SOLIDWORKS Installation

SOLIDWORKS Installation procedure & best practice from certified experts

“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 Corrupt installation Be sure to follow best practices during any installations, upgrades, or uninstalls of SOLIDWORKS to avoid problems right…

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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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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:…

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Create a New Installation for Your SOLIDWORKS Upgrade

SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Installation

A SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Installation can be carried out in different ways.  If there is a history of installation-specific performance issues, a clean installation would be appropriate.  If the installation has been stable and needs to be upgraded to a new version, I find that for…

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How do I install the same version of eDrawings as SOLIDWORKS?

Install eDrawings Product Selection

In some cases, when you download and install SOLIDWORKS and try to launch eDrawings from the start menu, it doesn’t show up. This means that even though the latest version of SOLIDWORKS was installed you still need to install the latest release of eDrawings. To…

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Installing The SQL Express Management Studio

Installing SQL Express Management Studio

With the 2019 release and later versions of SOLIDWORKS PDM, the SQL Server Management Studio is no longer included within the installation media.  Please see here for our updated guide to downloading and installing the SSMS. The SQL Server Express Management Studio is a must…

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Installing SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard 2017 (and subsequent releases)

The SOLIDWORKS Visualize product was added to the SOLIDWORKS group of products in 2016 as a high-level rendering tool.  SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is available to users of SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium licenses with a valid SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service contract.  Initially, in the 2016 version, a…

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