Downloading & Installing Solidworks 2021

(Going Old School)

AS PREVIOUSLY STATED: TO ACCESS THE DOWNLOAD AREA – YOU MUST BE LOGGED INTO YOUR ENGR.SHIP.EDU GMAIL ACCOUNT!

DOWNLOAD ALL THE FILES LOCATED IN THIS FOLDER

This folder contain a file named SW2021.exe and files named SW2021.7z.001 thru SW2021.7z.004. YOU MUST DOWNLOAD ALL THE FILES FOR THIS TO WORK! All the files except the executable are between 2 and 4 GB in size and might take some time to download depending on your network access.

PLEASE NOTE: The files NEED to be downloaded one at time.  Do NOT allow Google to merge them into a single archive or convert them to zip files as this process WILL make them unusable. If you see a box stating “Preparing download”, stop the process and make sure you only have ONE file selected when starting a download!

Please make sure all files are downloaded before requesting additional assistance.

When finished you should have all of the following files in the same folder:

  • SW2021.7z.001
  • SW2021.7z.004
  • SW2021.7z.002
  • SW2021.7z.003
  • SW2021.exe

Installation Directions

PLEASE NOTE: If all files, including the executable file, are not in the same folder, the extraction process WILL FAIL.

Once you have all the files downloaded to the same folder / location on your computer, launch the self-extracting executable called SW2021.exe. You will be prompted to provide an alternate location to extract the installation folder to or accept the default which will extract the installation archive to your current location. Once completed, the process should have created a new folder SW2021. The two key files inside this folder are the setup program and a text file named “Install Instructions”

Follow the directions in the text file regarding serial number and license location. For all other options, we recommend to simply accept the default options.

DO NOT SELECT TO UPGRADE TO THE NEW VERSION AS YOUR FILES WILL BE UNREADABLE BY YOUR PROFESSOR AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PULL A LICENSE.

Once completed, launch Solidworks 2021 to verify functionality. Once you know your software is working, we recommend following the instruction to install SFTP Drive so you can access your files from the School of Engineering’s file server.

As long as everything works as desired, you can delete both the SW2021.zip archive files and the SW2021 folder holding the installation files if you need disk space.

Redistribution of this software is in direct violation of the University’s computer usage policy.