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Installing SolidWorks 2016 on your Computer

- Stand alone installation


SolidWorks ( is a 3D solid modeling package. Components in

SolidWorks can be used for creation of engineering drawings, analysis of designs for motion,
stress and fluid flow (friction, drag and lift), animation and photo realistic presentation of

The School of Engineering has purchased 1000 licenses of SolidWorks for use by any UniSA
student for their studies.
 500 licenses are available on the Mawson Lakes pool server (SolidWorks is available
on most computer pools at Mawson Lakes, plus City West (GK3-24, GK3-21, BH3-
10, BH4-09, BH4-18, BH4-19 and all pools in Jeffrey Smart Building), City East (P3-
34, P3-33), Magill (C1-82) and Whyalla (MB2-61, MB2-62).
 500 licenses are available on a School of AME server for use in AME’s computer
pool (J2-15, J2-17) and for off campus use by UniSA students (monthly license
borrowing via VPN).

SolidWorks has also provided another bonus 1000 licenses (stand alone installation expiring
31 July 2018, requiring only internet/email to activate). The access codes are in 10 batches of
100 licenses and these access codes will be associated with specific UniSA courses. The
codes and installation instructions will be provided to students by their Course Coordinator.

The software will be updated annually, around January to the latest Educational Version (i.e.
for 2017 the version will be SolidWorks 2016).

Information on SolidWorks Hardware and Software compatibility can be located here:

Information for Students that are using Apple Mac and iOS devices can be located here:

SOLIDWORKS 2016-2017 Education and Student products are targeted for use on Windows
7, 8 and 10 operating systems ONLY. They will not work on Windows XP, Vista.

SolidWorks Education editions are 64 bit only.

Installing SolidWorks on your computer

In order to gain a copy of SolidWorks 2016 for your personal computer you must:-

STEP 1. Obtain a copy of the SolidWorks software from either:-

(i) Download from the Internet

1. Go to:
2. Enter the SEK ID: XSEK12
3. Fill out the registration information and select 2016-2017 version
4. Download the 64 bit version of SolidWorks, install and activate with the serial
number detailed below. The download is approximately 2.5 GB.

(ii) Download from the UniSA pool computer from the server address (this is not a web
address and you must either follow link or paste it into the Windows Explorer
search box)
\\\software\win\solidworks\solidworks2016 (approximately 10.5 GB).

STEP 2. Install the software on your PC

During the installation you will be asked if the Windows update KB3072630 has been
installed. For detailed information see

In summary, to eliminate known instability for installations after 14/7/2015 you will need
1. Run the program KB3072630_Disable.reg (available from )
2. Complete the install
3. Run the program KB3072630_Re-enagle.reg (available from

Firstly, install SolidWorks 2016 by running the installation file \sldim\sldIM.exe This
may take 15 to 60 minutes depending upon your computer.

When asked, select installation type: Individual (on this computer)

When asked, insert the serial number: to be provided by your Course Coordinator

Note: letters need to be entered in lower case.

At the end of the installation you will need to restart your computer.

STEP 3. Activate a SolidWorks license

SolidWorks Product Activation will pop up when you run SolidWorks for the first time.

When asked, select: I want to activate my Solidworks product now

Select Automatically over the internet if you have internet access.
If not, select Manually via e-mail.

Fill in your contact details.

After activated, you should see that the license will expire on 31 July 2018.

STEP 3. Running SolidWorks
From Windows: select Windows Logo  All Programs  SolidWorks 2016 
SolidWorks 2016 (or SolidWorks 2016 x64 Edition)

1) Having difficulty reinstalling SolidWorks after having a problem during
You will need to remove all the SolidWorks folders and registry key before you can
reinstall SolidWorks again.

From Add / Remove Programs, you need to remove

SolidWorks 2016 SP05 (if available)
SolidWorks 2016 x64 Edition SP05 (if available)

2) Getting the error message “Error 619: A connection to the remote computer
could not be established, so the port used for this connection was closed.” when
connecting with the VPN connection.
Please disable or uninstall the third party Firewall Software such as Windows Live
One Care, ZoneAlarm, Norton Internet Security, etc.

3) Have problem to renew the license after license has expired or to re-borrow a
license after formatting the hard drive of a computer for some reasons?
(Please make sure that you know what to do before doing it. If you do any
mistakes, then your computer may have a problem to startup, etc)
i) Start > Run and type REGEDIT
ii) browse to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\FLEXlm License Manager"
registry folder.
iii) delete the “Borrow” sub folder.

If the above method does not work, then you need to create a new login name.

4) Have a problem such as:-

a. Missing add-ins from the SOLIDWORKS add-ins list in the Tools menu.
b. Error when launching SOLIDWORKS or opening a file: "Could not load
SOLIDWORKS DLL: GdtAnalysisSupport.dll".
c. Crashes when recording, playing or editing a SOLIDWORKS Macro.
d. Instability when using Equations.
e. Error when launching SOLIDWORKS or SOLIDWORKS Explorer: "DWG
document manager library is invalid or missing".
This occurs due to a conflict with Microsoft KB3072630
See for
instructions to fix. You will need to uninstall SolidWorks and follow the
procedure for installation the disables this Windows update whilst installing
SolidWorks. Please remember to enable the update after the install.

Note: These instructions are given to help with the set up and installation of SolidWorks on
your PC, however I am unable to provide individual assistance with installation and running
of SolidWorks on your computer. For technical help please contact

John Fielke
School of Engineering
University of South Australia
January 2017