SolidWorks 2014 is here! Whether you are upgrading your SolidWorks to 2014, installing fresh from scratch or adding it as an additional version; here are some things that will help the process to run smoother and possibly faster.
It is a good policy to involve your IT and/or CAD Administration before updating your SolidWorks
1. Administrative Rights
First, you must be logged in to your computer with full Administrator Rights.
During Installation SolidWorks is creating Files, Hidden folders and Registry keys.
If you Can, Temporarily suspend your Antivirus program, there are many different types being used with many different versions and updates. SolidWorks will run and perform with the majority of them. However downloads and installations are usually faster and cleaner if it can be temporarily suspended
If you can, sometimes group policies prevent this, temporarily disable windows fire wall. If you use a service such as Sonic Wall or others, please contact us as we can provide a list of exceptions to help downloads go faster and assure they are complete (firewalls can contribute to corrupt downloads)
Windows Firewall settings can be found in Control Panel:
Click on System and security, or if your view is on icons – click right on Windows Firewall
Remember to Change Settings back when download and install is complete
4. UAC (User Account Control)
Set your UAC to never notify:
Click on your Start Button
In the Search Box, type UAC / then click Enter
You should have the User Account Control Box pop-up on your screen
The Windows User Account Control Settings by default are often set to:
Change your settings to the following, you will need to reboot your computer afterwards:
These settings may be part of your companies IT policy. Remember to set them back AFTER SolidWorks is Installed, Registered, and Running.
These are the Typical Best Practices when Installing SolidWorks or Updating Service Packs.
We advise involving your IT or CAD Administration when changing any system settings.
If you experience any issues during the installation please contact us in Technical Support for help.
For more on updating to SolidWorks 2014, read our Step-by-Step Guide on Updating your License to 2014!