Solidworks - Student Engineering Kit (SEK)

Solidworks SEK is a full-version for student-owned computer and laptops



Solidworks Student Engineering Kit is available to HSSOE students at no cost. 

Solidworks Tutorials and Training

Visit MySolidworks for "All Things Solidworks" including tutorials, training, CSWA & CSWP prep, and user forums.

Solidworks Training

Vouchers for CSWA and CSWP exams

What is included with our campus license?

1) The Solidworks SEK Software

2) Training via MySolidWorks for Students ($360 value per student)

3) Certification Exams - Your instructor or Lisa Preble ( can provide you with a voucher

Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate Academic

Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Academic

Certified SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator is provided when you complete: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate Exam, and the Technology Educator Competency Exam

Academic certifications changes:

a) Post-secondary institutions are not required to proctor certification exams.

b) Faculty can now request exam vouchers:


Download Solidworks SEK

STEP 1 - Open the following links:

Use your UCI Google Apps account to view SEK-ID.

STEP 2  - Go to download site and fill-in Student Access Form:

STEP 3- Download Software

Solidworks Prerequisites:

Before proceeding with your Solidworks installation, please do the following:

                 5. If you wish to move your un-expired license to a new computer, please be sure to transfer your license before uninstalling the software. 

Solidworks installation 

3) Solidworks Installation manager will start.

4) Check the box for: "3D Design

5) On Summary screen click Change next to Products.

6)  IMPORTANT!!  Do not install Solidworks Electrical

7)  Click Change for Download Options

8) Select the option to Download Only. 

9) Verify options, accept license agreement, click Download Now.

10) You will see a confirmation when the download is complete

11) Find the download,

12)  Repeat steps 3 -6 above

13) Verify installation locations of files

14) Verify the options you selected and click Install Only

15) When you first launch Solidworks, you'll be asked to Activate the software. Activate it over the internet.


You need to activate Solidworks on your first use.

Select the option to activate over the internet.  ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS and then click next.

Installation Troubleshooting

1) Install the latest Microsoft .Net Framework.

2) Choose the option to "Download Only'.

3) The Solidworks installation screen is blank

4)   Solidworks installation gives an error "A Windows reboot is pending from a previous installation".

5) The Solidworks installation doesn't complete. There's a SQL error.


Solidworks Electrical requires Microsoft SQL Server as an prerequisite but installation often fails.

Please make sure that Electrical is de-selected on ALL installation screens. This means BOTH the Summary screen and the following Product Selection screen.

Note, when you de-select Electrical from the Summary Screen you need to verify products on the following screen because by default Electrical does not automatically uncheck in Product Selection. This is annoying and a constant source of frustration. The reseller has not made this correction in their installer.

6) I need to use Electrical.  How to I install it?  There's a SQL error.

8) How to uninstall Solidworks


9)  The serial number is wrong

10) There's an installation issue and you can't find a solution.

Here's my Solidworks installation troubleshooting checklist. 

11)  Solidworks isn't running right.

12) How to uninstall Solidworks


Solidworks Serial & Activation Issues

1) You see an error the Student Version has expired.

2) How to Renew the SEK version without updating the software:

Solidworks installation for Students- How to update the license key

3) How many installations can I have with the SEK version?  

From Solidwroks SEK FAQ:

4)  I want to move the license to a different computer. How do I deactivate/activate a license.

Follow the steps below for deactivating a SOLIDWORKS license:

5)  I need to de-activate Solidworks but the hard drive is broken

 Your options are

How to uninstall Solidworks

1) Go to Windows Settings, Apps & Features, Solidworks, click on Uninstall

2)  Go to Advanced, click Change

3)  Select the option to delete Registry items and program files.  (BACK UP YOUR DATA). Go Back to Summary.


5) Consider something like CCleaner to do further cleanup and removal.

Solidworks PDM Standard

Solidworks PDM Standard is included with the SEK license for Students.

Please refer to the following pages:

Other file management options:

About SolidWorks

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