SOLIDWORKS Installation

SOLIDWORKS Installation procedure & best practice from certified experts

How to find your SOLIDWORKS 2016 Installation Log files

The support team here at Javelin will often request the installation log files from customers who are experiencing issues with their SOLIDWORKS Installation.  These logs will assist us in determining the corrective actions required for an installation to proceed. Prior releases made it a tad challenging to find the log files as they would be located deep within a user’s folder structure. (Typically C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\SOLIDWORKS\Installation Logs) SOLIDWORKS 2016 has given us an easier method to gather the log files together! Right-Click the gray title bar at the top of the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager dialog as shown in the figure below. Choose the “Gather Installation Logs…” option and save the resulting zip file in a known location for a later upload. Attach the log files to your support case and we can have a look at what is ailing your installation!

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SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Installation

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM (WPDM) software helps individuals and small workgroups manage projects and control their design revisions. The simple data vault of WPDM provides file security with little IT support, and its tight integration with SOLIDWORKS design software makes WPDM easy to learn. Advanced search, notifications, and secure file access increase productivity across your entire design group. WPDM is Included with the SOLIDORKS Premium and SOLIDWORKS Professional packages. If you have a SOLIDWORKS standard license, you need to get a WPDM license to be able to install it. Use the steps below for a SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Installation on both your server and client machines. Server Side Creating a Vault The best practice is to use SOLIDWORKS installation manager for all SOLIDWORKS installations.  This can be started by inserting a SOLIDWORKS DVD or navigating to the downloaded files and double clicking on the setup.exe. 1- On the welcome page for the installation type,…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Installation

Did you just receive your SOLIDWORKS Composer serial number and want to install it on your computer? If so then this article is for you. Installation Prerequisites Before starting anything check the following prerequisites: Check the hardware and operating system’s compatibility: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/9251_ENU_HTML.htm Notice that SolidWorks Composer is not yet supported on Windows 8. Login to your computer with full administrative rights. You are asking why? You can find the answer here: http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2014/02/need-local-administrative-rights-install-solidworks/ Turn down the User Account Control setting (found in the Control Panel). To do this, press your Windows button, either on the screen or on the keyboard. Then type “UAC” followed by the Enter key. The window that follows shows a vertical scroll bar. Make the setting “Never Notify” for the installation (requires restarting the computer to take effect) and change it back after installing, if you prefer. Disable all anti-virus and anti-spyware tools. Installation Steps Now that all…

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How to resolve the ‘Toolbox is currently in use’ issue when installing SOLIDWORKS

The ‘Toolbox is currently in use’ issue can occur if users are accessing Toolbox during a SOLIDWORKS installation, but it can also be the result of a file that normally gets deleted, not being deleted. The file is called SWBrowser.ldb and by default resides in the lang\english sub-folder of your SolidWorks Data folder. Deleting the file SWBrowser.ldb will allow the installation to proceed.

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Why You Need LOCAL Administrative Rights to Install SOLIDWORKS

Perhaps the most common reason for failed installations our customers encounter is a lack of proper permissions to install SOLIDWORKS. To ensure that the installation goes smoothly, one of the things we always state is that the user must have local administrative rights on the computer in question. In response to this, most users reply back to us that they do have administrative rights only to find out that they are a domain administrator. One way to check for this is to: Click the Start button Right-click the Start button and select Computer Management (for Windows 7 users, go to Start > right-click on Computer and choose ‘Manage’) Expand Local Users and Groups, select the Groups folder Right-click Administrators and choose Properties from the list. Here’s a screenshot: The result will be a list of all the recognized local administrators and administrator groups. If you are a domain administrator, but…

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Get your SOLIDWORKS Service Pack The Safe Way!

You’ve heard the phrase a million times… “Safety First”. Well, I’m here to tell you that this cliché has just as much truth when attempting to Download SOLIDWORKS Service Pack as anywhere else. One issue that many folks seemingly bump into, is the failure of a SOLIDWORKS upgrade when attempting to use the “Download and Install” option, which is present within the “Individual (On This Computer)” option that presents itself as the default within the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. Most of these failures are due to interruptions in the data and files requested and sent from SOLIDWORKS in order to complete the update process on your system. The interruptions in the data happen for a wide variety of reasons, mainly restrictions on the size, or amount an individual system can download within a network. The use of proxy servers for security purposes also tend to limit the ability of the Installation manager to…

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SolidWorks Installations – Ensure Full Permissions with Local Admin Accounts [VIDEO]

When you are about to install/upgrade/modify SolidWorks on your workstation, it is very important to be logged into the computer as the Local Administrator account.  This account will have full permissions to all files, folders and registry keys.  When trying to install SolidWorks under a user account with limited permissions, the installation can fail or cause problems down the road. We’ve seen with some machines where logging in as a Domain Administrator may not allow full access to the local machine. Here is a method to determine if you are in fact logged in as the Local Administrator account.

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How to Install Multiple SOLIDWORKS Versions on your system [UPDATED]

Do you need to be able to use more than one release of SOLIDWORKS on your system?  For instance you may use SOLIDWORKS 2016 but for one supplier or customer you also need SOLIDWORKS 2015 since they haven’t upgraded yet and you need to share some files with them.  How can you install two or more versions of SOLIDWORKS on your computer and keep the installations stable and completely separate from each other? In this tech tip we’ll show you steps to install Multiple SOLIDWORKS versions on your system. Like many people, you may have already done a straight installation of two or more versions of SOLIDWORKS onto your system, without making any changes to the default settings in the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.  If that is the case take a look at your C:/ directory.  Right away you will probably notice a folder that says SolidWorks Data, and one that says SolidWorks Data(2), and maybe even a…

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