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just so you know I think they retired mechanical desktop
I say uninstall mechanical desktop reinstall SolidWorks if necessary
Install mechanical desktop on a different computer
In Autocad: Type "appload" in the command prompt and unload all applications that start with SW.
Write down the names of the ones that are grayed out and search the path to their location in the c:\program files\Autodesk or similar location.
Rename the SW files with "xx" prefix in case you need to start them back up for some reason. Some open minded investigation may be required based on the particular nature of your installation.
Restart AutoCAD mechanical and you should find SW has been surgically removed, as the various default acad.xxx configuration files cannot find the Solidworks applications. If you go further and remove references from the various AutoCAD configuration files, the startup error messages will no longer appear.
Anthony do you have any more details on what you have described with appload?
I have tried it but can find no applications that start with SW to unload in Autocad 2008/2009/Inventor.
Do you think there is a similar fix for Inventor?
Is there an automatic way of sorting this bug?
Solidworks 2009 SP1 is supposed to fix this problem (see SPR 433616) but it does not seem to work for me.
The problem is exactly as described in the first post, I have lots of Autodesk applications installed and running fine so I don't really want to uninstall them all just to see if this will fix it.
Having had the same problems I have done the following:
Uninstalled all Autodesk products with "perfect untinstaller" - no effect
Reformatted hard drive, set up Autucad products on main PC and Solidworks on Microsoft "virtual PC" - success.
There must be something left behind by Autodesk (even when all programmes unistalled) that Solidworks Flo does not like!