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SolidWorks 2017 key Archives

SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Find My SOLIDWORKS Serial Number?

What is your SOLIDWORKS serial number? This is a common question that we ask in Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support. You may be having an activation issue or an issue with the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Whatever the reason, there are several easy ways to find the SOLIDWORKS serial number that was used to install SOLIDWORKS on your computer. This blog will step you through a few of the most common ways.

Use Help > About SOLIDWORKS to Show the SOLIDWORKS Serial Number

At the top left of your SOLIDWORKS screen, pull down the Help menu and select ‘About SOLIDWORKS’.

The About SOLIDWORKS dialog appears. As you can see, the Serial No. is hidden. Simply left mouse click Show Serial Number to reveal the serial number.

QUICK TIP: You can select the serial number text and use Ctrl+C or right mouse click to copy it.

Perform a Modify Installation to Show the SOLIDWORKS Serial Number

Another way to find what your SOLIDWORKS serial number is to use the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. This is very useful, especially if you cannot open SOLIDWORKS and you need to see what serial number is installed.

First, open the Program and Features Control Panel by clicking the Windows Start button and going to Control Panel-Programs-Programs and Features. Another way is just to type Programs and Features after you click the Start button.

Once you navigate to the Program and Features window, select the SOLIDWORKS installation.

Note: If you have more than one version of SOLIDWORKS installed, all versions have the same serial number. So, just click on your latest installation.

You can left click to highlight SOLIDWORKS and then click the Change button. Or, you can right-click on SOLIDWORKS and pick Change.

The SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager window will appear. On the Welcome to the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager page, select the Modify the individual installation (on this computer) radio button, and then click Next.

That will take you to the Serial Number page of the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.

Since we are only checking to see what the SOLIDWORKS serial number is, you can simply click the Cancel button to exit the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.

Use the Registry Editor to Show the SOLIDWORKS Serial Number

The last way to find your SOLIDWORKS serial number that we will look at is to view the SOLIDWORKS serial number in the Windows Registry.

Click the Windows Start button, type regedit, and hit Enter or click Run command.


Note: You need to have Admin rights to view the Registry Editor.

In the Registry Editor window, browse to: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SolidWorks\Licenses\Serial Numbers

The SOLIDWORKS key to the right displays the SOLIDWORKS serial number.

Hopefully, the next time that you are asked for your serial number, you will be able to find it easily using one of the above methods.


Neil Bucalo, CSWP, CSWS-MD
Technical Support Engineer
Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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Renaming a Solidworks PDM archive server

If you want to rename SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server, follow the steps detailed below. This is also detailed in the KB at the Solidworks customer Portal. Solution ID  ref: S-015965

Note, if the machine also hosts the SQL Server there is a separate process to follow. Please contact us in this case.

1: Backups / lock access

Firstly ensure you have a recent backup of the archive and the SQL database. Next you need to ensure  that during the rename operation no one can access the PDM vault. If you right click on the vault in the admin tool and go to properties you can select ‘block logins’

2: Rename the server (there are a number of ways this can be done, including via the ‘my computer’ area among others).

3. Once the server is renamed, we need to update the tables in SQL. Open the SQL Management Studio, Expand the Tables folder, for your vault and edit the tables ArchiveServers and SystemInfo  using the RMB, then edit top 200 rows

Only update the ArchiveServerName , for each of these tables. In a replicated environment, ONLY update the server that was renamed.

4. Next we need to update the client registry Update each client that has a file vault view attached to the renamed server

5. Update the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARESolidWorksApplicationPDMWorks EnterpriseDatabasesVAULTNAME

Update the ServerLoc (archive server) with the renamed server name. Note! If the above key is empty, the file vault view is most likely “private”, if so the archive server entry ServerLoc is found under the following key instead:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSolidWorksApplicationsPDMWorks EnterpriseVaultsVAULTNAME

Delete the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSolidWorksApplicationPDMWorks EnterpriseConisioAdmin.

Restart the client system. Now try to log in to the view. It should work. If it fails, verify all of the previous steps and registry changes. Make sure that the archive server works correctly by adding a text file, checking it in, and deleting it. Note! If renaming an archive server that hosts a replicated file vault, verify the name for the server entries in the replication settings Source server address as well to ensure the renamed server name is used.

Remember to enable logins again.

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