New User Installation Guide
The following document is intented to guide new users through the
various set-up screens.
Having inserted the Solidworks CD into the CD-ROM drive the following
user interface will appear:
For Solidworks, the “Install” button at the top of the interface needs to
Upon selecting the “Install button”, the following screen will appear.
Before the user gets to the main setup options the “Next” button must
At the next screen, two options are available.
Update an existing installation
If Solidworks is already installed e.g. Solidworks 2000, and the user
wishes to have only the most up to date release, the first option must
be selected. N.B Selecting this option will retain the current system
If Solidworks is already installed e.g. Solidworks 2000, and the user
wishes to have the most up to date release as well, the second option
must be selected. N.B This option may be preferable if work is still being
done in the old version.
Whether the option to Upgrade or New Installation is selected the
following setup screen will ask the user what the target installation path
is. If the option to upgrade an existing installation is selected the install
process will detect the current Solidworks home path. If a new
installation is selected, the install process will find the current Solidworks
folder and append the number to “2” to make a second folder. e.g. :
C:\Program Files\Solidworks 2001(2)\
Having selected the “Next” button, the user is prompted for an
Client / Server
For the purposes of this document only the option “Individual” is delt
with. For help on other selections please see the Solidworks Server
Network Installation Guide. The option “Individual” specifies that this is a
single “one-seat” installation, with a “dongle” security device attached
to the computer via the parallel port.
Upon selection of the installation type, the user will then be prompted
for a language setting.
It is envisaged that the most common language setting will be ‘English’,
thus no other language options are selected.
Upon selecting the Next button, the user is then prompted for a
‘Solidworks’ type of install.
Compact: Installs Solidworks only (example files, manuals, No
Photoworks and Featureworks will not be installed.)
Custom: Installs Solidworks and optionally any of the following
example files, manuals, Photoworks, Featureworks.
Typical: Installs Solidworks, example files and manuals.
(Photoworks, Featureworks will not be installed.)
N.B For other add-in functionality such as Animator, Piping and
Utilities, the custom install method must be selected.
Additional to the Solidworks 16-digit serial number, the user must
have the add-in specific serial number.
If either the Compact or Typical installation methods are selected, the
following dialog will appear indicating to the user how much disk
space is required for the install.
If the Custom install method is selected, the following screen will
appear, allowing the user to select desired components.
Once the user has selected which components are required, the Next
button must then be selected. Before going on to the next set up
screen, the user may be prompted with a message asking them if they
would like to also install Acrobat reader. This is required to view some of
the Solidworks documentation, such as the “What’s New” guide. This
message should appear if the install process detects that Acrobat is not
Once the “OK” button is selected, the user will then see a screen
explaining how much disk space is required for the installation.
Should the computer have insufficient disk space for the installation the
user will be prompted with the following message:
If this message does appear, the user must exit the installation, free up
some disk space, then re-try installing.
Assuming there is sufficient disk space to proceed with the installation,
the user will then be prompted for a user name, the company name
and 16-digit serial number. The serial number must be input in batches
of 4 numbers separated using a space.
The 16-digit serial number should coincide with the number on the
security device attached to the parallel port of the computer. The six
numbers on the dongle should match the last two numbers of the
second batch and the third batch of numbers in the serial number.
0006 0079 3365 1174
If the dongle is not attached to the machine during the installation
procedure, if the serial number is mistyped or also if the serial number is
input without spacing, the following error message can appear.
Having input the details for the previous setup screen, the user must
then select the Next button. Having done this the user is then required
to select the preferred dimensioning standard for detailing.
N.B This can be changed later once installed.
Having selected the preferred standard, the user must then select the
Following the previous setup screen, the user is then prompted for
related information on the preferred dimensional units.
The user must select a “unit” size and then select the Next button.
Solidworks adopts a ‘fully-associate’ concept, whereby changes to
parts and assembly models can be made directly on the model, or
indirectly by changing model dimensions on referenced drawings.
The two options are as follows:
Yes: Allows the user to change model dimensions on the model
and drawing. (Added flexibility)
No: Allows the user to change model dimensions on the model
only. (Stricter drawing control)
Once the user has selected the preferred option the user must then
select the Next button.
The following setup screen asks the user whether they wish to supply
Solidworks with Performance related information. This is an optional
choice, but if the user selects ‘Yes’ to this option, the computer must
also have the ability to send e-mail. The e-mail is sent monthly and
provides Solidworks with feedback related to the specification of the
computer running Solidworks.
If the option is selected this can be later changed in Solidworks by
going to Tools // Options // System Options // Enable Performance
Having made a selection on this setup screen to user must then select
the Next button.
If the user had chosen to do a Custom install, for add-in functionality
such as Photoworks, Featureworks, Animator, Piping or Utilities, the next
setup screen will prompt the user for a relevant serial number.
The example screen below is prompting the user for a 16-digit serial
number for Photoworks. Once the number has been typed in, the user
must then select the Next button.
As with the Solidworks serial number, if the add-in serial number is
mistyped or input without spaces the above example error message
The following setup screen asks the user for a name to identify
Solidworks from the Program menu once installed.
For example it should default to “Solidworks 2001”.
Once the desired name is completed, the user must then select the
The final setup screen indicates the Solidworks install path, and also
specifies which add-ins have been selected.
The only option left available is for the user to select the Next button.
At this point the install process should then start installing the program
files on to the hard disk.
Whilst the install process is installing the program files on the hard disk,
the following setup screen should appear.