SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part1 – Individual Installation

Now that SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP0.0 has been officially released, we get a lot of phone calls to Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI) Technical Support about installation issues. In this blog series, we will try and cover the basics to get you up and running and efficiently as possible. Part 1 will cover downloading and installing an individual installation of SOLIDWORKS 2015. We will then delve into SolidNetwork License Installations in Part 2, including common gotchyas like needing to update the license file with modify and creating port exclusions in the Windows firewall. The SOLIDWORKS Electrical Installation will be considered in Part 3, which will include specific issues for electrical installs and server issues. Finally, Part 4 will cover SOLIDWORKS Composer, SOLIDWORKS Plastics, and Simulation.

Please note that we 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.

There are several things to keep in mind before you jump in and start installing the latest version.

1. Is your OS supported? Windows 7 64-bit SP1, Windows 8 64-bit, and Windows 8.1 64-bit ONLY!!! SOLIDWORKS 2014 was the last release that supports 32-bit operating systems. SOLIDWORKS 2015 and later will NOT install on 32-bit operating systems. Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported. Apple Macintosh® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported.

2. Have you updated your graphics card driver yet? Click here for a list of the latest certified drivers.

You can also go to Start, All Programs, SOLIDWORKS 2015, SOLIDWORKS Tools, SOLIDWORKS Rx. On the Diagnostics tab, view the system information and see if it is currently supported.

3. Are you on a network license? Has your network server been upgraded to 2015 yet? Is your server OS supported? Check all the system requirements here.

4. Is your company and are your clients ready for 2015? Don't upgrade your machine and expect everybody else will be ready to as well. Plan it out.

5. Are you doing a clean wipe and a new single version install or installing side by side with your old version?

6. Are you creating an admin image or has your company installed your current version with an admin image?

7. Are you sharing a SOLIDWORKS Toolbox or are you creating a new local version? If it is shared you may have issues with your update as other users inside the toolbox can cause install updates to fail.

8. Are you backed up? Do you have backups of your system settings using Copy settings Wizard? Are your toolboxes and or vaults backed up?

9. Do you have admin rights? Is your anti-virus shut off? Is UAC turned off? If you don't know the answers, maybe you should consult with your IT.

10. This may sound silly but… TEST IT before you install everywhere else. Make sure you can use all of your basic daily functions and programs along with SOLIDWORKS 2015. If you can't, then don't move all the machines forward. Again plan it.

11. Make sure there are available versions of Composer, EPDM, and/or CAM packages to work with the new version. Don't get stuck not being able to work.

Download and Install SOLIDWORKS 2015 #sw2015

Go to At the top of the page is the Login link.


Under SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal, click the Log in button.


Sign in to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal using your email address and password. If you do not have an account, click the link to create an account.


If you have all the locks showing up once you are logged in, click the Register My Products link. Here's a detailed blog article for more detail: How to Remove the Locks in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal.

Once you are logged in and have access to all the links, click on Downloads and Updates under the Download section.


On the Downloads page, make sure that 2015 is the Selected Version. Then, click on the SOLIDWORKS link.


Click Accept Agreement & Continue.


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


At the bottom of the screen, Internet Explorer prompts you to Run or Save. Please click on the arrow next to Save and pick Save As.


Pick a location and save the file. Once the file is downloaded, Run the file or browse to the downloaded SolidWorksSetup.exe file and double click on the file. 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. For an Individual installation, click Next.

Note: There is an option to Download only. If you have more than one seat of SOLIDWORKS 2015 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 2015 client.

Once your serial number(s) is entered, click Next.


In the following images, we will proceed as if we are installing next to a previous install. Select Create a new installation of SOLIDWORKS 2015 and click Next.


The first item on the Summary page is the option to select which Products you want to install.


The Download Options gives you the choice to Download and install, Download only, or Install only. I already have all the installation files needed. You can choose to download and install in the same operation or download separately then install. I prefer to do the download separately.


Returning to the summary, I recommend changing the install locations. You can use the default location, but 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 Corp (2) or SOLIDWORKS Corp (3) etc. So, I always recommend naming the installation folder according to the version number.

Simply click Change. Click Browse. Manually type in the folder name "SOLIDWORKS 2015" and click OK.


A dialog box will appear because this folder does not exist yet. Click Yes to allow the folder to be created.


The install location is now updated. Click Back to Summary.


I also recommend doing the same thing for the Toolbox installation location for a new Toolbox installation.

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. Please note the download size. This is NOT a small download! NOTE: If you chose to Download only, then you will have to launch the setup.exe from your download location once the download is complete.


Once the SOLIDWORKS 2015 installation 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 2015.  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. All of these articles will be stored in the category of Daily Dose…..of SOLIDWORKS Support and links to each article with their release date are listed below:

Neil Bucalo, CSWP, CSWS-MD
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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