I'm retired and only use my swx package ocassionally, so I don't renew my maintenance
every year. While not on maintenance, can I safely move the software to a new machine (and uninstalling
from the old PC) ?
You do not need to be on maintanance to move or activate a SolidWorks license. Your license for your software is good forever.
On your old computer open SolidWorks and go to Help > Transfer Licenses. Transfer the license back to SolidWorks to de-activate your old computer.
On your new computer after you install SolidWorks you will be asked to activate your software. Follow the prompts and re-activate your license on the new computer.
I started set up of the new computer, and I thought of another related question. The old pc was 32 bit and the new one is 64bit win7.
I saved the service pack files from when I first loaded the old machine, but I was wondering if you might know if these files are specific regarding a 32 vs 64 bit installation.
Also, I was just reading up on some older related threads, and it sounded to me like service packs will not apply at all while not on maintenance. Do you think that is true?
You need to have the x64 bit download to install on your new computer. The x32 download will not install.
You need to be on maintenance to get service packs. I do believe you may be entitled to the SP's that were published at the time you went off maintenance. But I am not 100% sure about that.
If you can't download what you need (x64 package) you will need to get with your reseller to help you get what you are entitled to before you went off maintenance.
Hi Anna, your advice so far has been on the mark. I transferred the license from old to new PC and first installed swx 2010 64bit from the DVD, seemingly successfully.
My reseller made available the service pack archive, which I downloaded and extracted to a folder on the new computer (about 1.46 GB).
When I launched setup.exe, it kept trying to do the update from solidworks, which was refused for not being on subscription.
There didn't seem to be any way to make it use local files. Also tried launching sldim.exe and I just get a blank Installation Manager window, and nothing happens.
Any (more) ideas?
Thanks in advance.
Talk to your reseller. They should be able to help you through the issues.
They allowed me to download (from the VAR server) the file set that represented the full installation DVD for the SP that was in effect when my subscription ended. 32 bit vs 64 bit is also chosen at this point.
This download does the complete install just as though you had the DVD, not just the SP updates.
You may need further assistance from your VAR, though. In my case, there was
some corruption in some of their files, and it resulted in a VAR tech support person doing
a remote session on my computer and doing some repairs on compiler programs, etc, that
do the local installation. I'm not sure of the cause of the file problems, perhaps the files
on the VAR server were corrupt, or they didn't download correctly.
Anyway, thanks for your help
Excellent.... Glad to hear you got it sorted out.
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