Repair SOLIDWORKS

Repairing a SOLIDWORKS Installation

Repairing SOLIDWORKS

When Repairing SOLIDWORKS Installation it is best to go through the Windows Control Panel > Programs and features > Uninstall a program. What you will do next is right-click on SOLIDWORKS 20XX and select Change NOT Uninstall. Once this is done you will select OK: Then select Repair the individual installation (on this computer) and pick Next This will then bring up a window to select the SOLIDWORKS programs you would like to repair, make your selections then hit Repair. It will take some time to go through the process of repairing the SOLIDWORKS installation[s]. If you would like to know what is happening in the background this blog post explains what the Repair SOLIDWORKS Command is doing. That’s it!! The Repairing SOLIDWORKS Installation process has been completed.

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Catch & Repair More Corrupt Files with SOLIDWORKS 2017

Corrupt SOLIDWORKS file

One of the most disappointing experiences a designer can face is to discover that a SOLIDWORKS file they have put valuable hours into has become corrupt. SOLIDWORKS 2017 is going to do it’s very best to help you recover some of those lost hours by attempting to repair corrupt files automatically!   Shattering corruption and disappointment When corrupt SOLIDWORKS file is opened, you are prompted to confirm if you would like SOLIDWORKS to attempt to repair the file (why is there even an option to say “No” here?). If yes is your choice, and of course it is. Then SOLIDWORKS will proceed to make a copy of the file and navigate around the damaged segments of the file in question. If the repair is successful, SOLIDWORKS will provide a report on which segments of the file were repaired. A link to a log file is also provided so you can analyze the details…

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What Happens When You Repair SOLIDWORKS?

Repair SOLIDWORKS

You are likely familiar with the process to repair an installation of SOLIDWORKS, but it is not immediately clear what is happening in the background during this repair. So I’m going to answer the question: “What happens when you repair SOLIDWORKS?” Repair SOLIDWORKS command Well, essentially what happens in the background is that it runs the command MSIEXEC.EXE, which is a Microsoft Windows Installer. There are a few options that are set that are specific to repairs. For instance, the command line options would read as follows (don’t run this command, by the way): msiexec /fpecms solidworks.msi Of course, there are some follow-up questions. Firstly, where is “solidworks.msi”? What is “fpecms”? And why shouldn’t I run that command from the command prompt? solidworks.msi file location The file solidworks.msi can be found in the “swwi\data” folder of your installation files. This is why it is important that you have these files when…

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3 POINT CHECKLIST for Importing Neutral File Formats into SolidWorks

Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to sit through one of my classes and been unfortunate enough to have asked the question “Why don’t my imports ever work” has likely had to sit and listen to my twenty minute dissertation (OK… It’s a bit of a Rant….) on the most important points regarding the import of Neutral file formats into SolidWorks. SolidWorks does a very consistent job at translating most of the common neutral file formats, (STEP, SAT, IGES, Parasolid) providing a few points have been thought about beforehand: COMMUNICATE! – Yes indeed…..actually getting on the horn and calling someone! – There are some items you may need to know: What application the neutral file came from & what neutral file formats work best from that application. (Across how many platforms has the file already been Translated?)

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Repairing SOLIDWORKS installed from an Admin Image

Repair SOLIDWORKS Admin Image

A client machine with SOLIDWORKS installed from an Admin Image does not have the ability to run a repair using the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. An uninstall/reinstall is the best solution, however a repair can be attempted by doing the following: ** DISCLAIMER: This document assumes that your installation of SOLIDWORKS was originally installed using the default locations, If your installation location for SOLIDWORKS differs please adjust the techniques below accordingly. The procedures in the following document require access and edits to the windows registry. Any such edits are at your own risk and should only be attempted under the advisement and direction of your IT professional. If you are uncomfortable with executing the procedures below please seek assistance. It is advised to backup your registry and any valued data before making any changes to the system registry. Javelin Technologies assumes no responsibility for any consequences, unintended or otherwise resulting from changes made to the system…

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Repairing SOLIDWORKS with the Installation Manager Step-by-step Guide

If you encounter problems with an installed SOLIDWORKS product (e.g. SOLIDWORKS Premium, Simulation, PDM, Inspection, Electrical etc.) you can use the repairing SOLIDWORKS tool in the Installation Manager to repair the installation of the product. Here are the steps for repairing SOLIDWORKS: Step 1.  Make sure you have the SOLIDWORKS installation files.  If you installed from the SOLIDWORKS DVD, place the DVD into the drive.  If you installed from a file set downloaded directly from solidworks.com, make sure the files are present in the SOLIDWORKS Downloads folder. Step 2.  If using Windows 10, go to Go to Settings and then Apps & Features.  If using Windows 7, go to the Windows Control Panel and launch Programs and Features. Step 3.  From the list of installed programs find the SOLIDWORKS installation, select it and click Modify.  (If using Windows 7 select the SOLIDWORKS installation and click Change)  Please Note:  If the only option available is Uninstall, then SOLIDWORKS was installed using an Administrative Image…

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