So you’ve got your SOLIDWORKS download email, now what? Before beginning the download and installation process, make sure the computer you are planning to install SOLIDWORKS onto meets the minimum system requirements.
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Clicking the Download Attachments link (1) will take you to the ShareFile website, where you will need to enter your information to begin the download. The download is large (~10GB), so it may take a while, depending on your internet speed.
While that is downloading, click on the link for the 7-zip site (2) to download 7-zip.
Figure 1. SOLIDWORKS ShareFile email
From the 7-zip site, choose the software version that is applicable to your needs; most likely it will be the 64-bit version (circled). Once downloaded, run the executable file to install 7-zip.
Figure 2. 7-zip website for downloads
Once the SOLIDWORKS software is downloaded, right-mouse click the SOLIDWORKS zip file, select 7-Zip, and left-mouse click Extract Here to extract the folder.
Next, open the SOLIDWORKS folder and find the setup.exe application.
Figure 3. Extracted SOLIDWORKS folder
Right-mouse click setup.exe and select Run as Administrator. (Launches SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager).
In the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager select Individual Installation and click Next.
Figure 4. Installation Manager welcome screen
The Serial Number screen is where you will input your serial number (Trial or Purchased). Once your number is typed into the area correctly click Next.
Figure 5. Serial Number input page
On the Product Selection page, you can check the software you want to install and uncheck the parts you do not need. Once done click Next.
Figure 6. Product Selection page
On the Summary page, you will be prompted to read and accept the License Agreement from SOLIDWORKS. This box must be checked in order to install the software.
Figure 7. Summary page
About Brian Childree
Originally from Montana, Brian served in the US Air Force where he did machining and welding on A-10s and F-16s while stationed in Alaska and Afghanistan. He’s worked as a Design Engineer in multiple industries from medical, oil and gas, aerospace, consumer products and even interior lighting design. He graduated from the University of Utah’s Mechanical Engineering program and now works at GoEngineer as an Applications Engineer specializing in Simulation analysis.
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