Are service packs free updates? Also, what are Solidworks 2021 Beta3, etc?
Are service packs free updates?
Yes they are free till you are on subscription.
Also, what are Solidworks 2021 Beta3, etc?
Each year SW team runs a beta contest before releasing the next version for public use. The participation is free and of course there are prizes too. More details here https://www.solidworks.com/beta/
So beta 1, 2, 3 etc. are the service pack for beta version.
yes. If your subscription is still active, you can download, install and use the SPs without additional fees.
Same for SWX 2021. Please do not use Beta or PreRelease version for your commercial usage!
Thank you very much!
Log in to your Customer Portal (https://customerportal.solidworks.com/ ). In the upper left corner it will show your name and it will say "Subscription contract valid through mm/dd/yyyy". Any releases or service packs that are available up to that date are available for you to download and use. After that, even if you get a copy of a later SP you would not be able to install it.
I also suggest that you download the full install files for each service pack and store in a safe place. THis way if you ever decide to drop subscription you will have all service packs you are entitled to.
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