The SOLIDWORKS error "A newer version of this application is already installed" occurs when installing, repairing, or modifying a version of SOLIDWORKS older than 2021 SP2, when 2021 SP2 or newer is/or has been installed on the machine. This error appears because of a change made in the Visual Basic for Application version 7.1 (VBA 7.1) introduced in 2021 SP2. Older versions of SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager do not recognize this new VBA 7.1, and will then try to install its own VBA when a newer one is already present.
There are two methods to correct this error:
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About Cassidy Kelsch
Cassidy Kelsch is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer and Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Utah Valley University and has over five years experience in CAD design. Cassidy joined GoEngineer in 2020.
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