says solidworks 2014 does not work on windows xp so it wont install and im runing windows 8.1
You can try copying the DVD content to your C:\ drive
not 8.1........buy an OEM Win7 for more stability and user friendliness.
Which SW service pack are you using? Win 8.1 is only supported from SW14 SP1, not SP0.
Similarly are you on Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise? As the Home versions of MS OSs are not supported either.
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