Do SolidWorks 2018 & 2019 work without changes after upgrading my operating system from Win 7X64 to Win 10x64?
Windows 10 is a downgrade from Windows 7, but I understand what you're saying. One question--will the Windows 10 be a "clean" installation or will it use the "upgrade" feature? I recommend only clean installations of Windows 10 since the "upgrades" always have problems with networking, Apple, and Adobe (and other) software.
If not necessary, I highly recommend staying with Windows 7, even though more current versions of SolidWorks will hassle you about an "unsupported" operating system as we move forward. Eventually, of course, we'll all be stuck with the silly toy-like nature of Windows 10. But you may find it beneficial to hold out as long as possible.
With less than a year of Win7 support left I think at this stage you'd be daft to not be migrating over. Yes Win10 has its faults but like it or not it is now the standard.
I get what you're saying, Dave, but I'm still running SW versions a year or more behind the latest release--so that gives me more "support" time than is indicated by the warnings. Primary SW version now is v2017, my next will likely be v2019 once it's patched up and stable.
Some folks are fine with Windows 10 with its deeply problematic (default) privacy settings, indicating its use for data mining, and its forced Windows updates of up to 6GB several times a year. As for me, I'll stay away from it as long as I can. I need a tool, not a toy. I know how to change many of these settings with a fresh install, but the fact that it's necessary really galls me.
I was talking about Microsoft's support for Win7 rather than SolidWorks', which is expiring Jan 14th next year.
Jeff, The question was not about how much you dislike Win 10. It was about upgrading to win 10 and if solidworks plays nice in the sandbox when upgrading.
I get it, Dave---I was being too bitchy about Windows 10 eight months ago. Still stand by what I mentioned about upgrade vs. clean install---upgrades have been hugely problematic on many fronts, and continue to do so until a fresh install is done (networking items, shares and access to folders, other permissions-based stuff).
By the way, I'm finding I get along MUCH better with the 1903 version of Windows 10---they've addressed or fixed much of what had me so grumpy in the past.
As Admin for ~800 SW installations, haven't really seen any difference with Windows 10 or Windows 7 but we only have used clean installations of Windows 10. Probably you will be fine and if not, repair should fix the issue. Copy your settings with Copy Settings Wizard tool before upgrade.
Though I also recommend clean Windows 10 installations as you get rid of all old registry entries and other "broken" stuff.
Wow, Eero, that's a LOT of SW installations!
Try upgrade first.
Worse case reinstall Windows 10 after.
Or just start flesh.
Of course backup your settings and files first.
I have always preferred a clean install of a new o/s.
If you are migrating to Win10, from what I have read, it is HIGHLY recommended to go with a fresh, clean install. (Save all your data and templates, etc. first of course.)
This OS is just too different from Win7 not to start clean.
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