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:

  • If you are installing a standalone seat of SOLIDWORKS, have your SOLIDWORKS serial numbers available.
  • Verify that you have a working internet connection. The connection is required for checking entitlement.

SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager installs 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 SOLIDWORKS Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) is another component installed by the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. Its purpose is to show content for the SOLIDWORKS Apps and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Installation Method Summary of the Process
Downloading from the SOLIDWORKS Downloads Page

All your installation media is available from the SOLIDWORKS Downloads Page.

  1. Browse to the SOLIDWORKS Downloads Page.
  2. Log in as a Subscription Service Customer, using your email address and password, or your SOLIDWORKS serial number.
  3. In the Downloads page, for Select Version, select the year.
  4. Click the SOLIDWORKS tab for SOLIDWORKS products, and under Product, select a service pack.
  5. Click Accept Agreement and Continue in the CLOSA page.
  6. Click Download.
You must have a working internet connection and you must be a Subscription Service Customer with login access to the Downloads Page.

If you cannot access the Downloads Page, contact your Value Added Reseller to obtain DVDs.

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 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 > Check for Updates.
  • In Windows, click Start > SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager > Check for Updates.
You can also click Start > SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager > SOLIDWORKS Background Downloader. In the Windows notification area, right-click SOLIDWORKS Background Downloader and click 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 list of products that are licensed on your machine, from the SOLIDWORKS main menu -
  • Click > My Products
  • Click Home in the task pane, SOLIDWORKS Resources > My Products
  • Click Start > SOLIDWorks Tools Version > 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.

If you have a SOLIDWORKS license, to see what licenses are in use, in Windows, click Start > SOLIDWORKS Tools <version> > SolidNetWork License Manager Client > License Usage tab.