SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation


SOLIDWORKS 2019 is out and the installation support calls have begun coming into Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support. How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2019? In this blog series, we will cover the best practices so that you can get up and running with the least amount of down time.

If you do not want to worry about the upgrade process yourself, we at Computer Aided Technology (CATI) offer SOLIDWORKS Implementation Services. Built on our 20+year experience implementing CAD and engineering solutions, CATI has developed a set of proprietary implementation packages designed to help you get the most out of your investment in SolidWorks.

***NEW FOR 2019***

Following the industry and environmental trends, SOLIDWORKS 2019 will only be available via electronic distribution for customers in US, Germany, France and Italy. You will be able to request one DVD media kit per valid serial number. Once your serial number is validated below, your media kit will be shipped within 45 business days.

Download SOLIDWORKS 2019

Go to At the top right of the page is the Login icon. Click SW Customer Portal from the pull-down menu.

Sign into your account using your email address and password. If you do not have an account, click the Create a SOLIDWORKS ID button.

Once you are logged in, click on Downloads and Updates under the Download section.

On the Downloads page, make sure that 2019 is the Selected Version. Then, click on the SOLIDWORKS Products link.

Note: New to the 2019 Downloads is the SOLIDWORKS Media zip files. This is a convenient way to download the full contents of the DVD’s if you have multiple installations to do and want to just download the files once. For the installation guide, we will not be using the Media files. If you would like to use them, simply download ‘SOLIDWORKS Media (1 of 2)’ and ‘SOLIDWORKS Media (2 of 2)’ and extract both zips to the same folder. Click Yes to overwrite duplicate files when prompted. Save the combined folder to local disk, external drive, or network drive. Run setup.exe from the combined folder to start the installation when needed.

After clicking on the SOLIDWORKS Products link, read the SOLIDWORKS Download End User License Agreement and then click the Accept Agreement & Continue button.

On the Download and Install page, under Step 2, click Download.

Install SOLIDWORKS 2019

Browse to the downloaded SolidWorksSetup.exe file. To run the file, I prefer to right click on the file in Windows Explorer and select Run as administrator. This makes sure that Windows has full permissions to change any file it needs to. If you double click on the file, it may work just fine, but a lot of installation failures are due to lack of proper permissions. The file is a self-extracting zip file. So, when prompted, choose a location and Unzip the file. This will launch the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. Note: SOLIDWORKS recommends that you restart your system before beginning a SOLIDWORKS installation. You will be prompted if a pending reboot is detected.

For an Individual installation, click Next.

Note: There is an option to Download and Share all files. If you have more than one seat of SOLIDWORKS 2018 to install, this is a great time saving option.

If you have had SOLIDWORKS installed before, your serial number will already be inserted. If not, type it in now. Notice that there are a few more options here if you have other serial numbers. Note: If your serial number starts 0010 or 9010, you have a network serial number. Please be sure to upgrade the license server prior to launching the SOLIDWORKS 2019 client.

A new feature of the Installation Manager is the Log in button. If you sign in with your SOLIDWORK One Account, your administrator can assign your serial number to your account from the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal.

For this Installation Guide, manually enter in your serial number. Once your serial number(s) is entered, click Next.

The Installation Manager first performs a system check. SOLIDWORKS is checking to see if previous versions are detected. If you receive a warning, please review the warning before continuing by clicking Next.

In the following images, we will proceed as if we are installing a new installation or next to a previous install. Select Create a new installation of SOLIDWORKS 2019 and click Next. The steps are the same for a computer that has not had SOLIDWORKS installed on it before.

The first item on the Summary page is the option to select which Products you want to install. Use the CHANGE link to select what products you want to install.

By clicking CHANGE next to Download Options, you can choose to download and install in the same operation or download separately then install. SOLIDWORKS 2019 has greatly improved the download speed. So, we will just keep the default Download and install option selected.

I recommend changing the Toolbox installation location. If the Installation Manager finds a folder already created with the same name, a new folder will automatically be created. Everything will still work, but over time this can get confusing when you have SOLIDWORKS Data (2) or SOLIDWORKS Data (3) etc. So, I always recommend naming the folder according to the version number. To change the location, simply click Change next to Toolbox/Hole Wizard Options and type in the new folder name.

Note: If you are sharing a toolbox or upgrading an existing toolbox you should choose existing to upgrade the database and not lose your custom part numbers or settings. WARNING: Make sure that all users are out of Toolbox when this is being done. EPDM users will have to check out the entire toolbox. Upgraded Toolbox will not work for previous versions. Before updating Toolbox, I strongly suggest making a copy of Toolbox somewhere safe in case you need to go back for any reason.

The last step is to check I accept the terms of the SOLIDWORKS License Agreement.

You are now ready to Download and Install.

Once the install is completed, please join the SOLIDWORKS Customer Experience Improvement Program.

NOTE: Please remember that the CAD Admin Dashboard and SOLIDWORKS tracking only works if you join the Customer Experience Improvement Program. Participating will not slow down your system. SOLIDWORKS automatically creates the performance log files in the background whether you participate or not. Please make sure to opt in!! This program helps SOLIDWORKS improve product quality and determine product usage trends.

We hope this series has given you an insight on how to successfully install SOLIDWORKS 2019.  Please check back to the CATI Blog as the Dedicated Support Team will continue posting new series of articles every month that go further into the details of many of the SOLIDWORKS tools.

Neil Bucalo
CATI Support Engineer
Computer Aided Technology, LLC