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 prior to installing SOLIDWORKS products. The Bonjour service for Windows is also a required component.

If you are running Windows 8, see Tips for Using SOLIDWORKS with Microsoft Windows 8, for tasks such as accessing Start or the Control Panel. These steps may vary depending on how Windows 8 is configured on your system. Consult Microsoft Windows documentation for additional instructions and options, especially for systems that are Windows 8 and later.
Installation Method Summary of the Process
Using the SOLIDWORKS installation media Insert the DVD disk into the computer disk drive.
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.

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.
Downloading from the SOLIDWORKS customer Web site
  1. Browse to the SOLIDWORKS Web site.
  2. Login 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 wish to install.
You must have a working internet connection.

You must be a Subscription Service Customer with login access to the Customer Portal site.

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

To see a listing of the products that are installed on your machine, click Help > My Products on the main menu in SOLIDWORKS. My Products shows you all currently available SOLIDWORKS products. The check marks indicate the products which you or your organization currently own based on your activation and network licenses.