Can you try to clean SOLIDWORKS registry when you perform a re-installation?
Technical Account Manager - APAC
I was trying to do that but couldn't figure it out, so trusted CCleaner to do the job for me.
Usually these problems occur when anti-virus blocks things at the installation. I have found a similar problem in the knowledge base:
Simulation or Motion is missing from the Tools -> Add-ins menus, but all the files seem to be present in Program Files and browsing to cosworks.dll or cmotionsw.dll enables the add-ins without error. What could the problem be?
The issue is most likely due to restricted user permissions or anti-virus. The information to add the add-ins to the Tools -> Add-ins menu is stored under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT in the registry. It is possible that during the installation, the installer failed to write to these locations or that the user with restricted permissions simply does not have read access to them. An administrator or IT representative should log in with a full Administrator account, disable anti-virus completely, then uninstall and reinstall SolidWorks and Simulation and/or Motion.
So a clean install with the restrictions turned off will probably work. Restictions are the virus-scanner and user account control.
I'm in the process of uninstalling Solidworks now, I'll let you know if this works.
there was a windows update (KB 3072630) in July.
Error launching SOLIDWORKSand missing Add-ins are the consequences.
If you installed after 15th July, it is possible that the Problem is with this update.
In this case you have to proceed as following,
1. Uninstall SOLIDWORKS
2. Uninstall KB3072630
1. Open Installed Updates by clicking the Start button , clicking Control
Panel, clicking Programs, and then, under Programs and Features, clicking View
2. Select update KB3072630, and then click Uninstall. If you're prompted for an
administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide
4. Reinstall SOLIDWORKS
Important note: If KB3072630 is uninstalled before attempting to uninstall
SOLIDWORKS, the SOLIDWORKS uninstall will fail.
H. Karabiyk / SolidLine AG
I just checked and I don't have that particular update, that's probably because I'm on Windows 10 now.
Windows 10 is not really supported yet I believe. Later this year in a different service pack it will be.
I assume your classmates don't run Windows 10?
Windows 10 has the update "baked in" you will need to follow the process posted by Hakan.
You will also need to find the SLDWorks.exe in the installation folder and set the compatibility mode to Windows 8 then create a shortcut to the executable on your desktop (remove the original). Hopefully everything should then be useable.