After upgrading to 2019v5, when I click the Hole wizard error message pop ups. I use standard holes only. Do you know the path for this?
The error you are seeing is common to multiversion environments. In your case I would guess that you had installed 2020 and the default setting for the Hole Wizard/Toolbox database was to update it in place. It updated your Hole Wizard/Toolbox database to work with that version and left the older 2019 install without a correct version database to use. You would either need to reinstall 2019 to have it generate a new Hole Wizard/Toolbox database or copy the 2019 database from another machine to use on this one then repoint SOLIDWORKS 2019 to it under 'Tools', 'Options', 'System Options', 'Hole Wizard/Toolbox'.
Do you have SW2020 installed (that requires version 23)? The location you are showing in your screen shot is the normal location unless you have SW2020 then you must find the corresponding SolidWorks Data folder. Look for SolidWorks Data(2)
Yes I have SWX2020 installed.
I have two versions installed 2019 and 2020. I am planing to install 2018v as well.
You need to use different folders for each version.
SOLIDWORKS Corp 2018
SOLIDWORKS Corp 2019
SOLIDWORKS Corp 2020
C:\SOLIDWORKS Data 2018
C:\SOLIDWORKS Data 2019
C:\SOLIDWORKS Data 2020
Third, your models:
I keep all template, standard, Favorite, material, setting, macro etc in each folder.
_SW Data 2018
_SW Data 2019
_SW Data 2020
I use _ to keep them on top of the folder.
Also a Hardware library.
Keep folder name short.
Forth, temp folder:
C:\SOLIDWORKS Temp 2018
C:\SOLIDWORKS Temp 2019
C:\SOLIDWORKS Temp 2020
For every new version, install to new "year" 2021 folder.
Search and replace the year in File Location.
Create new the Jobs folder. Copy _SW Data and Hardware.
I used to follow this video to install multiple version. What do you think?
Three Minute Thursday: Installing Multiple Versions of SOLIDWORKS on the Same Machine
Yes, that will work.
Since I made some changes to Toolbox, I copy the C:\SOLIDWORKS Data 2018 to C:\SOLIDWORKS Data 2019.
When install, I choice Update in Toolbox and pick the correct folder.
My licence is for standard version. Therefore I can forgo Toolbox need.
Hole Wizard install in Toolbox folder.
Here is what happened:
I opened a model provided on a website (Tiwan), this model was a SolidWorks 2018 file. There was no format offered, so I opened the file and “future version’ file was shown, and I saved that model as a parasolid (.x_t). Unbeknownst to me, the SolidWorks program must have seen that type of action as a 2018 upgrade or failed install.
So after I started up my SolidWorks 2017 I got this nag screen message. Since I was under the gun to get the job started I plowed ahead. I soon discovered that without this hole database the parametricity aspect of the program is crippled. I could not take the time or effort to do a complete “from scratch” reinstall of the program. This was a disaster – extremely stressful!! (See fig. 1)
After a weekend of stress, searching the web blogs and “how to” websites, I had an “AhHa” moment.
I went to the place in our company’s network where the database is stored, and found a file named “SWBrowser.sldedb” with the date 9/24/2020, and another “swbrowser.sldedbold” with a date of 1/25/2017 (see below). I moved the file dated 9/24 to a place that SolidWorks could not find it. I then renamed the 9/24 dated file; removing “old” from the extension. THAT WORKED!!
The clue: the .txt file indicated that the .sldedb file existed.
If I had followed the advice all of the “experts” and reinstalled my 2017 SolidWorks, I would have wasted 2 to 3 days to get back to where I was at the start of all this. (see fig. 2)
I hope this will help anyone that had the same or similar event happen to them.
Thinks for sharing it back to the community.
Fred Ansaldi wrote: If I had followed the advice all of the “experts” and reinstalled my 2017 SolidWorks, I would have wasted 2 to 3 days to get back to where I was at the start of all this. (see fig. 2)
Fred Ansaldi wrote:
Now you're the "expert".
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