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How to install SOLIDWORKS for Windows

This guide explains how to install SOLIDWORKS from the UCL Software Database.

This guide is aimed at...

  • IT Administrators
  • Staff
  • SLMS staff

Please note: If you are a student, please follow the SOLIDWORKS Community Download Instructions.

Before you start...

  • Download SOLIDWORKS from the UCL Software Database
  • Ensure you are connected to the UCL network either on-site or via the UCL VPN remote access service if you are off-site.
  • You will need Serial Number and Licence Manager details for installation (found in Downloads section of UCL Software Database link above)


1. After downloading the software, leave at default selection and click Next.

SolidWorks for Window 1…

Fig 1. Welcome to the SOLIDWORKS Installation manager

2. Enter serial key into the serial number field found in the download notification email you initially received, and click Next.

SolidWorks for Window 2…

Fig 2. Serial Number

3. Tick the box to accept the terms of SOLIDWORKS then click on Download and Install.

SolidWorks for Window 3…

Fig 3. Summary

4. From the download notification email you initially received, please enter the license manager details in the Port@server field then click OK.

SolidWorks for Window 4…

Fig 4. SOLIDWORKS Installation manager

5. The product installation begins.

SolidWorks for Window 5…

Fig 5. Installing Selected Products

6. Installation is now completed. Click Finish.

SolidWorks for Window 6…

Fig 6. Installation is complete

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