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How to Transfer SolidWorks to a New Computer

by TS Jordan

SolidWorks is a computer-aided design program widely used by professionals working on CAD projects. You may need to move your installation of SolidWorks from one computer to another if you've upgraded your hardware or purchased a new computer. Completing the transfer is a multi-step process that requires attention to detail to ensure that you retain your settings.

Step 1

Open the "Start" menu on the old computer, select "Control Panel" from the menu and click on "Add/Remove Programs."

Step 2

Click on the "SolidWorks" entry. Click "Remove." Select "Yes" when asked if you want to keep user files.

Step 3

Connect the USB drive to the old computer. Right-click on the "Start" button and select "Explore."

Step 4

Open the "C:" drive, navigate to the "Program Files" folder, and right-click on the "SolidWorks" folder. Choose the "Send to" option and select the USB drive as the destination.

Step 5

Insert the SolidWorks installation CD into the new computer. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the basic installation.

Plug the USB drive into the new computer. Open the "My Computer" menu, click on the drive letter for the USB drive, and then drag and drop the "SolidWorks" folder into the "Program Files" folder on the C: drive. Select "Yes to All" when asked if you want to replace files.

Items you will need

  • USB drive
  • SolidWorks installation CD

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