I have the 2006 Solidworks - works fine but anyone know how to stop it from trying to [re] install every time I hit a sirectory which has a S.W>'s file?
That is pretty bizzare!!!
First question I have is are you not able to upgrade to a newer version?
Are there other pervious versions loaded on this machine?
No, an upgrade is not in my budget.
This  version is all I need for dabbling and simple drawings (previous ACAD user).
It's weird. The S/W works fine but keeps trying to install when I open it (after shutdown) or go to a directory which has a Solidwaorks drawing file. I can cancel out of the install attempts and the program works fine. It's just annoying as heck
I would strongly suggest you uninstall your Solidworks, clean out the registry
and do a fresh install.
I have a document that shows you how to clean out the registry if you want.
I suspect you have or had a previous version on that system and the settings from that install
are messing with this one.
Did this just start happening or did something happen that you can put your finger on that
Maybe you're right.
A while back I had a PC crash and S.Wrks wouldn't open. I simply installed it again and it works... BUT, as I said it keeps trying to re-install.
Maybe I should unistall and clean it out completely.
Can you send the directions file on this?
Sure, I will email it to you.
Yeah based on what you said it sounds as though something isn't quite set right.
Thanks for all your help but, alas, it didn't work.
I uninstalled SWorks, then deleted all the registry files as noted, AND, just went loco and searched and destroyed ANY Sworks reference or line.
Rebooted, then install fresh. Install went smoothly BUT, when I fire the program it now goes into and endless loop of "Please wait while Windows configures Solidworks 2006 SPO" If I click cancel, the program pops up and works beautifully. BUT, when I search (and find) one of my files, bingo, Windows tries to install again. Again, if I click cancel, everything works fine. Oh well, I guess it's a nuisance I'll just have to live with on an older x86 machine running XP home. I'm definitely NOT going back to ACAD under ANY circumstances for multiple reasons I could state but this forum has some prohibition about profanity I believe.
Stephen, any chance if you get the service packs for SW2006 (upgrading to latest service pack of SW2006 may help)
I can not get to service pack downloads (no account).
It's OK, I disabled Windows insataller and it helped a little.
I rarely use the program so I will have to put up with the install attempts.
All I do is hit cancel and the program works fine. A nuisance but so be it.
Stephen what kind of application or products you design or use SolidWorks for.
laser+optics based modules for DoD, semi and biomedical applications
Any chance if you can get upgraded to a upper version.
Well, I don't think so. This would be an expense which is not in my budget for now.
I'll upgrade later. For now, just clicking out of the install atall attempts will have to be a bearable nuisance.
Welcome to SW forums Stephen.
What that directory actually is? I would suggest you uninstall and reinstall the software one again provided you have the serial number and reg code or license file documented or stored a copy in safe place
Program resides in Program Files dir. I did do an un, and reinstall... same thing happens.
The program works fine actually. The problem is, after a shutdown and opening program, OR even if I go to a directory where there is a S.Wks file, it tries to install. I can canel-click out and the program runs great. It's just the install attempts are annoying.
Scott said an old install might be messing with it.
I had a PC crash a while back and S.Works didn't work so I just reinstalled. It works now but this pesky reinstall attempts is driving me nuts.
Scott said he has a file on directions to completely uninstall, clean up registry then reinstall.
I'll wait for his (file) directions and try it.
I've read the posts and agree with everything suggested so far. I had the same problem, could not find an answer, and finally bought a new computer. Since then, I have learned that there are a lot of things running on your computer that you may not know about. One of these is Windows Installer. I don't know how it would affect the installation of new programs, but it's worth a try to turn it off. Go to the Start Menu (bottom of your screen), Select Run, and type in msconfig. Go to the Services Tab and uncheck Windows Installer. Then hit apply and ok to exit.
Another suggestion that I have found to be a problem sometimes is relying on double clicking a file (SW) to open it. Sometimes if your file associations for the SolidWorks formatas (.sldprt, .sldasm, .slddrw) are not set to open with SolidWorks, it causes the same problem. So make sure the Operating System knows that these file formats are to be opened by Solidworks.
Finally, I had to get in the habit of first opening SolidWorks, then using "File/Open" to open the file instead of browsing to a folder and selecting the file as it should be.
None of these may work, and you may have to actually reload the Operating System (Windows XP) to get the glitch out. This is a lot of trouble, but still better than buying a new computer to get away from the problem. We always think it is SolidWorks causing the problems, but often the OS gets indigestion as well. I assume you are doing your System Cleanup and defragmentations on a regular basis. If not, you need to start. I found that when my old system got to where it only had about 20% of the memory left, all sorts of bad things started to happen. When things start slowing down, check your Windows Task Manager on the Applications Tab and see what is running. Sometimes this is the best way to kill the pesky programs that you don't even know are running and using up your resources.
Hope this helps. If not, at least you know you are not the only one who has had the problem.
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Good advise Mickey,
Very insightful reading your posting. I personally have never encountered what your
speaking to, but nice to know for the future. Thank you for sharing that.
I think 2006 was when "disection" was introduced as a misguided way to encourage reusing features in other models. If it is turned on, some strange things occur depending on what the settings are.
make sure under the help menu dropdown that if you click "check for updates" that you do not have check for updates checked. It may go through checking first, dont fret it will eventually stop, then you will see a check for updates every x days box, if it is clicked, deselect that and see if that helps at all.
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