I am about to build a new system, and was wondering if SW 2009 would intall/work fine on a Windows 7 OS.
Anybody has experience about this? You think I will face any problems?
We are running it now with about 12 seats, and I can tell you we have had issues.
Most have to do with graphics. I had a hard time finding the proper graphics driver for our setups (Dell Precisions of various models, along with Quadro 1400/1700/1800/3500).
We are running Windows 7 X64, and they don't list a driver on the Solidworks website for ANY combination of 2009 with Win7.
So what I did was use the driver that showed up most common for 2010 Win7x64 (9100). That seems to work ok.
We've had some crashes along the way, more than we had before with XP32 and 2009. A bunch have been revloving around simply closing files, then crash.
What we gained though, that has more than made up for it, was the 64 bit along with more ram that allowed us to work much faster and less headache with some large assemblies/simulations/translations we were dealing with.
Can anyone tell me what it is about SW2010 that makes it compatible with Windows 7? I'm basically on the edge of changing us over, but I'd rather wait till SP3 (end of April?).
If I hear that if you're running Win7, go to 2010 right now, I think I'll go for it.
Thanks for the feedback. I had been using Quadro fx1400 until about 6 months ago (with Vista64), and upgraded to Ati Firepro v5700, and almost all of my problems went away. There is something about this series of Quadros that is not compatible with SW.
I would like to upgrade to SW 2010, but I do not know if they purchased subscription service when they bought SW last year. So, I do not know if upgrade is possible. Now we need a new workstation at the new place, and I know SW 2009 works fine with Vista, but I guess they do not sell Vista anymore, at least I didn't see it on newegg.com.
What driver are you using for the card with 3500 in it? I have a dell 690 with a 3500 card and 2009 works ok except I get screen refresh issues. The grapic window will crash and I can't see the part I am working on. I can see other files fine until those crash as well. It also happens on 2010.
I have the 191.87_Quadro_win7_winvista_64bit_english_whql.exe driver installed on the 3500 machines, but we've moved on to SW 2010 now.
Have you had problems with 2010 ? I have problems with 2010 after opening 11 parts. The 12 part will open but then I scroll in to zoom the window doe not refresh till I rate the view. Also the back ground will go black again. It works fine if I keep the number of parts to about 11 or under.
Joe, What video card do you have in your system?
I have a dell 690 with Quadro FX3500, 8 gigs of memory and 2 xeon 5160 processors (2 dual cores, 4 cores total).
I was having lots of issues with 09, which I'm aware that its not supported under Win7.
The issue with the graphics not updating happens in 2010 as well.
I'm using one of the 2 approved drivers for use with "any system" with win7 from the SW site.
Dell 690 with win7 does not appear.
I take it you should be able to open more than 11 files?
With that video card I would expect you should be able to open more then 12 files.
Although I have to ask why you need that many files open at the same time? I never quite understood why people keep tons of files open in SW. At most I have 3 or 4 files open. A part and its assembly and maybe the drawings if I am working on them.
I never have issues with SW. SW not having to keep track of bunches of open files keep things much more stable in my opinion.
I'm going to see if I can get Dell to send another card for testing. I hoping its the card not the OS (not certified OS for Dell on this machine).
I usually like to keep alot of the parts open to revise them. Sometimes I find it easier to revise the part outside of the assembly.
Its stable when I keep themuber of files that are open down.
I finally got to this card to be able to open more than 12 files. I am using a vista driver supplied from the Dell website (126.96.36.19955), even though its not listed on the Solidworks site it seems to work fine. After reading through the fine print, my system is not supported from dell for Win 7 and the card is from dell, the drivers that came up for win 7/vista fx 3500 plus any computer would not work. Dell has drivers for Vista and thats what ended up using. Any way thanks for all the replies here.
I am trying to install 2009 on win7 via downloading 2009 5.1 through installation manager-
It stops install and says WIn7 os not supported. How did you guys install. This is a new installation-
We installed directly from DVD; SP2.1 As far as I know, that is the latest SP compatible for SW2009...someone will correct me if I'm incorrect
Thanks for the Driver info. I'll give that a try-
Thanks for that comment as well. I've got 2009. 5.1 running now. I was able to locate a DVD to install from and then updated from the download to 5.1.
Am I correct in assuming you are running SW 2009 x32 (rather than 64bit)?
I'm running win7 64 bit.
SW 2009 SP 4.1 is the latest that will install on Win7 X64. There are issues with video, as explained before. The only real annoying thing is that when we are editing sketches in an assembly, the drawing window flickers while zooming. Its not that big a deal, really.
I had a play with that the other day, Win7 64 bit and SW2009 64 bit on my Precision M4300.
It all installed fine, but somethings were a little strange. I had no realview button (not even greyed out). I think I used the vista graphics driver.
It was only a trial to see if it would work, I have it saved as a HDD image somewhere incase I need it again but for now I'm back on XP 32 bit.
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