This article explains how to quickly switch the SOLIDWORKS PDM license types on a per-client basis. This works for both SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard.
You pick the client license type during the SOLIDWORKS PDM installation process, so naturally, you can modify the installation (if it’s not an administrative image) and change the license type that way. Or, if you have time, you can uninstall and reinstall with a different license type. Or you can use the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration tool and change it on the fly. Before we get into how to use the admin tool, let’s recap the different license types.
Pro tip: to change the license type if the client was installed using an admin image, you’d have to uninstall and reinstall with a new admin image with the correct license type.
First, head over to the Administration tool found in the SOLIDWORKS PDM folder under All Programs and open the program.
Next, click on Help > About SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration…
Click on the Client type drop-down and select the new license type.
After selecting your new license type, it will prompt you to restart your computer. A restart is required for the new license type to take in.
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