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									                   SolidWorks 2009
                Stand-Alone Installation

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Stand-alone or individual installation refers to installing SolidWorks on a single
workstation directly from source files. This is in contrast to an administrative image,
which is a method to centrally-manage multiple client installations.

Stand-alone installation requires a complete file set of the latest service pack (SP). These
files will be referred to as the source files. This file set is typically accessed in one of
three ways:

       1. From the SolidWorks 2009 DVD placed into the user’s optical drive
       2. From a copy of the SW 2009 DVD contents placed on a network share
       3. From a complete download from the Customer Portal
             a. Tip: ‘Download only…’ and share the downloaded source files on the

As of SolidWorks 2008, a subscription customer has the ability to download the entire
installation package from the Customer Portal. See the Customer Portal Guide.

Ensure the proper DVD is chosen per the workstation hardware and operating system.
Included is both a 32- and 64-bit version of the DVD.

The front end for installing SolidWorks is the Installation Manager. This is a small
application (sldim.exe) located in the folder <disk drive/download folder>\sldim\ within
the source files.

The SolidWorks Installation Manager allows users to install and manage the correct
SolidWorks products. The Installation Manager controls all products (.msi packages) so
they do not need to be installed manually. More information on the Installation Manager
can be found in a recent SW Tech Tip:

Be sure and complete the guide Preparing for SolidWorks Installation.

If there are any issues or error messages, these should be documented specifically.
One method is to capture this message by pressing the Print Screen button, then pasting
into a document. This will become valuable for troubleshooting. To expedite technical
support, you can copy the IM logs and email directly to These
logs record error messages and critical troubleshooting info. They will be found in
different locations depending on operating system:

                WinXP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\IM
                Vista: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\IM

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Place the DVD into the disk drive and the Installation Manager should Autoplay. If it
fails to start automatically, browse to the DVD drive via Windows Explorer. Locate the
folder <disk drive>\sldim\sldim.exe (or if you are executing from a downloaded file set).
Double-click the sldim.exe file to execute.

You will be prompted to enter your serial numbers. SolidWorks serial numbers (SN) are
sent via email to customers at time of initial purchase. You may also access them via the
Customer Portal (see Customer Portal Guide). The products that are eventually installed
are based on which serial numbers are entered during this step. e.g. if a Simulation SN is
not entered, Simulation will only be installed if the SolidWorks SN equates to a Premium

Ensure that additional serial numbers are entered – if applicable – by selecting the link “If
you have other serial numbers from SolidWorks…”

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All serial numbers are now 24 digits. If a 16-digit serial number is entered, the next
screen will provide an update to the serial number. Keep this for your records! Most
stand-alone serial numbers begin with either 9000- or 0000- (network-based serial
numbers typically begin with 0010-). It may be possible that all SN are identical if they
are network-based (0010-).

Important: With a network-based SN, the license server must be updated to version
2009 before a license can be pulled for this new installation. If this is not completed, an
error message will appear when starting up SolidWorks that a license cannot be obtained.

The next thing the Installation Manger (IM) will check is a connection to the SolidWorks

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If this process takes more than several minutes, or if you get connection-related warning
messages, you might have issues with your network or firewall.

In general, a firewall needs to make exceptions to allow “*”. If the IM
cannot connect to the SolidWorks server, a message box will appear giving an error

Even if there is communication trouble, clicking ‘cancel’ to a warning message will
bypass this step and allow continuation of the installation. Note that the appropriate add-
ins might need to be enabled manually in later steps if you skip this current step.

The SolidWorks server will communicate with the IM and determine the default
packages to install based on the serial numbers entered. It will also scan the local system
and detect existing SW installations.

The IM will also check for any available updates (Service Packs). For example,
installation is initiated from an SP0.0 DVD, but SP1.0 was recently released, the IM will
give the option to install the current version or download the updated version. Choosing
the updated version will stop the current installation, and download the new IM
package. This entire process will start again. This will also require new files to be
downloaded to complete the updated installation.
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Typically, a user will choose to continue installing the current version and also choose
‘Individual’ installation type.

Instead, a user may wish to download the newest package with a ‘Download files…’
option and then share this downloaded package on the network for other users to install
from. The download option basically allows you to get an electronic version of the latest-

After selecting an Individual installation, the system will perform a detailed scan of
existing products. It will prompt the user if an existing installation is found with two

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The two Upgrade Options are upgrade (replace the older installation) or create a new
installation. It is recommended to always create a new installation, this is a cleaner
installation for a major version updates. Complete the clean uninstall per the guide
Preparing for SolidWorks Install. If this is only an updated service pack, then upgrading
the current installation is acceptable.

The following page verifies what products (add-ins, extra applications) will be
installed/upgraded. If necessary, users may select the down arrows next to the category
to deselect or add products. Important: The install location is also set on this screen.
Alignex recommends setting this path to be version-specific (e.g. Program
Files\SolidWorks 2009 SP0).

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Ensure that all products are selected that need to be installed. One example is Simulation
(formerly COSMOSWorks) which is somewhat buried in the Add-Ins list:

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After selecting ‘Next’ there will be a prompt for license server if using a network-based
license. The format for this entry is port@host:

The next screen will prompt for the location of the Hole Wizard database and Toolbox
fastener library. This is sometimes referred to as the Common Data or SolidWorks Data
folder. Read the description on this page carefully, since this explains the three
installation options. If applicable, point this folder to a shared network location.
This location is typically a copy of the older-version’s Toolbox.

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Again it is recommended to use a version-specific file path (e.g. \SolidWorks Data 2009

If installing from a downloaded file set, it is possible that the user may want to install
products that were not downloaded initially. In this case, the IM will download the
necessary files (or allow user to browse to an alternate location where the files may be

If a download is required to complete the installation (or if a ‘download files…’ option is
selected) the user will see the next screen indicating the estimated file size to download.
Attention should be paid to the download folder location. This is where the files will be
placed and these are the same files that may be shared out/copied via network.

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Note the option to “Speed up downloads by using more network bandwidth.” This
should be deselected if any download connectivity issues are encountered. Users are also
cautioned that this option seems to ‘eat up’ a large portion of bandwidth on the network!

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At this point the IM will download any files that are required to complete the installation.

If there are any indications of network connectivity trouble (error messages or a large
number of retries) the user should verify that firewall settings are properly adjusted.

Depending on internet speed, this download may take several hours.

Ready to Install SolidWorks, you can delay if needed:

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After SolidWorks is installed, you may need to reboot the PC (depending on which
redistributables were installed). Verify by starting the program the installation was

Verify that all needed add-ins are available via Tools > Add-Ins. If an add-in was not
selected during the installation, it will not appear in this list. A user may modify the
installation via the Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, which will take him/her back
through this process.

After installation, each standalone seat needs to be activated with SolidWorks within 30
days of installation. You will be prompted to proceed with activation the first time you
run SolidWorks, and each subsequent time if you choose to postpone activation. As of
version 2007, there is no registration code required.

The new installation will have to be configured. This includes setting up file locations,
arranging toolbars, etc. It is not supported to apply SW2008 registry settings to SW2009.

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