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How to Download Solidworks (personal computers)

This document will explain how to install Solidworks for student/instructor use.

Note: This method is only for student/instructor use on personal computers. The license will expire in 365 days after activation or on December 31st, whichever occurs first. If you are a faculty member or instructor who wishes to use this software on your University-owned computer, please call the IT Help Desk for assistance, as this download is licensed for personally-owned computers only. There are also only 500 licenses and they are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Faculty research is not covered under this license.


1. Check Hardware & Software Requirements

You will want to make sure that your computer can run Solidworks. To do so, check the Solidworks website and make sure that your computer meets the minimum hardware and software requirements.

2. Get Access to the Installation Files

Enter a Help Desk Ticket to add your username to the software download group, it-solidworks-download-users. This will give you access to the folder that contains the install files.


Note: It is highly recommended that you download this software while on the campus network due to it's file size.

If you are downloading Solidworks off-campus, you will need to configure and connect the S&T VPN. For VPN instructions, see VPN on Windows .

1. Map Network Drive

You will need to map \\\dfs\Software\EndUserSoftware\SolidWorks to a network drive. For instructions, see Mapping a network drive in Windows 7 .

2. Copy ZIP File

In the folder that you have mapped, there should be two files: a ZIP file with the installer and a ReadMe file. Copy both of these files to your computer and extract the ZIP file.
Note: If you are off campus, this will take up to an hour to copy to your computer.

3. Run Setup

In the extracted files, you will find setup.exe. Run this file to install Solidworks. When you are prompted for the license key, it will be found in the ReadMe file.

For assistance please contact the IT Help Desk by calling 573-341-4357 (HELP), visiting the IT Help Desk on the first floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, or submitting a ticket online at:

Keywords:solidworks, software, download, academic, free, student, instructor, personal, computer   Doc ID:52976
Owner:Connie G.Group:Missouri University of Science and Technology
Created:2015-06-21 15:27 CDTUpdated:2018-08-01 09:59 CDT
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