SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing has been one of the great features of more recent releases – being able to simply fire up a SOLIDWORKS session on any of your computers without having to remember to deactivate and reactivate licenses has been a godsend for many who do office, shop, and field work.
Life, though, often has other plans. Some of us have multiple SOLIDWORKS IDs and in converting to an online license we forget to log out of the mismatched account with no way to get back in. Sometimes, we get a new error message “Online License Transaction Failed, please check your internet connection.”
What to do? There can be some musical-chairs-ing with the SOLIDWORKS CAD Admin Portal, but that’s a little involved and may need another person to help out. Thankfully there is one easy step to remedy this kind of problem:
Close out of all instances of SOLIDWORKS and delete the file called “ud.xml” from the following directory: C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\Local\SolidWorks\Credentials
Give your computer a reboot and that’s it – that is where SOLIDWORKS stores your login credentials. At next startup, you’ll be prompted to re-enter your credentials and you’ll be able to get started.
If this solution fails to solve it, there is one more option to try: FLEXnet is the license verification technology for SOLIDWORKS (among other softwares). Navigating to the FLEXnet folder – located by default in C:\ProgramData – and renaming the FLEXnet folder to FLEXnet_old will force a credential update:
If these don’t do the trick, get in touch with us for technical support. We’re available 12 hours a day(7 AM-7 PM Central) by phone, chat, or email and happy to get you sorted out and back to modeling!
SOLIDWORKS Application Engineer
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.