I have some machines with 1 or 2 older versions on it. Does this have an effect on performance either way? Personally, I like a clean slate but was wondering
if there are any consequences.
I had always just installed the newest on top of the existing version, but I had an issue a few years ago when I didn't have all available options in some right-click menus. At the recommendation of someone from my VAR I uninstalled all versions, then re-installed them starting with the newest. That fixed the problem. He (or she, I don't remember) said it's always best to do it that way when running multiple versions.
Last time I did a reinstall with the newest first---in May---I ended up with problems that eventually messed up my Wacom tablet drivers in the process of fixing them. Eventually just started over by reinstalling Windows again, then all my software. Was a real pain.
When I got that stuff done I reinstalled the old version first and then the new, following the document given to me by my VAR. Everything works great this time. I was amazed how many steps had been added to the installation (or clean reinstall) procedure since the last time I went through all this with a new computer---and how many of my old ways of doing it really didn't work well.
What is the purpose of having older version with latest version? I assume that all older version will open in newer version.
This is true, but if a client has only an older version of SolidWorks, they won't want me working on it in a future version that they won't be able to view/edit on their older version. So I keep older versions on my machine for this reason.
If you work on an older version part with a newer version, it will save it as the newer version - If you need to send this back to the person that sent it to you, they will not be able to open it (because they have the older version.)
A lot of people do this so that they can work on older files, and leave them accessible to their customers that might be running an older version.
Not necessarily. I always run multiple versions so I can work with all my clients (on different versions).
However, there are certain things you need to do---and this can be a bit of a pain---to make sure the install goes well. If you've got a VAR, they should be able to give you a document that goes through all the necessary steps to make sure the new version of SW installs properly---and it will likely be multiple pages.
I have heard both ways......
Personally, I think that if you are going to have more than 1 version of Solidworks on a machine, you would do very well to make sure that everything is separate (meaning separate folders). (standards/templates/etc...) I have seen a lot of confusion over upgraded toolbox and whatnot.
Although the only reason that I can think of to have more than 1 version of Solidworks is because of customers. If your customer isn't driving the version, then a complete clean slate seems to be best (IMHO).
Although I will admit I have not been a big part of the installation process (IT does it here).
I agree with Dan, unless you have a real reason to keep older Versions, keep it clean and only have one install.
Every few years I do a clean Uninstall, unless my computer get's updated before.
Most companies now a day have different vendors. Some of them are still using old SW releases. If they send out files created on older SW version, you don't want to send back with the current version. it's the main reason why many still keep old release on their computers
I keep couple older releases on my computer just in case I need testing
In a previous life when I would use multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS, I used this to keep everything COMPLETELY SEPARATE -
MojoPac 18.104.22.168 - Download
You can basically have a portable hard drive (or beefy thumb drive), and install different programs on it.
Want to take a look at something in SOLIDWORKS 2001?
Throw me that portable HD, and fire it up!
Now I just stick with the most current version.
Todd Blacksher wrote: In a previous life when I would use multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS, I used this to keep everything COMPLETELY SEPARATE - MojoPac 22.214.171.124 - Download You can basically have a portable hard drive (or beefy thumb drive), and install different programs on it.Want to take a look at something in SOLIDWORKS 2001?Throw me that portable HD, and fire it up! Now I just stick with the most current version.
Todd Blacksher wrote:
You are straying dangerously close to the thread asking about not being able to open a file from your flash drive.
Thanks for the replies. I think after reading a few more threads on this, I may leave the older versions on there. You can always read older version files with newer versions of SW....but I've seen a few threads of messing with kernels, reinstalling windows, updating registry and such when uninstalling. Not really things I am comfortable with. We have one system that keeps crashing in SW and running slower than normal. Thought the old versions might be an issue. I'm guessing its something else.
When I was at the VAR, I would cringe every time I opened Windows Explorer on a customer's computer and saw these folders:
I wish to know whether it is necessary to uninstall already exiting Solid Work to install a new edition.
You do not have to uninstall your previous version of SolidWorks to install a new one however you have to make sure the new version is installed in a different location.
to answer your question
1) No need to uninstall the older version if you don't want to
2) Do not select "upgrade" option when installing the new version so the new version will automatically be in new location name as 1, 2 and etc..
That's one of the things that's bugged me for many, many versions of SolidWorks. Why on earth would the same default location be used for every version of SolidWorks? Why not have each version with its own version number as default directory, so nobody will mistakenly install v2017 over v2016?
I guess it only takes one time to learn.
After reading the posts above, I think the best advice is to not install newer versions. Problem solved.
But there is a big problem. You can't open attached files in the forum if version is new.
These guys are teasing you ... don't take their words for it
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