The SOLIDWORKS serial number is a crucial piece for licensing certain add-ins (Toolbox, CircuitWorks, Costing,
etc.) or controlling how the license behaves (standalone versus floating network licensing). At some point or
another they may need to be switched around. This process explains how this is to be done to prevent
trapping standalone licenses with machines no longer using those licenses.
Please ensure that you are logged in under an administrator account and have any antivirus software disabled
for the duration of these instructions.
STEP1: Transfer the license off the machine. (do this step if the current serial number is a standalone)
STEP2: Switch the serial number.
STEP3: Activate the software on the new serial number (do this step if the new serial number is a standalone)
In this way a machine can be switched from one serial number to another without uninstalling SOLIDWORKS and
without unnecessarily trapping standalone licenses. This can be repeated on multiple machines as often as
needed in order to rearrange licenses; it is recommended that you plan the license switching prior to running
this process on multiple machines.
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