We are comtemplating upgrading our OS from Windows XP 64 bit to Windows 7 64 bit and wonder what will be involved with this exercise.
Will SolidWorks (2010 sp4) need to be uninstalled/reinstalled?
What is the best way to do this?
I could be wrong and if I am I hope someone will correct me, but I recall hearing that you cannot just update from xp to win7. From what I know it has to be a fresh install. This would require either formatting the drive / using a new drive, or setting up a dual-boot.
updating from XP to W7 requires what MicroSoft calls a clean install, pop the W7 disc in and reboot, as part of the clean install your disc will be reformatted
I had two hard drives in my computer, one was basically my data drive, the other contained the OS (XP) and some applications, this is the disc I installed W7 on and is the disc that was reformatted, the other disc was left alone. You will have to reinstall software when you upgrade from XP to 7
the best thing to do is refer to MicroSoft website, upgrading from Vista does not require a clean install, although some may opt to do that
updating from 32 bit to 64 also requires a clean install, whether that is from XP32, Vista32, or W7 32 to W7 64
Just a friendly warning. SW2010 is incompatible with VPN networks on operating systems other than XP. (see https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/28173) If you don't work through a VPN then nevermind.
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