In the past, I have been asked for DVDs of the final service pack of a version of SolidWorks. For example, SolidWorks 2013 SP5. SolidWorks Corporate does not “burn” the final service packs to DVD for distribution to customers. For instances like this, here is an easy way to get all the DVD content right from the “Downloads and Updates” area of the SolidWorks Customer Portal.
After logging into your SolidWorks Customer Portal, select the “Downloads and Updates” option.
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Then select the version of the software that you want to download.
This download is only enough data to start the SolidWorks installation Manager. It is not all the files necessary to install the SolidWorks software. It is the bare minimum download to get things started. After the download is complete, you will need to extract the files from the compressed folder. Once that is done, the SolidWorks Installation Manager will start. Here is where you have a few choices.
If you select “Individual (on this computer)” that means that you will download all the necessary files and install SolidWorks on this computer only.
If you select “Download only – Download all files that are on the DVD. These files can be used to create an individual installation or administrative image on any computer.” that means that you will download all the contents of the SolidWorks DVD. You can then use the entire content to install on multiple computers. As a note, if you use this DVD download to install SolidWorks on a computer, you need to keep the data set in the same location. In the future, if you need to do a repair or modify of the SolidWorks software, it requires the original source files.
After you have selected the “Download only”, the remaining SolidWorks Installation Manager steps are self-explanatory.
Now you have the entire contents of the SolidWorks DVD. You can put them in a network folder so many users can copy the contents to their computer and do an install. Or you can use the contents to create an administrative image so you can “push” the SolidWorks install to all the computers (but that is a blog for another day).