Will SolidWorks 2015/16 install on Windows 10? I'm downloading through a University license and the student access form at the top says for Windows 7/8 only.
Welcome to the forum. It will probably install, but be prepared to have problems. If you can put it on Windows 7 (or even 8) it will probably work better. Do a search here for "Windows 10".
Windows 10 is not officially supported unless you have SW2016 (not education license) or SW2015 SP 5 which is not released yet. The student licenses have traditionally carried 2 years (i.e. - 2015/2016). The actual functionality is based on 2015 not 2016. SW2016 is only being released now whereas the I would bet the student license was purchased before the SW2016 release.
I've been running both 2016 and 2016 on Windows10. You'll need to go into settings and run SolidWorks in Windows 8 compatibility mode. If you search these forums, you'll find more info.
Thanks for the reply,
By go into settings do you mean in the Solidworks programme or my laptop setting once Solidworks has been installed? P.s. Windows 10 has already been installed on my laptop, don't know if this makes a difference.
Go to the Start Menu folder, which is normally here: –
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SOLIDWORKS 2015
or right-click the icon on the Start menu and click ‘Open file location’
Right-click the ‘SolidWorks 2015 x64 Edition’ icon and click ‘Properties’
Go to the ‘Compatibility’ tab and click the tick box ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for:’ and in the drop-down box select ‘Windows 8′ and then ‘OK’.
‘Open file’ and ‘Save As’ should now work as normal.
I am running SolidWorks 2015-2016 Student Engineering Kit without issue on Win 10 OS.
I installed with disabled MS KB issue on Win 7 and then upgraded to Win 10.
J... Forgive me for my ignorance. Can you install (upgrade) to Win 10 without formatting your hard drive? Keep your files and applications-programs (in working order)? I suppose I could google this but I know you are a wealth of information. I do have SW 2014-15 & 16 on my machine so I suppose I would have to at least give up 2014.
Yes, you can. I did it a few weeks ago without any problems.
Thank you Jeff,,, Then can I run 2014 & 2015 (SP 2.1) by selecting compatibility mode? I'm currently running Win 7 Professional SP 1 64-bit. Are there any benefits running Win 10? I will do some research on this. I consider this related to Ehsin's question.
I've been running 2015 & 2016, but not sure about 2014, Dennis.
Hello Jeff,... do you or anyone reading know of any SolidWorks 2015 or 2016 performance comparison values running Windows 7 or 8 and the 10 upgrade (using the same computer system) ?
I don't, Paul. Given the fact that my laptop is 3+ years old, and wasn't that awesome to begin with, I'm just happy it still performs. I can say that I haven't noticed any degradation in performance though.
Thanks, Jeff.. I have read older systems seem to fair well.
I'm tempted with the upgrade.... BUT... have resistance because of loss of performance (5-10%) from the Win7 > Win8 upgrade.
There is very little information about what the difference is and..only blah-blah written garb,.. no comparable upgrade data?
I never used Win8, went straight from 7 to 10.
Jeff Mirisola: I never used Win8, went straight from 7 to 10.
Count your blessings.
Thanks for all your replys guys! Sorry to be a pain again but does anyone know if the software installed on Windows 8.1? I've seen many saying 8 but don't know about 8.1 specifically (through 2015/16 version, uni licence again)
I as well as many are on 8.1... imho, 8 is/was basically the same.. if you can stay on win7, for stability and speed,.. stay there..
and,..note this issue when installing..
"Instability in SOLIDWORKS due to conflict with Microsoft KB3072630"
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