Does Solidworks 2013 work with Windows 8? If so any issues?
Yes, it works and is approved for Windows 8. 64 bit version of Windows 8 only.
what's your opinion about sw 2013 on win 8? For the scale from 1 to 10: what's score?
Everything I have heard is good.
I've read that the Aero theme is not available on Win 8.
Is that true?
How does that affect SW?
Since Windows 8 x64 is an approved operating system for SolidWorks 2013 I would assume it has no affect at all. Kinda think SolidWorks would have done some testing there.
I do not have any machines with Windows 8. I am reporting what I hear. Lou Gallo from DDI is using Windows 8 with SW2013 and likes it a lot. From what I hear from other folks there are no showstoppers.
Just to verify: you can't run SW2012 on win8 - Am I correct?
A little background:
Microsoft used the term Aero as an all-encompassing term for the new windowing features introduced in Vista. This was based on a new GUI hardware accelerated compositing engine called the Desktop Window Manager (DWM), confusingly also sometimes called Aero.
The translucent glass borders was just a visual effect or theme called "Aero theme" or "Aero glass". Users who did not like the glassy look of the windows turn off "Aero", which results in turning off not just the glass, but also portions of the hardware accelerated DWM.
The DWM, running in software emulated mode, ends up trying to composite the SolidWorks hardware accelerated OpenGL window with emulated UI window controls and elements. This ends up in slowdowns or instability in SolidWorks when Aero is turned off.
In Win8, the DWM is still there, but only the glass borders look (the Aero theme) is gone. In short, the absence of the Aero theme in Win8 has no detrimental effect on SolidWorks 2013.
(As a reminder: Just make sure to use the certified graphics drivers, not the default ones that ship with Win8.)
Regarding SW2012 on Win8: There were several installation and application issues specific to Win8 that were fixed in SW2013. Besides not being supported, trying to install and use SW2012 on Win8 is likely to lead to failed installations and wasted time or worse. You can try to install & run SW2012 on Win8, but I'd recommend against it.
Hope this helps,
Thank you for the Aero/DWM explanation, Vajrang.
So that's what the windows aero theme was about!
Thank you Anna for your response.
We talked about this briefly here: https://forum.solidworks.com/message/323892#323892
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