I am using Solidworks 2015 SP5.0 on a Windows 7 enterprise. It is crashing so often its becoming unusable. I don't have a subscription currently.
Is there a better service pack? Can I get it without a sub? Recommendations?
No better service pack. There are better versions which you cannot get without a sub.
I recommend sub.
Take Tom's recommendation.
Personally, I would do a reinstall. In fact, I might even reformat your drive and reinstall Windows fresh. Lots of things can happen that forschimmel your installation. You could spend a week and be a hero and figure out what it was, or you could just reinstall. Bad install, bad uninstall, driver conflict, bad sector on drive, bad memory, it could be a lot of things. Consider a fresh install. Especially if this is an old machine that has never been reformatted.
I will work on getting a sub.
I don't have admin rights and getting IT support is almost as hard as buying new software
You might need a new computer for newer version of SW.
A new version of SW cannot fix old hardware problems.
Or old Windows problems.
This is why I avoid upgrading to new versions. The overall experience is almost always worse on newer versions because of resource issues.
Is 2018 worse than usual? Do you think the jump from 2015 to 2017 would be bad?
For now I will deal with the issues in 2015 and then I will upgrade when my machine gets lifecycled.
You can get Solidworks without subs it's just generally speaking they don't like or want you to do it.
So in theory you could buy/upgrade to 2018 sp5 which will be out shortly without any subs. That should let you down grade to any previous version if the download is available and you wanted to.
Doubt getting a newer version is going to solve your problem - likely more it is your hardware or OS. I’m running SW2015, SW2016, SW2017 & SW2018 on one computer w/o problems - latest SP on all if them. Have you tried a SW repair On your 2015 install?
Mark Biasotti wrote: I’m running SW2015, SW2016, SW2017 & SW2018 on one computer w/o problems - latest SP on all of them.
Mark Biasotti wrote:
I’m running SW2015, SW2016, SW2017 & SW2018 on one computer w/o problems - latest SP on all of them.
I've 2013 to 2019 on same machine w/o problems
Is there any purpose of having many versions, other than replying to a forum posting with older version file attachment?
Maha Nadarasa wrote: Is there any purpose of having many versions, other than replying to a forum posting with older version file attachment?
Maha Nadarasa wrote:
yes....customers on older versions
Not that I choose to but we are an engineering consultancy with about 20 currently running programs at any given time. Many of our clients our on versions 2016 thru 2018 - no 2019 yet :-)
If you got SP5 there are some stability fixes released afterwards you probably are entitled to them as they are hot fixes not new SPs.
Contact your former VAR and ask about them as you have to install the fixes on top of your current SP5.
They improved a lot my 2015 experience.
I have a Dell Lattitude E7450 laptop. I am not sure how to check which hot fixes are applied.
Then scroll all the way down to 2015.
Thanks Fredrick. Very helpful.
Since you're updating.
Go to Dell Support, use your laptop service code and get updated drivers, softwares and firmwares.
If you haven't done that yet.
Has your laptop always been crash prone, or just recently?
Your gaming graphics card isn't doing you any favors either.
Its been rock solid when I am not running SW. I will definitely request a workstation graphics card on my next machine.
If you are not using SWX frequently it not worth to go for latest one because licence fee is high. It is better to try with Windows 10.
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