Hello, I recently went from Windows XP to a newer OS, I have a backup of the solidworks 2005 on a harddrive as a .bkf file. Is there a way to get it on my new OS from the backup? because i would not like to Buy a newer version for more money.
You might be able to install XP along with new OS (something like bootcamp Or may be a virtual drive). Other than this I don't think there is any other way.
No, a backup won't help you because in order for Solidworks to function, it needs a ton of entries in the registry. Restoring from a backup cannot create those entries, only running a new installation will do it.
You could try running Solidworks 2005 in Windows XP Mode (virtual machine), but there are problems with this approach. XP mode is very slow and buggy and is unsupported, so it has the same security problems as Windows XP.
Thank you for the response. But I don't have a reinstallation disc or serial numbe, as the computer was given to me from a different person. If he doesn't have the disc anymore, how am I supposed to get my product? I would not want to lose a solidworks program
The SolidWorks license is non-transferable except as part of the complete transfer of one company's assets to another.
Why don't you look into getting a Student Edition? It's not very expensive and it includes all of the add-ons and documentation and it's based on 2014 instead of a 10 year-old release.
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