I have read a few threads where users have had the current and previous revisions of SW installed on the same machine. Without completely numbing my mind with the EULA, can anyone tell me what the restrictions might be for multiple installs?
There are no restrictions as far as the EULA and you can switch back and forth between the versions with nothing to do other than close and open.
My understanding is if you have one license, you should only have 1 instance of solidworks open (regardless of which version it is). For my stand alone license, I have to transfer the license it to whichever version I want to use. The intent is to not have more instances of SolidWorks running than you have licenses. If you have multiple networks licenses available, you might be able to have multiple instances of SolidWorks running. I don't use a network license, so I would check with your VAR.
I think one of the biggest ones would be the registry. First one in gets the setting.
I have seen all too often where the registry can screw with the functionality of later installs.
Good point Scott. You could use a virtual machine to run other versions without messing with the registry of the original install.
Yes indeed. I used to work for a place where when we beta tested a new version (and it was always me that did it)
my machine would be cleaned off completely and reinstalled every 8mo to a year.
Is this why a different version year of SolidWorks always seems to point to the weldment profile folder of the first installation of solidworks?
So what exactly you are trying to do? There is no restrictions on which versions you can have installed, most engineering offices usually have 3 different versions installed so they can better provide services for different customers. As you know some companies can be locked to some version because of lack of support in PLM or PDM systems and files are not opening at the customers side if the designs have been done with more recent releases. This of cource is limited in way that you are actually paying for subscription and loading the versions from SW sites instead of loading new installation media from some pirate site.
Would be hard to get multiple SolidWorkses installed with different serials, but that is not your goal?
I used to have more than one install on a machine but when writing code in VBA the code would load the latest references. So when I had both 2009 and 2010 on my machine I would write code with 2009 open then put the macro on the network but the engineers that were on 2009 could not use it because the macro had 2010 references.
On my work laptop, I have 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 installed. On my work desktop I only have 2012 installed because it was a new clean machine and I was already working in 2012.
We don't use toolbox so that's not an issue with us. I always install the SW to a folder called SolidWorks2012 or whatever. Same thing with each version of the data file.
If I want to try something in an earlier version I don't have to transfer any licenses. At the time of installing a version I just activate it normally and all is fine. It's the same machine so the activation doesn't care what versions I am activating - just how many different machines I am trying to activate on.
When installing multiple versions of SolidWorks remember to label the install folders with the year, for example SolidWorks 2011 instead of the default SolidWorks(2). This makes it a lot easier to remember where everything is installed. The same is true if you use the toolbox. Label it with year instead of the default which will just once again put a number count on the folder(3).
Thanks everyone for the replies. What I would like to do is re-install SW2007 (or perhaps it was 06) that still had MoldFlowExpress. I can save my parts out as STEP or iges or whatever and import to SW07 and run the analysis.
Something interesting - I have been in a meeting for the last hour and a half and when I pulled up this thread it showed that there was a correct answer already selected. We have an open office space and nobody touches my PC so it didn't happen here. I'll put it down to the MI vibe....
the forum is just smart enough to know where to give points now
Hello all, first time poster here. Not sure I'm on the correct forum but this is the closest to my problem i have found.
Here is the problem: I have 2011 student edition (from disc) with all the bells and whistles installed on my laptop. I have projects where i download stl files, etc. and import them using feature recognition. The school has upgraded to 2012/2013, so i download the 1 year free version to my laptop (different serial number) which does not come with feature recognition, etc.. I have tried installing 2011/2012 and then 2012/2013, and also vice versa. I have tried labeling the folders differently. I have tried using the same serial number. I really need both with different codes. Am i able to have a network licence on my laptop to have both? Where would i get the serial # for that? Or am i barking up the wrong tree?
Any help would be great,
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