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Solidworks & AutoCad Installation Tips


Having trouble installing Solidworks or AutoCad? Use this checklist.


Determine the version of Windows you have installed. 32-bit or 64-bit?


Make sure you activate your installation of Windows

  • Why is this important?
    • If your installation is not genuine or if it's not activated, you won't receive system updates from Microsoft.
  • Go to your system's properties
    • Click on the Start menu Windows button, right click on "Computer", select Properties.
    • Click on "Activate".
  • You should see a "Genuine Microsoft" logo when it's successful.
  • Instructions from Microsoft for Windows 7 activation.
  • Windows 8 activation is somewhat more complicated. Search around for instructions or try these

Make sure all security updates are installed.

  • Note: This is different from anti-virus updates.
  • Why is this important?
  • Sometimes system updates improving functionality are included as Security Updates.
  • To see if you have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 do this:
    • Go to System Properties
    • Under the Windows Edition, heading, look for "Service Pack 1". 
    • If it's not listed, then you need to install updates. 
  • Click on Windows Update in the lower left side of the screen.
    • Click on "Check for Updates"
  • You will have to do this several times, even after you reboot. 
  • Keep doing this until no more updates show up.
    

Install all Optional Updates

  • When you install Optional Updates, there will be some additional important security updates to install.
  • I normally do this when I first install an operating system.

Install the latest Microsoft .Net Framework.


Update your video driver.

  • This can usually be done through Windows Update. Sometimes you need to visit the manufacture website of the video card maker and download the latest driver there.
  • I once ran into a problem whereby the video card driver that came with the OS conflicted with some Windows C++ libraries. Updating the video driver fixed the problems and I re-installed AutoCad.

Do not download and install at the same time.

  •  Download first and make sure it finishes downloading without errors.  After it finishes, then click on the setup.exe file to initiate installation.

Install Microsoft 2005 C++ redist

 

Install Microsoft 2010 C++ redist


Install 3rd party software for AutoCad

  • Search for a folder called "3rd Party". 
  • These are prerequisites to install the software. 
  • Sometimes they don't install correctly but in order to troubleshoot, try installing each one to see if one of them fails. This might give you an indication why your installation is failing.

Install the latest DirectX driver from Microsoft. 


Completely uninstall software and all related components.

  • If AutoCad or Solidworks fails after several attempts and following all of the above, try the following:
    • Uninstall everything that might have been included such as viewers.
    • Look in "Uninstall Software" on Windows uninstall anything with Solidworks or AutoCad in the name.
    • Look in the system registry for anything related to AutoCad or Solidworks and delete those entries.
      • If you don't know what I mean by this, then it's probably a good idea to skip this step.
      • Otherwise, go to start - run, type in regedit. Search for AutoCad and Solidworks.
    • Use CCleaner to clean-up the registry if you do not want to use Regedit.

Don't give up. 

  • It once took me 3-4 days of troubleshooting to finally install AutoCad with success.
  • Search google and forums to get ideas.
  • If you finally decide to give up, give me a ring or send me a message. I'll try to bail you out. But I might get angry if you don't attempt some troubleshooting on your own. So please try to figure it out on your own first, then call me when you're out of ideas.