I cannot install 32 bit SOLIDWORKS on my 64 bit computer!

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Due to architecture changes in the 64 bit window 7 machines, you are no longer able to install 32 bit SOLIDWORKS on a 64 bit machine.  The installation manager will not allow you to even attempt the install. This is only possible with Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system. The 32-bit version of SOLIDWORKS cannot be installed on the 64-bit versions of Vista or Windows 7; the 32-bit Installation Manager blocks the ability to do so with these versions. […]

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Windows 7 SP1 and SolidWorks

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In case you were wondering “Is SOLIDWORKS tested and certified for Windows 7 Service Pack 1?”, I have the answer below, which is Solution S-054436 from the Knowledge Base: Windows 7 SP1 was recently released by Microsoft®. Due to an unfortunate timing coincidence, SOLIDWORKS is not able to officially qualify Windows 7 SP1 for use with SOLIDWORKS 2011 SP03. If using SOLIDWORKS 2011 SP03 or earlier, please test Windows 7 SP1 in an environment (network, PDM, add-ins, graphics cards/drivers, anti-virus, […]

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View Your Windows 7 Reliability/Stability History

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If we worked in the restaurant industry and you asked me how to increase reliability, I would say that’s easy – make the burger on my plate look like the burger on the commercial. In the computer world, however, it’s more like – prevent messages from popping up on my screen that announce that something ‘has stopped working and now needs to shut down’. Windows 7 actually provides a tool to monitor your computer’s reliability. It keeps track of Application Failures, Windows Failures, […]

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Windows 7 Tips and Tricks for Engineers

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If you’re lucky – unlike me. You’ve been using Windows 7 for a while now. SOLIDWORKS has posted some great tips showing how to make an engineer’s life easier using Windows 7. http://files.solidworks.com/Screencasts/ENG/Windows7.html Don’t cry for me. They tell me I’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 3.11 sometime next quarter. (I hear they finally got Winsock support working correctly in this version. I am quite excited.)

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