Before you pour milk into you bowl of oats and OS upgrades, take a whiff of this. Let’s say you’re rockin’ SolidWorks 2009 and want to get into Windows 7 stat because Vista is making you a bitter old curmudgeon with long fingernails. What are your options?

Well, if you depend on the guidance of SolidWorks Video and Graphics Card Testing, you’ll want to know that there are not too many GPU’s certified for SolidWorks 2009 on Windows 7. In fact, there are zero.

As we previously reported, SolidWorks is giving Windows 7 a big old hug with SolidWorks 2010 being the last version to support Windows XP. No big deal yeah? You just upgrade everything to the latest. It’s simple if you’re one person, but more of a challenge if your with a company, even a small company.

My opinion is, get ready to upgrade now, even if you’re company is waiting till SP03 or 2011. You’ll have to eventually. If you’re wondering how to do it, my first suggestion is to wrap the cost into the next few projects. This works if you’re a one person business owner or an cad manager trying to convince upper management. You can also offset some cost by shifting older hardware to people pushing documents or by donating it to schools or non-profit organizations. Are ya ready?


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.