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Notes about Installation…

With the release of SolidWorks 2008, the Installation manager was introduced. This Installation Manager (IM) helps the user streamline the installation process, by assessing your entitlement through your serial number. SolidWorks goes online to check for products to install and also any updates that are required. The installation manager does take away some of the freedom of the installation process however it also ensures that you do not install anything you cannot license nor does it allow you to get into too much trouble.
Some great features of the installation manager are the ability to schedule the download and installation, so you could set this download to run overnight and install automatically, so when you come in, in the morning you’re all set.
Some other options that are worth noting; “Speed up downloads by using more network bandwidth.” This setting allows SolidWorks to download from multiple peers allowing the download to be much quicker. This setting however is not always allowed by all proxy servers meaning that you may have download issues, if you are getting security messages then try turning this setting off.
Further to the download many customers are having issues with the download size, yes it is large however not as large as the IM indicates, it’s compressed to about 2/3 of this figure the total figure is how much room the file needs once it lands. Also do not be fooled by the original download of the IM as there is a new IM for each service pack, this is about 30Mb once this is downloaded the new IM will assist you in downloading the rest.
When installing for the first time, don’t bother with the service pack downloads just yet, get the service pack 0.0 in first, get it running then check for updates through the help menu.
Also if you can have the original installation media inserted into the DVD drive you will reduce your download hugely!
For more information on installation of SolidWorks Individual and Administrative Image, and other products like PDMWorkgroup check out this great link:
Remember installation is all about permissions, and no Anti-Virus service running. Stop your Anti-Virus service in Administrative Tools NOT in the taskbar. Keep it simple and you’ll be fine…
Micah Speight
Intercad Pty Limited.,
Authorized Solidworks Reseller in Autralia & New Zealand


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