SW2015 SP2.0 premium with simulation, PDMW and Photoview
Win7 enterprise, 64 bit, 4Gb RAM , 5.9 on the Windows Experience rating.
Should I ask my boss for a new Laptop?
How old is it, and when was it last reformatted? What's the state of the Hard Drive?
Maybe 4 years old.
Never been reformatted but has been defragged from time to time. IIRC I defragged it before uninstalling 2014 and installing 2015. I've never reformatted a hard drive in my life, is this a recommendation for getting SW to work right?
Hard drive is fine.
The reason I ask is that with 2014 I don't recall being able to go for a coffee, check my mails and review my stocks and shares between booting up SW and starting work.
4G is on the low side but that boot time is still very slow. I suspect something else is interfering with the process. Have you run SolidWorks Rx? It may identify something. Either way, if it takes that long constantly, it would not take long to economically justify a new machine.
Just run SWRx, without SolidWorks running and get the following (why doesn't that window expand to full screen? surely it wouldn't be difficult).
It tells me "A process sldworks.exe is currently running, if a SOLIDWORKS session is not active; kill this process using the Task Manager.". As you can see though, task manager doesn't show this program running....
Just for curiousity, see what the time is with as much of the other things (outlook, etc) turned off. This could focus the problem possibly.
Also, was the time you shared happening when opening SW with a particular file or just opening SW itself? One more thing, is this your normal time or an isolated case?
4GB of RAM isn't enough in 2015. That's just about enough to run Windows 7 without pulling your hair out. I don't know what most of your specs are, but you need more RAM at minimum. An SSD would help, too, if you are working on your local drive.
If you see a database error when you use the hole wizard, it's because you don't have enough RAM.
I just timed my computer at 4 seconds to open SW 2014. My home computer is 6 years old. It opens SW 2015 in a few seconds.
Definitely agree with SSD. I recently swapped and I can boot into Windows 10 in about 5-10 seconds (that's from full shut down, not hibernate)
One thing to try is starting SLDWORKS.exe directly from program files. The normal shortcut is subtly different in that it checks for updates (via the web if standalone or the image if installed from an admin image) I've had a couple of cases where a users network caused this to be slow, you could then try to diagnose the issue further atleast.
Other than what has already been suggested i would make sure all add ins are turned off under tools-> add Ins and then if that solves it turn them back on one by one to narrow down the problem.
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