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2016 Product Activation

Alex Sahyoun
TITLE: Product Activation – 2016
DATE: September 2015
SUBJECT: License activation, standalone
ABSTRACT:

Transfer and activation of a standalone license of SOLIDWORKS.

 

This guide is written for version 2016.  If you are using an earlier version of SOLIDWORKS, please download our earlier activation documents to correctly manage the activation of your version of SOLIDWORKS. 

A standalone SOLIDWORKS license can be used to activate one machine. If you wish to use your activation on another system, you must first deactivate the PC that is currently active. Please see the SOLIDWORKS End User License Agreement if you have any questions regarding this policy.

Simulation Professional, Simulation Premium, Flow Simulation and Workgroup PDM contributor licenses must also be activated.  The process for activating all these products is the same; you can do it over the internet or via e-mail.  Both styles of activation are covered in this document.

The activation ID’s are based on the computer hard drive and motherboard.  If you are upgrading your hardware, changing your SOLIDWORKS software or moving to a new computer, you will need to transfer your license back. After you have done the upgrade or reformatting, reactivate the software license on the new hardware configuration. Failing to transfer the license before making these changes will result in your software being unable to be reactivated, and therefore will be unusable.  It is in your best interest to transfer your license so you do not run into issues with activation after any changes.  If your activation is lost due to hardware issues, contact Hawk Ridge Systems immediately to rectify the problem.

This is not a troubleshooting guide.  If you have any technical issues with SOLIDWORKS please contact Hawk Ridge Systems Technical Support.  This document is only to be distributed and used by Hawk Ridge Systems customers.  Any other use is prohibited.

©2015 Hawk Ridge Systems

CONTENTS

  • Product Activation
  • Internet Activation
  • E-mail Activation
  • License Transfer by Internet
  • License Transfer by E-mail
  • Xpress Product Codes 

INTERNET ACTIVATION

If you do not have internet access, see the e-mail activation section of this document.

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 2016 > SOLIDWORKS 2016 x64.
  2. When SOLIDWORKS starts, the activation page will appear.  Choose the ‘I want to activate my SOLIDWORKS product now’ radio button.  If the activation page does not appear when SOLIDWORKS start, go to Help > Activate License to start activation.
  1. Click the Next button to continue.
  1. SOLIDWORKS will be listed as the product that needs activation.
  1. If you have internet access at this computer, choose to activate Automatically over the internet.  If you are offline, see the next sectionon e-mail activation.
  1. Fill out your e-mail address at the bottom of this page.
  1. Click the Next button to continue.
  1. You will now connect to SOLIDWORKS over the internet and the product will be activated.
  1. Your SOLIDWORKS is now activated.
  1. Press the Finish button to complete.

SOLIDWORKS is now properly registered and activated.

  1. If you have simulation products that need to be activated, turn them on thru Tools > Add-ins and you will be asked to activate them.
  1. If you have internet access at this computer, choose to activate Automatically over the Internet.
  1. Click the Next button to continue.
  1. You will now connect to SOLIDWORKS over the internet and the product will be activated.
  1. Your SOLIDWORKS is now activated.
  1. Press the Finish button to complete.

E-MAIL ACTIVATION

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 2016 > SOLIDWORKS 2016 x64.
  2. When SOLIDWORKS starts, the activation page will appear.  Choose I want to activate my SOLIDWORKS product now radio button.  If the activation page does not appear when SOLIDWORKS starts, go to Help > Activate License… to start activation.
  1. Click the Next button to continue.
  1. You will have a list of products that can be activated from this machine according to your installation.  If you would like to activate all items at once, you can press the Select All button.
  1. If you do not have internet access at this computer, choose to activate Manually via e-mail.
  1. Enter your e-mail address at the bottom of this page.
  1. Click the Next button to continue.
  1. On the next page, press the Save button to create an activation request file.
  1. Browse to a location on your computer to store this .txt file and press the Save button.  Copy this text file onto a disk or removable storage device and move it to a machine with internet access.
  1. Send this file as an attachment to an e-mail and send it to activation@SOLIDWORKS.com.
  1. SOLIDWORKS will send a return e-mail with a different text file attached.  Save this text file to a disk or removable storage device and move it to the machine awaiting activation.
  1. In the activation wizard, press the Open button on the e-mail activation page.  This will bring up a browser to read in the .txt file you have been sent.
  1. Now you will be shown what products are activated.
  1. Press the Finish button to complete.

SOLIDWORKS is now properly registered and activated.

LICENSE TRANSFER BY INTERNET

If you do not have internet access, see the e-mail transfer section of this document.

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 2016 > SOLIDWORKS 2016 x64.
  2. After SOLIDWORKS starts go to the Help pull down menu and choose Transfer License.
  1. If you have more products than SOLIDWORKS activated (Simulation), you will need to choose the product to deactivate.

Note: If you have Simulation Professional or Premium or Flow Simulation you will need to deactivate these first then deactivate SOLIDWORKS.

  1. If you have internet access at this computer, choose to activate Automatically over the Internet.
  1. Press the Next button.  You will now connect to the SOLIDWORKS Activation site to return the license.
  1. You will be informed that the license has been transferred back to SOLIDWORKS.
  1. Press the Finish button to complete.

SOLIDWORKS will not run on this machine until it is re-activated.

LICENSE TRANSFER BY E-MAIL

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 2016 > SOLIDWORKS 2016 x64.
  2. After SOLIDWORKS starts, go to the Help pull-down menu and choose Transfer License.
  1. If you have more products than SOLIDWORKS activated (Simulation), you will need to choose the product to deactivate.

Note: If you have Simulation Professional or Premium or Flow Simulation you will need to deactivate these first then deactivate SOLIDWORKS.

  1. If you do not have internet access at this computer, choose to activate Manually via e-mail.
  1. Click the Next button to continue.
  1. On the next page, press the Save button to create an activation request file.

Warning! Once you’ve saved this file, your activation is no longer valid.  Do not exit out of the activation window until you have completed the process and read in the response e-mail from SOLIDWORKS or you will not be able to run SOLIDWORKS.

  1. Browse to a location on your computer to store this .txt file and press the Save button.  Copy this text file on to a disk or removable storage device and move it to a machine with internet access.
  1. Send this file as an attachment to an e-mail and send it to activation@SOLIDWORKS.com.
  1. SOLIDWORKS will send a return e-mail with a different text file attached.  Save this text file to a disk or removable storage space and move it to the machine awaiting activation.
  1. In the activation wizard, press the Open button on the e-mail activation page.
  1. Browse for the response file and press the Open button.
  1. The next page will show you that your transfer is complete.
  1. Press the Finish button to complete.

SOLIDWORKS will not run on this machine until it is re-activated.

XPRESS PRODUCT CODES

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 2016 > SOLIDWORKS 2016 x64
  2. At the top of the SOLIDWORKS interface, go to Tools > Xpress Products. There will be specific product codes for SimulationXpress, FloXpress, DFMXpress, SustainabilityXpress, and DriveWorksXpress as is expressed in the image below.
  1. Click the “My.solidworks.com/xpress” link shown in the image above.
  1. Input your SOLIDWORKS Serial # and select “Get my code” as noted in the image above then input the product code that you just received into the screen in step 2 under “Product Code”.
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