solidworks 2008 logoYou may be interested to know that SolidWorks PR 1 is available for download.

This is the step before the final release and is intended to be used in a production environment to test for quality. If you’re going to use it in production, be sure to make back-ups of whatever you try it on or you may feel the warm chill of “what have I done”

If you did use beta, you may want to check the forums about the installation. Dave Heinemeyer got good results doing the following.

  1. Did not transfer license
  2. Un-install 08 Beta4 using add remove programs but did not clean registry
  3. Download only Pre-Release so files were located on local drive
  4. Install using Install Manager to a new individual installation

Have fun.


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.