SOLIDWORKS Installation

SOLIDWORKS Installation procedure & best practice from certified experts

SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Checklist

SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Checklist

Having a plan before upgrading SOLIDWORKS is important to ensure a smooth rollout. This article provides a checklist of items to prepare prior to clicking ‘Install Now’.   NOTE: Detailed Installation guides can be found on our technical support website NOTE: Need to upgrade SOLIDWORKS…

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Moving The SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager

Moving SOLIDWORKS License Manager

When it comes time to migrate to new servers, moving the SolidNetwork License Manager Server for your SOLIDWORKS software can be a daunting to idea.  Dozens or even hundreds of users will be affected by the move. However, following these steps will help to ensure…

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Description option missing on Save as dialog box. How to fix it?

Recently, a few customers have contacted me to report that their SOLIDWORKS Save as dialog box is missing the description field? When saving a part, assembly, or drawing document, you can add a description for the file via the Save As dialog box as shown…

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How to change the Serial Number of a SOLIDWORKS Installation

Sometimes it may be necessary to change SOLIDWORKS serial number for your installation, for instance if you need to change from a standalone to a network based license, or if you have installed the wrong license (such as perhaps your coworker’s Premium license … ) on…

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

Could not initiate the transaction

Recently I was helping a customer on tech support to download and install SOLIDWORKS on a new machine but when we tried to launch SOLIDWORKS it showed a “Could not initiate the transaction” error message: “Could not initiate the transaction (66, iActTransactionStartFlxActivateApp() /flxActAppActivationReqCreate()errored [8,41013,00)” Once…

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Install SOLIDWORKS PDM Server Components without using the Installation Manager

Install SOLIDWORKS PDM Server Components

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2016, the SOLIDWORKS PDM file set was incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. This makes for a convenient one stop location to install all SOLIDWORKS products. Unfortunately, this also makes for a large installation file-set, that can be cumbersome to move around. There are…

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Troubleshooting an Uninstall of SOLIDWORKS

In some occasions a SOLIDWORKS uninstall and reinstall is required if there were issues with the original installation.  Problematic installations typically stem from: Improper permissions Interfering anti-virus software Corrupt installation Be sure to follow best practices during any installations, upgrades, or uninstalls of SOLIDWORKS to…

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SOLIDWORKS Administrative Images Setup Guide

The use of SOLIDWORKS Administrative Images is very helpful when you need to install SOLIDWORKS on multiple machines.  Once the Admin Image is created and customized, installing on each client machine does not require any setup.  Images are typically used with network licenses as each…

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