Installation on Individual Computers

You can install SOLIDWORKS on an individual computer using several installation methods.

The SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager performs the installation, tailoring the installation to the products you have purchased. Before you start the installation:

  • Have your SOLIDWORKS serial number available.
  • Verify that you have a working internet connection. The connection is required for checking entitlement.

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager requires various Microsoft components, including Microsoft Windows Installer, Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications, Visual Basic, and .NET Framework. If the correct versions of all Windows prerequisite components are not installed on the computer, SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager installs them automatically before installing SOLIDWORKS products. The Bonjour service for Windows is also a required component.

Installation Method Summary of the Process
Downloading from the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal
  1. Browse to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal.
  2. Log in as a Subscription Service Customer, using your email address and password, or your SOLIDWORKS serial number.
  3. Under Self Service, click Download Software and Updates.
  4. Under Download Software, click the SOLIDWORKS version you want to install.
You must have a working internet connection and you must be a Subscription Service Customer with login access to the Customer Portal site.
Using a download directory on a server In the download directory, double-click setup.exe.

The download directory must be accessible from the computer on which you are installing SOLIDWORKS products, and it must contain all of the SOLIDWORKS installation files before installation can begin. SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager can help you find missing files if you have internet access and write access to the download directory.

Using the SOLIDWORKS installation media
  • Acquire DVDs from your Value Added Reseller and insert the disks into the computer disk drive.
Updating an existing SOLIDWORKS installation using Check for Updates Do one of the following:
  • In SOLIDWORKS, click Help > Check for Updates.
  • In Windows, click Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager > Check for Updates.
You must have a working internet connection and administrator privileges on the machine.

In the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager, you can also choose the option to Download and share all files, including the prerequisite software. This option is useful if you are installing the software on a few machines and you want to copy the download using a portable drive or a network drive. It is also helpful for installing service packs because the full version and service pack are contained in one install.

When the installation is complete, start the SOLIDWORKS application and activate the license.

To display a listing of products that are installed on your machine, from the SOLIDWORKS main menu, click Help > My Products. The check marks in the dialog box indicate products, that you or your organization own based on your activation and network licenses. You can also learn more about SOLIDWORKS products by clicking the link at the top of each product category.

To see what licenses are in use, in Windows, click Start > SOLIDWORKS <version> > SOLIDWORKS Tools > SolidNetWork License Manager Client > License Usage tab.