License Activation

Activation is a product licensing and registration process for SolidWorks standalone (non-SolidNetWork License) licenses.

Activation requires that you have Internet or email access. After activation, you do not need to be online to use the products. If you do not have email access on the computer where you use this product, you can save the activation file and send it from another computer.


This process:

For system administrators who have multiple serial numbers to manage, see Option Editor.

To activate a license:

  1. Start the application.

If you have not yet activated your license, the Product Activation dialog box appears.

  1. Select the Internet or email procedure.

  1. Supply your contact information and specify home or office.

  2. Obtain the license key:

  1. The Activation/Reactive Succeeded dialog box displays the products that have been activated.

License Transfer

To transfer your license to another computer, first transfer it back to the license key server at SolidWorks Corporation, then reactivate it on the new or upgraded computer.

If you were unable to transfer the license back to SolidWorks (because of hard drive failure, for example), reactivation is still successful in most cases. If not, contact your VAR for help.

To transfer a license back to the server:

  1. In SolidWorks, click Help, License Transfer.

  2. To reactivate, go to the new or upgraded computer and follow the procedure above as for the initial activation.