Currently I am operating SW 2016. Since 2017 has been out while our subscription is active, are we able to download and install 2017 after our subscription ends, or would we be required to upgrade prior to the subscription ending?
Alex, downloads are blocked when subs expire so get the download in advance (use the Share All files..." option omn the first screen to get the entirety of the source files). You can install a version your are entitled to even when off subs so long as you have the media. I.e. if you have the DVD then you can install SP0 after subs expires, but not download the service packs, hence getting the full download whilst your subs are still active. Your VAR may be able to work with SolidWorks for an FTP download of the service pack you are entitled to if subs have already expired.
Thanks for the info!
Sorry, what do you mean by the Share All Files option? I downloaded the installation files from Downloads | Support | SOLIDWORKS and unzipped them and stored them for 2017 SP4.1. Is that sufficient? It allows me to start the installation manager. Or should I proceed through the installation manager to a certain point without actually installing it?
Alex, there are two ways to manage updates in SolidWorks, one is to download the patches (service packs) and one is to download the entirety of the specific version. if you used the default options and actually installed 2017 then it is more likely you simply downloaded the files needed for your current environment which could have been the upgrade files. If you chose to Download Only then you will probably have everything you need- it will be at least 5GB of data. Share All files is this option in the install manager.
I have none of 2017 installed, so I need all of it. I used the share all files option and am currently downloading 12Gb for the full installation. I believe this is what I wanted. Thank you.
Yep you’ll have everything there Alex. You can also install any colleague machines with that same download as well.
To add to what Adam Hartles said, you'll need to run the installation manager through completion after choosing the "Download and Share all files" option. This won't actually install anything on your machine, it will only download all the necessary files to the location that you specify so that you can install at a later date.
Yep, I've done that. The download is in progress now.
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