SolidWorks 2014-2015 for Windows

How to install Solidworks 2014-2015.

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In order to install and run tethered software, you must have a CAE account. To access the installation media, please see instructions for accessing files on MyFiles or accessing files via mapping a network drive. Accessing installation media via a network drive may be advantageous in that it will not time out during the downloading process. MyFiles times out if a download takes longer than 2 hours.

Also, make sure you are connected to Tethered Software VPN. To run tethered software, must always be connected to Tethered Software VPN.

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 Installing Solidworks 2014-2015 Version

1. Copy the file SolidWorksSetup[2014-15downloader].exe to your computer. This file can be accessed online via MyFiles or by mapping a network drive. NOTE: You may delete this file after the installation is complete.

2. Run the .exe file and select a folder to unzip the contents to.


3.  Once the files are unzipped, the Solidworks installer should begin automatically.  If it doesn't you can run the setup.exe file in the folder you used in the previous step.

4. Choose the Installation type.  Please select Individual (on this computer).   


5. Enter the SolidWorks Serial Number located in file Install Notes.txt, which is located in the SolidWorks 2014-2015 folder on MyFiles. You do not have any other Serial Numbers, so there is no need to check any other boxes on this page. NOTE: You do not need to fill in the last 2 boxes! The installer will automatically populate the remaining boxes after the warning prompt in the next step.

6.  You will be asked if you want to download the newer version of Solidworks.  We only support the current version (2014 SP2.0 X64 Edition). You may continue with the Newest version, but we will not be able to guarantee help.  For this reason, we suggest you select the current version.


7. Most users will not need to modify the components to be installed, so just select Download and Install.


8. A prompt will appear. Please specify the license location as "" without the quotations.


9. You will be asked whether this is the correct licensing.  Select "Yes". The installation should now proceed and complete. The necessary files will be downloaded from Solidworks first, so this may take a while, depending on your internet speed.

10.  Once all files are downloaded, you may get a dialog box that asks if you want to pause the installation or install SolidWorks.  Click Install.

Note: Whenever you access SolidWorks, the Engineering Licensing (or CoE) VPN must be running.

Keywords:installing install Solidworks 2015 2014 windows MyFiles tethered software   Doc ID:46656
Owner:Dan S.Group:Computer-Aided Engineering
Created:2015-02-02 11:49 CDTUpdated:2015-02-02 13:21 CDT
Sites:Computer-Aided Engineering
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