How to Deactivate SOLIDWORKS If You Cannot Launch it

Article by Preston Ruff on Nov 05, 2020

If you can't launch your SOLIDWORKS software, you may need to deactivate it. Get step-by-step instructions on how to deactivate SOLIDWORKS if it is still installed or not installed here. 

If SOLIDWORKS is Still Installed

Navigate to C:\Program Files\<your SOLIDWORKS installation directory>\setup\i386

(If you did not name the directory during installation, then it is C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\<SOLIDWORKS with highest number>\setup\i386)

How to deactivate solidworks when it is still installed

Double-click swactwiz.exe to launch the Activation Wizard.

Choose the option to Move … to a new/upgraded computer.

Note: Depending on your version year, it may say transfer or deactivate. Each option will result in deactivation. 

Make sure you get the message ‘Deactivation Succeeded’

If SOLIDWORKS Is Not Installed

This next part requires a SOLIDWORKS ID and a serial number on maintenance that is registered to it.

If your serial number is on maintenance, see this post on how to create a SOLIDWORKS ID and register your serial number to it. 

If this does not/cannot apply to you, call GoEngineer Tech Support.

Go to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and log in with your SOLIDWORKS ID.

Once logged in, go to Downloads and Updates.

SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Downloads and Updates

Choose your version year and select SOLIDWORKS Activation Wizard.

SOLIDWORKS Activation Wizard

This downloads the swactwiz.exe. Use it to install the Activation Wizard. Then launch the Activation Wizard to deactivate your serial number(s).

I hope you found this article helpful, check out more SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks below.

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Remote Access to Your SOLIDWORKS Network or Standalone License

Recovering a Hung SOLIDWORKS Network License

SOLIDWORKS License Manager Tutorial

How to Rebuild the SOLIDWORKS Registry


About Preston Ruff

Preston Ruff is a Technical Support Engineer and Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor based out of our Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert. For many years, Preston has been passionate about CAD design, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and being involved with STEM education. He joined the GoEngineer family in 2017.

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