New in SolidWorks 2012: Installation Manager Enhancements / Complete Uninstall

SolidWorks 2012 includes several enhancements when it comes to using the installation manager. You can now completely uninstall the SolidWorks software or customize the software removal by removing one or more of the following items: Program Files and Folders, registry entries, data folders such as SolidWorks Toolbox, and previously downloaded installation files and folders. By default, the SolidWorks Installation Manager removes Program Files and Folders.

  1. To uninstall SolidWorks in Windows Vista and later, click Start > Control Panel > Programs > Programs Features . For Windows XP, click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs .
  2. From the Summary screen in the SolidWorks Installation Manager, click Change. Select items to remove from the Advanced Options screen.

You can specify which standards to support before installing the SolidWorks Toolbox. By default, all standards are selected for a new installation of the Toolbox. To select standards:

  1. In the Summary screen, expand Products and click Change.
  2. In the Product Selection screen, expand SolidWorks > SolidWorks Toolbox and select standards from a list.

The installation of the Workgroup PDM Server requires a validation code. The Installation Manager can obtain the code automatically. If an Internet connection is not available, you can obtain the code by email.

This is only one of the over 200 enhancements added to our 20th release of SolidWorks. Want to learn more? Just visit the SolidWorks 2012 website to learn about the rest of the updates for our 20th release.

Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.