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SOLIDWORKS 2022: Tips For a Successful Upgrade

By Sawyer Gara on October 4, 2021

As the temperature beings to cool and the leaves start to change colors, people look forward to sweaters, hot cups of tea, and Thanksgiving food. What if I told you there was one more thing to be excited for as summer starts to wind down? Here at TriMech, the thing that we’re most excited about is the release of SOLIDWORKS 2022! If you are like us, you probably can’t wait to start downloading and checking all the great new features added in this year’s release. However, before you jump right into the new release, make sure you read below to review some of our tips for a successful upgrade.

What this Article Covers:

System Requirements

First things first, it is important to review the System Requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2022 to make sure your computer can handle the new enhancements. It’s always a good idea to double-check your operating system and your system hardware against the recommendations so you don’t upgrade to a product that doesn’t run as smoothly as it should. If you’re looking to verify your system or purchase a new one for SOLIDWORKS 2022, check out our Hardware Recommendations Guide.SOLIDWORKS 2022 Hardware Recommendations>> Shop the TriMech Dell Expert Network for Specialized Hardware Solutions

Graphics Card and Driver

SOLIDWORKS 2022 NemoOnce you verify your system meets or exceeds the system requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2022, the next thing you should check is that your Graphics Card and Driver are certified. The benefit of using a certified Graphics Card is they are tested to work with SOLIDWORKS. Additionally, having the most up-to-date Driver for your card may not be the best thing. It’s always a good idea to consult the SOLIDWORKS Hardware Certification site to check which version you should be using. Doing this gives puts your best foot forward going into a new release of SOLIDWORKS.

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Installation Type

In general, SOLIDWORKS can be licensed two different ways. The licenses starting with 9000 are standalone licenses and the licenses starting with 9100 are network licenses. If you are using a standalone license, the upgrade process is as straightforward as installing the new version of SOLIDWORKS. If you have a network license, the process has a few more things to keep in mind.

The reason for this is that the SOLIDWORKS License Manager (SNL) must be at the same version as your SOLIDWORKS Installation (SOLIDWORKS 2022 and SNL 2022) or a higher version than your SOLIDWORKS Installation (SOLIDWORKS 2020 and SNL 2022). This means you will need to make sure your SNL is upgraded to the new version of SOLIDWORKS before your upgrade the individual SOLIDWORKS Clients.

Copy Settings Wizard

One of the last steps before upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2022 is to save your current SOLIDWORKS Settings. You can access the Copy Settings Wizard either from inside of SOLIDWORKS (by using the task pane) or directly from your Windows Search Bar. The Copy Settings Wizard allows you to save a file that includes the things that you’ve customized with your current SOLIDWORKS Installation. This includes keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, the SOLIDWORKS system options, and even the layout of your toolbars.

Once you upgrade SOLIDWORKS to 2022, the Copy Settings Wizard can be relaunched and can be used to Restore SOLIDWORKS Settings to the new installation. The tool can also be used to transfer settings between other computers, not just for upgrades.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Copy Settings

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I have multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS installed on the same machine?
    When running the new SOLIDWORKS Setup, it will allow you to either Upgrade to a new version on installation or just do a normal installation. Upgrading will remove the old version of SOLIDWORKS where a normal installation allows both to coexist on your machine. Be careful when running multiple installations that you don’t save a SOLIDWORKS file into a newer version when you don’t mean to. If you save a file in 2022, it means you won’t be able to open it in 2019, for example.
  2. Can I still install if I have a network installation?
    Yes! If your SOLIDWORKS License Manager is an equal or higher version than the SOLIDWORKS you want to install, you can still pull a license. For example, you can install and run SOLIDWORKS 2019 and SOLIDWORKS 2020 on a SOLIDWORKS 2022 License Server.
  3. What happens to my Custom Templates when I upgrade?
    It is important to save your Custom Templates to their own folder outside of the default SOLIDWORKS directory. These locations can be restored using the Copy Settings Wizard after upgrading. If you leave them in the Default Directory used in the SOLIDWORKS install, they may be wiped during the upgrade process.

Hopefully, this article provides you with some important information to consider and answers some of your more immediate questions before planning your next upgrade. If you have any additional questions, please be sure to reach out to our Tech Support Team at 888.874.6324.

Plan for the 2022 update and learn what you can do to set yourself up for success with this webinar, "What You Need to Know Before SOLIDWORKS 2022."