Edit your Profile
Ask a Question
View my Inbox
View trending activity
All Spaces and Groups
About the Forums
Drawing and Detailing
Educators and Students
Hardware and Graphics
Modeling and Assemblies
to create and rate content, and to follow, bookmark, and share content with other members.
Installation best practice
Discussion created by
on Oct 6, 2008
on Oct 6, 2008 by Rodney Hall
Show 0 Likes
Is it a good idea to uninstall the prior version of Solidworks before installing the next version? If so, do we do this via the control panel add/remove programs list?
This content has been marked as final.
Show 3 comments
(Required, will not be published)
Oct 6, 2008 1:24 PM
Most long-time users have gotten into the habit of doing a "clean uninstall" instead of the update which, in addition to uninstalling SolidWorks from the Control Panel, also includes removing certain entries from the registry that a normal uninstall doesn't touch. Your VAR can provide you with a utility to perform a 'clean uninstall', or I believe you can still download it from SolidWorks Customer Portal.
The reason for all of this is more often than not your old SolidWorks installation will get corrupted between releases. Doing an update often just makes matters worse and you wind up having to do the clean uninstall anyway. You usually don't find this out until after you've spent several hours, or sometimes days, chasing your tail trying to figure out what the problem is. So, why not go ahead and do the clean uninstall right off the bat and save yourself some time and headaches. The new installation will almost always be quicker and almost effortless after a clean uninstall.
Show 0 Likes
Oct 6, 2008 1:57 PM
The new installations will actually do a clean install when you "upgrade". They install the new version seperate from the old version. So as a general practice it is not as big of an issue as with other software, where version upgrades keep the existing software, and "upgrade" only some files.
However, when you "upgrade", it still maintains your registry entries. Thus all your settings stay intact during the upgrade, for better or for worse. This can be good as you don't have to re-do your settings. This can be bad, as SW can't anticipate everything that could possibly be changed, so something may get corrupted. The important thing is that almost everything can be corrected by editing the registry. If you are comfortable hand-editing the registry, you can remove (preferably by renaming the folder, as a backup) the solidworks registry entry (the whole thing), and then it will recreate itself next time you run SW.
So which way should you go? I prefer to upgrade, I don't like having to reset all my settings. Rio just stated that he likes a clean install and I know Wayne Tiffany and Gerald Davis and countless others always recommend a clean install.
Show 0 Likes
Oct 6, 2008 2:18 PM
I keep any of my settings and or company standard settings stored on and pointed to a network location. Copy settings wizard allows me to capture my settings for safe keeping. I always do clean installs from an admin image. This way if I need to wipe and reload SW from scratch, I can do it in about 15-20 min with no DVD req'd. No looking up serial numbers either. Users installations are consistant, predictable and they only get what I spec in the admin image for each user profile.
Show 0 Likes
Retrieving data ...
Baffled by behavior of exercised sketch lines
Link Custom XML data in MS Word to PDM variables
Helical swept cut with solid issues
Sheet Metal "Box" Helix Form - How do I make the sides?!
SW 2020 Bug: Graphics rendering in drawings does not match models.