I wish to know whether SWX updates takes place automatically or you have do it manually. Because I have SWX 2017 SP 4.1 but SWX 2018 is available to download.
yeah but that's stile pre-release version.
As to the question i think it always is manual to update, you might have settings that it will automatically download newer version, so it's ready to install - but that would still be manual (as far as I know)
Wojciech Paterski is correct, SOLIDWORKS Background Downloader will only download the latest available Service Pack/Version if enabled. They will never upgrade automatically. It has always been a manual process and hopefully always will be as this would cause mayhem.
I understand that Versions (SWX 2018, SWX 2017…….) will have to be downloaded manually and updates for that versions takes place automatically.
SOLIDWORKS Background Downloader can download all releases (major and minor), nothing but the download process takes place automatically. You still have to manually install all versions.
For what it is worth, I believe that service packs within a major release are considered "updates", and moving from one major release to another (2017 to 2018) is considered an "upgrade".
When I "upgrade," I do a fresh install of SOLIDWORKS.
(After backing up the data from the previous version, I will uninstall it, and then I will install the new version.)
(I prefer not to have multiple versions installed at the same time, however I know that is a requirement for several people.)
When doing upgrade, is it necessary to back up custom templates?
No auto updates yet...you get to pick you the on that you want to work with. If you are having problems with a function you can check to see if the service pack fixes it.
then you decided if it is worth it or not to you and your company/coworkers.
as soon as you update service pack and start saving files I think that they wont be able to open files...at least that is what I ran into in the past.
Service Packs do not effect sharing of files, only "upgrades" (going from one release to the next, 2017 -> 2018) will effect interoperability of files.)
well that is good to know...thinking back not sure if we had issues or not way back when we used a 286 and 8 meg of ram to run the program....
You would have had problems, System Requirements for 95 were: Pentium processor, 32MB of RAM and 48Mb of disk space
As I may have mentioned before, things like templates and such I keep a backup of in another folder 'outside' of SolidWorks just in case the worst should ever happen..........
Retrieving data ...