SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard Licensing Error

It was working yesterday, this morning I’m getting this error. What happened?

Error warning: “Could not obtain a license for SolidWorks Visualize standard. Invalid (inconsistent) license key. (-8, 544, 0)”.

Some users are seeing an issue when starting SOLIDWORKS. This could be caused by 2 issues that we will cover in this article.

  1. SOLIDWORKS License manager has been refreshed, this could happen around the maintenance renewal date.
  2. Your company decided not to pay maintenance.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard or Composer, depending on the SOLIDWORKS version loaded, is free to those who pay maintenance annually. SOLIDWORKS calls it a “term license”. If you do not pay maintenance you will lose access to Visualize Standard.

How to fix this issue:

Network License

  1. Select the Server Administration tab.
  2. Stop the license server.
  3. Select Modify License.
  4. Activate/Reactivate the license.

solidworks visualize standard error on network license

5. The server should start automatically.
6. Select OK to close the license server.

Standalone License

  2. Select the Help tab from the upper ribbon.

solidworks visualize standard error on standalone license

3. Select Activate license from the pull-down menu.
4. Select all or just SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

reactivating solidworks visualize standard on standalone license

5. Select next to activate the license.

Maintenance Expired

  2. Select the Tools tab from the top ribbon.
  3. Select Add-ins from the pull-down.

turning off visualize standard when solidworks maintenance has expired

4. Un-check the Active Add-ins and the Startup.
5. After unchecking the Add-ins for Visualize, the notification will stop when starting SOLIDWORKS.

Please check back to the CATI Blog as the Dedicated Support Team will continue posting 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.

Ronnie Flaugh
CATI Support Engineer
Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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