Design Table Error: "Failed to connect. Link may be broken." After May 10th Windows Update

Following a Windows Update rolled out on May 10th 2022, the following error may appear when editing a design table: "Failed to connect. Link may be broken."

The problem is caused by Windows Update installing Visual C++ 2022 Redistributable - 14.32.31326.0, v17.2.​​​​​​​ This update may break the link between SOLIDWORKS and Excel, which will break the ability to edit design tables. SOLIDWORKS is working with Microsoft on a fix for this issue in SPR 1235828. 

Until there is a permanent fix implemented, the only way to restore design table functionality is to follow the steps below:

  1. Remove Visual C++ 2022 Redistributable version 14.32.31326.0 
  2. Reinstall version Visual C++ 2022 Redistributable - 14.31.31103.0, v17.1x86​​​​​​​ and v17.1x64, which can be found at this link: https://hawkridgesys.sendsafely.com/receive/?thread=CFU4-GKGU&packageCode=y0NMhlTLekN09Obg7E3StGkDhSRPC9ZC4BVvz0ynI8E#keyCode=RKZoP1DtSAWhH-dhfY0zVAXfXhntVESXAs4r7qgj78Q

Note: Rolling back to the required 2017-VCRdist's does NOT fix the problem, only the above workflow should fix it.


For further assistance, please contact our support team at 877-266-4469 (US) or 866-587-6803 (Canada) or support@hawkridgesys.com 

 

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