Get your SOLIDWORKS Service Pack The Safe Way!

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated June 1, 2023


You’ve heard the phrase a million times… “Safety First”. Well, I’m here to tell you that this cliché has just as much truth when attempting to Download SOLIDWORKS Service Pack as anywhere else.

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager Installation Type

One issue that many folks seemingly bump into, is the failure of a SOLIDWORKS upgrade when attempting to use the “Download and Install” option, which is present within the “Install on this computer” option that presents itself as the default within the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. Most of these failures are due to interruptions in the data and files requested and sent from SOLIDWORKS in order to complete the update process on your system. The interruptions in the data happen for a wide variety of reasons. Mainly restrictions on the size or amount an individual system can download within a network. The use of proxy servers for security purposes also tends to limit the ability of the Installation manager to complete the download and installation consecutively.

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager Summary

We would like to suggest an alternative method for those that find themselves in this position – the use of a second, “Download Only” option. This option can be accessed via the “Summary” screen within the installation manager.

Once you have selected the “CHANGE” option, opposite the “Download Options” header, it should take you to the various options to manage the download prior to the installation.

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager Download Only

Selecting the “Download only” option will download only the files required to update the SOLIDWORKS products already installed on your system. However, you can download the installation files to share with multiple computers. The “Download and share all files” option is accessible on the very first screen of the Installation Manager and results in a larger download. This is because it is going to download every file possibly required to install any SOLIDWORKS application – opposed to basing it on what you already have installed on the system.

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager Download and Share All Files

We hope this provides some users with an alternative to getting your updates downloaded and installed successfully,

Happy Updating!

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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.