How do I update my Home Use License (HUL) for all of the service packs? Because when I go to do the update SOLIDWORKS will not let me. If you have a network license you also have the ability as per the SOLIDWORKS license agreement (Please take time to read) to install 1 additional Home Use License per seat that is the lowest level of software you have in your package. Let me explain. If you have 2 seats of Premium and seat of Professional and then 5 seats of SOLIDWORKS Core, you will get a serial number that entitles you to install 8 seats of SOLIDWORKS Core on your home computers. Read the license agreement for further explanation of the legalities of all that.
Getting back to the solution of updating the HUL serial numbers. From the XP OS you’ll want to go to the Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs and hit the change button at the SOLIDWORKS installation.
From the Windows 7 OS, its a little different looking. Navigate to the Control Panel or God Mode. You’ll need to get to Programs and Features and right click on SOLIDWORKS and hit ‘Change.’ I would show a picture here from the Microsoft Snipping Tool (which is cool by the way!) But I do not have access to this OS as of this article.
When you hit the change menu SOLIDWORKS will launch the Installation Manager and then do its normal checks and start up. You will be modifying the existing installation and the next screen will be the serial number screen. At this screen you will change your number to the Network license number and then get your updates to whatever service pack you will be going to. As of right now the current service pack for 2010 is SP 2.1. It might ask for the original installation files which were on the disk (sp 0.0) so have that handy as well.
After you run your updates you will need to repeat the process to once again change your serial number back to the HUL number and continue on. Hope this helps!