Installing SOLIDWORKS on your Desktop

Step 1 – Download the Installation Manager

If you’ve recently purchase a SOLIDWORKS license or are installing your existing license onto a new machine, you’ll need to download the installation files and activate the license with your serial number.

The first step is to download the installation manager for the version you require. For customers on an active subscription, you can access the last 3 releases from the SOLIDWORKS Download Page –


In order to see the download options, you will need to log using the same email address registered against your companies 3DEXPERIENCE Account.

If your email is not linked to your companies 3DEXPERIENCE Account, learn how to do that HERE

Then simply select the year version and service pack you wish to download & accept the Terms & Conditions

Click Download

Step 2 Run Installation Manager

From your downloads, simply double click in the entry listed as “SolidWorksSetup.exe”

You will need admin privileges to run this.

Then, specify the folder location for the installation files and hit “unzip”

Step 3 – Begin Installation

Specify that you wish to install on your current machine and hit “Next”

Then, using the drop-down arrows, select the products you have license for and copy in your serial numbers. You can copy the entire serial number into the first box and it will populate across the other correctly. Then click “Next”

Once SOLIDWORKS has checked that your serial numbers are eligible for the release products you wish to install, you will need to Accept the terms of the SOLIDWORKS License agreement and click “Download and Install”

Now, SOLIDWORKS will download all the relevant installation files onto your machine, as part of the install process.

It’s important you do not close the session, your machine, or disconnect from the internet.

The time taken for the download will depend on the speed of your internet connection.

Once the download is finished, the installation will automatically begin

Once the installation is complete, just click “finish”


When you open SOLIDWORKS, you will be asked to Activate your license

Select that you want to activate your product now, enter your email address and click “next”

Now you are all set – and ready to design great products!