from the list.

At the time of updating this article, it’s SOLIDWORKS 2019. Even if you’re using SOLIDWORKS 2017 or SOLIDWORKS 2018, or older, PICK THE NEWEST!

The reason for this, your subscription status is only associated to the newest version in their database, so when the new version is populated and your account is still registered to a prior year version, it then sees your license, and therefore account, as being without subscription and you end up locked out…temporarily.

Upon clicking OK after selecting the product, and then Next, your account should return to unlocked status as your subscription should now be reporting current and active.

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Adam Harte-Maxwell, CSWE

National Technical Support Manager at Javelin Technologies; manages team of almost 20 support technicians who provide post-sales technical support, training, and consulting relating to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design packages, PDM file management, SIMULATION stress analysis, ELECTRICAL and PCB design, COMPOSER and VISUALIZE, and more, to our customers. First exposure to SOLIDWORKS was the 98Plus version in my prior life as a mechanical designer prior to January 2005 when I joined Javelin.