A Few Things To Consider Before Upgrading to Windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10?

Moe Aung Tips and Tricks

Microsoft® recently released the Windows® 10 operating system. For many Windows 7 and 8 users this is available as a free upgrade.

It may seem tempting to upgrade right away, however please note the currently released* SOLIDWORKS versions and service packs are not supported on Windows 10.

Early adopters may have noticed issues with SolidWorks not saving…

Don’t worry, you still have options available!

Run it under Windows Program Compatibility Mode

If you’ve ever used this handy inbuilt feature, it can really save you. If you right click on SolidWorks, select properties, then go to the Compatibility tab.Run SolidWorks under Program Compatibility


Check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and select Windows 7/8, then click Apply.

Although this is not an officially supported fix, this should allow you to use SolidWorks until the next service pack is released.

Roll Back to your previous install of Windows

Although you spent some time upgrading, rolling back your install is quite simple to do. Beware though, you have one month to go back to Windows 7 or 8.1 after installing Windows 10. So make sure you make up your mind before the option disappears.

Check out this link on how to roll back your version of Windows 10.

But don’t worry, we are working hard to ensure that SOLIDWORKS products will soon support Windows 10 64-bit Pro and Enterprise in SOLIDWORKS 2015 and SOLIDWORKS 2016. A future announcement will give details of the specific Service Pack for both SOLIDWORKS 2015 and SOLIDWORKS 2016 commencement of support. SOLIDWORKS 2014 will not support Windows 10.


* At the time of writing (August 4, 2015), the following SOLIDWORKS products are not supported on Windows 10: SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta 2, SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP4, SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP5 andall other earlier versions and service packs. This applies to our entire product range (i.e. eDrawings, Enterprise PDM, SOLIDWORKS Composer, etc.)

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