How to Modify an Evaluation Installation of SOLIDWORKS to Utilize a Permanent Serial Number

This article walks through the steps needed to modify an instance of SOLIDWORKS that was originally installed with an evaluation license to use a permanent product serial number.

Once you have received a permanent license from Hawk Ridge Systems, the evaluation license can be replaced by following the steps listed below.

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel and click on "Uninstall a program".

    Control Panel Window

  2. Locate your installation of SOLIDWORKS in the "Uninstall or change a program" list, right-click it, and select "Change" or "Modify".

  3. Once the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager window has launched, select the option to "Modify the individual installation (on this computer)" and click Next.

    Installation Manager with Modify Selected

  4. Once you have reached the "Serial Number" section, replace any evaluation serial numbers with your permanent serial number and click Next.

    Serial Number Selection Page

  5. After clicking Next, the license transfer window will appear. Click Yes, indicating that you would like to transfer the evaluation license.

    Serial Number Detected Window

  6. The "SOLIDWORKS Product Activation" window will now appear. Select your evaluation product if there is more than one product listed, input a valid e-mail address, and begin the transfer process by clicking "Next". More information regarding the different types of license transfers can be found in our Product Activation Guide.

    SOLIDWORKS Product Activation Window

  7. Evaluation licenses cannot be transferred, and therefore this transfer will fail. However, the process will ensure that the evaluation license is completely cleared from your PC. Click "OK" on any errors that appear, which will cause the "Transfer failed" window shown below to open. Click "Finish" on this window to exit the transfer process.

    Transfer Failed Activation Window

  8. After closing the "Transfer failed" window, proceed with the modification process until reaching the Summary screen. Accept the License Agreement and click on "Modify Now" to begin the modification, which should be completed shortly.

    Finish Modification

    If you receive the message "The Source Folder is Not Versioned Properly", please refer to this article: The Source Folder is not Versioned Properly
  9. Launch SOLIDWORKS, activate your product if prompted, and navigate to Help > About SOLIDWORKS to confirm you are using the correct serial number.

Contact Us

If you encounter any errors with this process, or if you have any questions regarding the completion of these steps, feel free to contact Hawk Ridge Systems Technical Support at:


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