SOLIDWORKS Installation

SOLIDWORKS Installation procedure & best practice from certified experts

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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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 most users, it is sufficient to create a new installation in a separate folder with the Toolbox data backed up and upgraded. When bandwidth and time are not a limiting factor, I suggest downloading a full installation file set using the option ‘Download and Share all files.’ When the download is completed, right-click on the setup.exe file found in the download folder and select ‘Run as administrator’ or simply run the file to launch the Installation Manager. Select individual installation unless server products or administrative image need to be installed. Select to create a new installation.  I prefer this option over straight upgrade because it…

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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 download and install the same version of eDrawings as that of SOLIDWORKS follow these steps: Step 1: Launch SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager Locate SOLIDWORKS 2017 installation file set > Select setup.exe > Right click on setup.exe > Select run as an administrator (for all admin rights).This will launch SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager can also be launched from Start > Control panel > Programs and Features > SOLIDWORKS 2017 > Right click  > Change. Step 2: Modify Installation Now, select Modify the individual installation and click next. STEP 3: Product Selection Click Next on Serial Number page as you already have serial number added. On…

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Installing The SQL Express Management Studio

Installing SQL Express Management Studio

The SQL Server Express Management Studio is a must for any SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard installation.  With this tool you can capture database backups, run queries and complete other vault maintenance. The simplest way to install this is during install within the installation manger; At SWPDM Server Options select ‘Install MS SQL Management Tools‘; If you missed this during install do not fear as we can complete this later manually. Manually Installing The SQL Server Express Management Studio Browse to <Installation Media>\SQLMNGMNT\sqlmanagementstudio_x64_enu.exe and Run as administrator Select New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation Check for and install any updates then click next. For Installation Type select ‘Perform a new installation of SQL Server 2014‘ and click next; Read and accept the license agreement then click next For Feature Selection under ‘Shared Features‘ choose the following, then select next; Client Tools Connectivity Client Tools Backward Compatibility Management Tools…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Upgrade Checklist

SOLIDWORKS PDM Upgrade Checklist

If you are planning on upgrading to the latest release of PDM then make sure you follow our SOLIDWORKS PDM Upgrade Checklist below: NOTE: Need to upgrade SOLIDWORKS? Then check out our SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Checklist Prepare (Recommended 1 week before upgrade) Download the full installation file set through a Customer Portal account (~10GB) http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2011/10/sw-customer-portal/ > ‘Downloads and Updates’ Download and run ‘SolidWorksSetup.exe,’ choose ‘Download and Share’ for full file set Verify that the system requirements for server and client computers are met http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/PDMSystemRequirements.html/ Pay special attention to server Operating System and Microsoft SQL Server versions Ensure the 24 digit activation based serial number for PDM has been recorded Upgrade License Manager (Recommended several days before upgrade) On the system serving as the license server, run ‘Setup.exe’ from the downloaded folder Choose ‘Server products’ then ‘Upgrade SolidNetwork License Manager’ Reactivate SolidNetwork License Manager ‘SolidNetwork License Manager Admin’ from Start menu, then ‘Modify’…

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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 separate installation file set was required to install SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard and the serial number of SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium license was used to activate it. From version 2017 onward, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard has a separate serial number and is installed using the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. Retrieving a Serial Number for SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard Visualize serial number can be found in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal > My Products, under a SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium license.   SOLIDWORKS users without Customer Portal access can create one using the serial number of their SOLIDWORKS license:  https://customerportal.solidworks.com/. The serial number of a SOLIDWORKS license is found in Help…

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How do I install and activate SOLIDWORKS MBD?

Installing SOLIDWORKS MBD

The question of installing SOLIDWORKS MBD is quite common after our customers have purchased a license. Installing SOLIDWORKS MDB SOLIDWORKS MBD license is not included in any of the three SOLIDWORKS license types (Standard, Professional or Premiun).  It is installed using the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.  In the Serial Number dialog, shown below, select SOLIDWORKS MBD and enter your serial number.  This is the only entry required – SOLIDWORKS MBD is not listed in the next Product Selection dialog. Activating SOLIDWORKS MBD SOLIDWORKS MBD is not listed in Tools > Add Ins like other SOLIDWORKS Add-ins.  However, when it is installed, the MBD toolbar should automatically become active. If you don’t see the MBD menu listed then right-click on a CommandManager tab and select SOLIDWORKS MBD from the shortcut menu Learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS MBD Catch up on the latest release of SOLIDWORKS MBD in our blog post, and review other…

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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 get the string for the Localized Property : STR_SWINST_ACTIVE_SW. This error can occur, if SOLIDWORKS is open on the same system where the installation is taking place. Close SOLIDWORKS and then retry the installation. This should allow you to continue with the install error free.

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