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SOLIDWORKS Error

Tech tips and tutorials for dealing with common SOLIDWORKS errors

SOLIDWORKS PDM Microsoft Office Outlook No Default Mail Client Error

Are you receiving a Microsoft Office Outlook / SOLIDWORKS PDM No Default Mail Client Error while previewing files in the vault?…

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SOLIDWORKS not responding? Enable Status Feedback (in 2018 SP3 and above)

Ahh! The nasty white glaze screen of SOLIDWORKS not responding. This condition is triggered by a Windows application timeout. Where…

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How to fix “Encountered invalid record index” error when importing a STEP file

Have you “Encountered invalid record index” when importing a STEP file into SOLIDWORKS? To fix the file try the following:…

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Could not initiate the transaction

“Could not initiate the transaction…” error at SOLIDWORKS start-up?

Recently I was helping a customer on tech support to download and install SOLIDWORKS on a new machine but when…

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“SOLIDWORKS is not responding!” But will it?

So you’re getting that message “SOLIDWORKS 20XX is not responding….” and are given the choice to either “Close the program”…

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Why does Windows have to configure SOLIDWORKS every time it is launched?

If you see this annoying Windows configure message with every SOLIDWORKS launch — you can try the following solutions to solve…

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How to fix: “Cannot load SOLIDWORKS settings information from [username]”?

When using Copy settings wizard to copy the SOLIDWORKS settings from one CAD machine to another, sometimes this procedure can…

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What causes the error: ‘Cannot initiate license for SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Error = 3’?

Sometimes while launching SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematic software you will see an error:  ‘Cannot initiate license for SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Error = 3’….

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New Windows User Account

SOLIDWORKS System Problem? Try creating a new Windows User Account

You are likely reading this blog article because of inexplicable problems with SOLIDWORKS performance or stability.  Nothing else you have…

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Repairing SOLIDWORKS

Repairing SOLIDWORKS and PDM Client Installation

If you experience problems with SOLIDWORKS products (e.g. SOLIDWORKS Professional, PDM, eDrawing etc…) you can try repairing the installation. When…

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another SOLIDWORKS session running

Warning – A Journal File Could not Be Created. Another SOLIDWORKS Session Running

Do you receive a warning message every time you open SOLIDWORKS? The warning states there is another SOLIDWORKS session running….

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Vault is missing on new client? (Updated)

If the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Vault missing on a new client it’s possibly caused by the incorrect client type being installed. For…

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How to repair a Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Electrical Drawing file

If an electrical schematic drawing ever becomes corrupt you may see the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Unknown File Format error messages shown…

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‘The Archive Server connection receive operation timed out’ SOLIDWORKS PDM Error

One or both of the following error messages can occur when a replicated SOLIDWORKS PDM archive is taken offline and registry…

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SOLIDWORKS NetWork License Failed to get string for the Localized Property

When installing, or modifying the installation of the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager, you may encounter the following error: Failed to…

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