SOLIDWORKS Uninstall

SOLIDWORKS Uninstall procedures and best practices

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 avoid problems right from the start. When you uninstall SOLIDWORKS from the Control Panel, Windows is keeping track of programs installed and triggers the uninstall process.  The program is removed from the list when the uninstall is complete.  There can be instances where this fails to complete.  One example is if the Program Files folder for the SOLIDWORKS installation was deleted manually before uninstalling from the Control Panel.  Windows still thinks it’s installed but will fail to find the files to remove. In the event that the SOLIDWORKS uninstall process fails The first thing to try is a Repair of the SOLIDWORKS Installation.  This may…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Uninstall will complete even when DLL files cannot be unregistered

This little bit of functionality does not seem to be something that most folks would be interested in at all, until this SOLIDWORKS 2017 Uninstall message appears: Prior releases of SOLIDWORKS would ask you to pick up the saved log files and forward them along to your VAR for further diagnosis. Many times what is discovered through examination of the installation log files, is that the DLL files are unable to be unregistered. This is typically due to complications involving permissions within the windows registry. SOLIDWORKS 2017 uninstall will assist some of these issue by bypassing errors that are due to an inability for a related DLL file to become unregistered. We will then see a list of DLL files at the end of the process that we can investigate further if we so choose. Once we have the list of errant DLL files we can login as an administrator and attempt…

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How to Upgrade SOLIDWORKS Standard to SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium Version

Firstly, congratulations on deciding to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS Standard version to Professional or Premium, or from Professional to Premium. Perhaps you’ve purchased a new seat or upgraded your existing one, or perhaps you are just wanting to switch who uses which type of license. Regardless, it is a fairly straightforward process. If you are switching seats, or for whatever reason you need to downgrade a computer, you need only change the serial number used for the installation. This will simply “lock out” the Professional or Premium functionality. Much of it is the same for upgrading except for one step. I would suggest performing the downgrade first to become comfortable with the serial number changing process as it is the easier process. Be sure to take note of both serial numbers. Before you upgrade SOLIDWORKS Before you begin the upgrade, make sure you have your installation files handy. This might be a…

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Complete Uninstall of SOLIDWORKS

Sometimes you may need to completely uninstall SolidWorks, including all Program Files and Registry Keys.  Perhaps the computer will be used by someone else who doesn’t use SolidWorks and you need to free up some hard drive space.  This can also be required if the original installation was performed without following best practices (restricted user permissions, antivirus running, User Account Controls enabled).  If you don’t plan on reinstalling SolidWorks on the same computer again, ensure that you have transferred the SolidWorks license to free up the activation (http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2012/03/transfer-sw-license/).  This blog post runs you through the options during the Uninstall process. Before uninstalling SolidWorks be sure that you have: First logged in as the LOCAL admin account, The antivirus has been disabled (http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2011/06/disable-antivirus/) And the Windows User Account Controls have been disabled (http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2011/01/uac/). Choosing to Uninstall SolidWorks from the Control Panel will bring up the Installation Manager: Under “Advanced Options” you can…

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