How do I download an older version of SOLIDWORKS?

Can you download older versions of SOLIDWORKS?

One or more older major versions of SOLIDWORKS are installed on this computer. You can create a new installation, which will coexist with the older version, or you can upgrade, which removes the older version.

How do I import an older version of SOLIDWORKS?

You cannot do a save as to an earlier version, and you cannot open the newer version with an older version of SOLIDWORKS, with one exception. You can open part and assembly files in read-only mode in Service Pack 5 of the previous release.

How do I downgrade my SOLIDWORKS version?

How to change your SOLIDWORKS Installation

  1. Go to your “Control Panel” > “Program and Features“
  2. Find your version of SOLIDWORKS from the list of programs and right-click on it.
  3. Select “Change” from the shortcut menu.

Can I have 2 versions of SOLIDWORKS?

That’s actually not a problem, you can install multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS side by side on a single computer. In some previous releases this may have required some additional steps to ensure that the settings for each installed version were completely separate, but these extra steps are no longer needed.

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Is SOLIDWORKS free for hobbyists?

Solidworks is offering a free 12 month licence for all qualified educators, makers, hobbyists, military, students and sponsored organizations.

Why is SOLIDWORKS not backwards compatible?

SOLIDWORKS forward compatibility doesn’t exist due to the ever evolving software package. Every year SOLIDWORKS enhances their software with new tools or performance enhancements. Once a file gets saved with this new tech, it becomes locked, and this version can no longer be opened in previous releases.

What is the current version of SOLIDWORKS?

Release history

Name/Version Version Number Version History Value
SolidWorks 2018 26 11000
SolidWorks 2019 27 12000
SolidWorks 2020 28 13000
SolidWorks 2021

How do I convert an earlier version of SOLIDWORKS?

When you open one or more documents that are not yet saved in the current version of SOLIDWORKS, click Older Version File (Standard toolbar) to update the documents. The Save Modified Documents dialog box appears. Search ‘Older Version File’ in the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base.

How do I upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2020?

In SOLIDWORKS, click Help > Check for Updates. In Microsoft Windows, click Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager > Check for Updates.

How do I know what version of SOLIDWORKS I have?

In File Explorer, simply right click on the file and choose Properties. On the Details tab, you can see the SW Last saved with version.

What does future version File mean in SOLIDWORKS?

Share. The last service pack of an earlier release can open files from the next year’s SOLIDWORKS. For example, you could use SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5 to open and work with SOLIDWORKS 2020 files. We call this Future Version Files.

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How do I modify SOLIDWORKS installation?

In Windows 7 or later, click Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features. Select the SOLIDWORKS installation you want to modify and then click Change. On the Welcome to the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager screen, click Modify the individual installation (on this computer).

Is SOLIDWORKS 2020 backwards compatible?

Important: Files saved in SOLIDWORKS 2019 – 2020 are not backwards compatible with earlier versions. Files saved in earlier versions of SOLIDWORKS can be opened and reviewed with later versions. SOLIDWORKS 2018 will not be able to open files saved in 2019 – 2020.

Where is the SOLIDWORKS control panel?

To access the Control Panel: From the Start screen, swipe in from the right side of the screen or drag your mouse to the top right corner of the screen. The Charm Bar displays on the right side of the screen. Tap or click the Search icon.