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Installation Type

Specify the installation operation you would like to run, such as creating a new installation, modifying or repairing an existing installation, creating an administrative image, installing administrative server products, or downloading files without installing.


Install SolidWorks products on this computer.

This option appears only if this version is not currently installed on this computer.

Modify the individual installation

Modify the existing SolidWorks installation on this computer.

This option appears only if this version is currently installed on this computer.
Modifications include:
  • Adding or removing SolidWorks product components
  • Changing to a different SolidWorks package (for example, SolidWorks Professional, SolidWorks Premium, and so on)
  • Changing the SolidWorks serial number setting
    If you already specified a SolidWorks serial number during a prior installation, SolidWorks Installation Manager might not prompt for it again. To change the serial number that is assumed by SolidWorks Installation Manager, you must select this option.

Repair the individual installation

Repair the existing SolidWorks installation on this computer.

This option appears only if this version is currently installed on this computer.
Repair verifies that all the files are present and registered properly and fixes any problems that are found. Data you have created is not affected.
  • To repair a product, ensure that it is selected.
  • Clear the check boxes for products you do not want to repair.
You can repair an individual installation. You cannot repair an administrative image installation; you must reinstall using the administrative image.

Administrative image

Create or update an administrative image on this computer.

You can use an administrative image to install on multiple computers. For details about installing SolidWorks on multiple clients using administrative images, see Using Administrative Images.

When creating or updating administrative images:
  • You can use installation settings from an existing image to configure the new or updated image, or you can use the default SolidWorks installations settings.
  • If you are updating an existing image:
    • SolidWorks Installation Manager creates a new copy of the image, even if you are updating. The original image is not modified.
    • You can create the updated image using files from the existing image you are updating. This results in a smaller download.
    If you do not specify an image for which a Service Pack release is available to update the previous image, you cannot take advantage of the smaller download.
  • You can create a 32-bit administrative image and a 64-bit image on this computer. Otherwise, only the image that corresponds to the hardware architecture of this computer is created.
    If you do specify both 32-bit and 64-bit image creation, the SolidWorks installation media for both architectures will be required to complete the installation.

Server products

SolidWorks administrative server products include SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server (Vault) and SolidNetWork License Manager.

Download only

Download the installation files for selected SolidWorks products without installing the products.

This option does not appear if you are installing from a DVD.

The content of the downloaded files is the same as the files that are available on the SolidWorks installation DVD. Selecting this option downloads the full set of installation files, regardless of what files might already be installed on your computer.

You can use this method to set up a server from which your users can perform installations. This is different from creating an administrative image.

Installing the wrong SolidWorks architecture for this computer

If you are attempting to install using the wrong SolidWorks installation media for this computer architecture (for example, if you are trying to install 64-bit SolidWorks on a 32-bit computer) this installation panel should indicate this problem.

To continue the installation:
  1. Cancel this SolidWorks Installation Manager session.
  2. Check the computer architecture and system requirements for this computer.
  3. Re-install using the correct SolidWorks installation media for this computer architecture.

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