SOLIDWORKS 2022 SP5 Release Notes

You can view the most recent Release Notes here.

For a list of fixed SPRs, click here.

Refer to What's New, available from the Help menu, for descriptions of new functionality.

End of Life Announcements - SOLIDWORKS Products


Online licensing is not available in SOLIDWORKS 2022 products. Even if online licensing is enabled, you cannot use the online licensing login to install or use SOLIDWORKS 2022 products. Before running SOLIDWORKS 2022 products, change the activation type to machine activation in the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal.


SOLIDWORKS PCB 2023 SP3 is the last supported release of SOLIDWORKS PCB and SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector.

PhotoView 360

SOLIDWORKS 2023 SP5 is the last supported release of PhotoView 360.

End of Life Announcements - Microsoft Products

The information below is subject to change based on the Microsoft® support schedule.

For current information about SOLIDWORKS active products and End of Life products, see SOLIDWORKS and SW PDM System Requirements. For Microsoft Operating System Lifecycle information, see Microsoft’s Lifecycle FAQ - Windows.

Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, 64-Bit Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5 is the last release to support the Windows® 7 Operating System.
SOLIDWORKS 2022 products will not install on Windows 7.

Microsoft Excel 2013 and Word 2013

SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5 is the last release to support Microsoft® Excel 2013 and Word 2013.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014

SOLIDWORKS 2021 SP5 is the last release to support SQL Server® 2014.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016

SOLIDWORKS 2023 SP5 is the last release to support Windows® Server 2016.

SOLIDWORKS 2024 products will not install on Windows® Server 2016.

Microsoft Excel 2016 and Word 2016

SOLIDWORKS 2023 SP5 is the last release to support Microsoft Excel 2016 and Microsoft® Word 2016.

Microsoft Excel 2019 and Word 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2023 SP5 is the last release to support Microsoft Excel 2019 and Microsoft Word 2019.

Microsoft SQL Server 2016

SOLIDWORKS 2023 SP5 is the last release to support Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

System and Graphics Requirements

IMPORTANT: Update your graphics driver to take advantage of the new GPU-accelerated graphics system in SOLIDWORKS 2022. Failure to update your graphics driver can result in performance and stability problems.

For optimum graphics performance and stability, see Hardware Certification.

To ensure successful installation and optimum performance, see SOLIDWORKS and SW PDM System Requirements.


For SOLIDWORKS Visualize to work properly with NVIDIA Iray GPU support, a NVIDIA graphics card based on at least the Maxwell microarchitecture with a minimum NVIDIA driver version 451.48 for CUDA® 11.0 possible is required.

To ensure successful installation and optimum performance, see Prerequisites and System Requirements.

For a comparison of render performance across different NVIDIA graphics cards, see SOLIDWORKS Visualize Benchmarks.


DVD Distribution Media

Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media is provided only on request. Contact your Reseller for more information.

Anti-Virus Software

Some antivirus software prevents proper installation of SOLIDWORKS. For more information, see Antivirus Products.

Modifying SOLIDWORKS PDM Server Installations

To modify an installation of SOLIDWORKS PDM Server and its components, use Programs and Features from the Windows Control Panel. You cannot modify the installation with SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager (SLDIM), even if that is what you used to install SOLIDWORKS PDM Server.

Reactivating SOLIDWORKS Perpetual Licenses

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2022, commercial and educational customers who have purchased perpetual licenses of SOLIDWORKS products will be required to reactivate their licenses once a year. The licenses never expire but need to be reactivated periodically regardless of whether or not customers remain on subscription. Term licenses and student licenses are not affected.

Reactivation applies to SOLIDWORKS 2022 stand-alone products but not to earlier versions.

Reactivation applies to SolidNetWork License products after an organization has updated to the 2022 License Manager. Even if the installed products are from an earlier release, the 2022 licenses on the server will require reactivation once a year.

Technical Alerts

Windows 10 Fonts Missing

Some fonts that shipped in prior versions of Windows have moved into optional features in Windows 10. When upgrading to Windows 10, these fonts might not be installed on your system. If you find that a SOLIDWORKS document uses a font that is no longer installed on your computer, refer to the Microsoft Knowledge base article 3083806.

Missing Non-English Characters When Exporting Text to PDF Files

When you save a drawing document as a PDF file, and the drawing contains non-English (non-ASCII) characters, the appropriate fonts must be available to render the characters. If the specified font is not installed on your computer or does not support Unicode character glyphs, then the Arial Unicode MS font is used. If the Arial Unicode MS font is also missing, then the characters fail to render. The Arial Unicode MS font is not provided with Microsoft® Office® 2016 software. (See Windows 10 Fonts Missing, above.) Workaround: To install the Arial Unicode MS font, install both Microsoft® Office Professional Plus 2013 (minimal installation with only International Options enabled) and Microsoft® Office (2016 or later).

Microsoft Office Documents Embedded in SOLIDWORKS Documents

Recommendation: Use the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office. If you are embedding Microsoft Office 32-bit OLE objects in SOLIDWORKS documents, refer to the Microsoft Knowledge base article 983396 to fix OLE objects displaying as an icon.



SOLIDWORKS does not support GLTF/GLB files and you cannot export these files from SOLIDWORKS. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to export to GLTF/GLB.

Microsoft SQL Server 2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2019 is supported beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020 and SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020.

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 and higher require Cumulative update 4 or later when using SQL Server 2019.

Break Link Command

The Dissolve Feature command is consolidated into the Break Link command. The command name no longer changes because of the file type of the 3D Interconnect link.

Updated Algorithm for Calculating the Volume of a Model

Beginning in SOLIDWORKS 2021, an updated algorithm calculates the surface area and volume of a model. The new method is faster and, in many cases, more accurate. This might cause the value to change, even if the same value has been reproducible across multiple releases. The change is more noticeable if you select the Lower (faster) accuracy level in the Mass/Section Property Options dialog box. Select the Higher (slower) accuracy level to yield values closer to the nominal value.

Support for SOLIDWORKS 2007 and Earlier Models with Surface Fill and Related Features

SOLIDWORKS 2007 and earlier allowed unsupported surface fill technology. The software allowed faces that were not G2 continuous at the boundary. This issue was rectified in SOLIDWORKS 2008 and later versions. If you import SOLIDWORKS 2007 and earlier models with surface fill and related features, the software prompts you to update the data if it detects a legacy feature.

You can:
  • Click Update to automatically update the feature data to G2 continuity and prevent a system failure. The update can change the design. The feature can change and downstream features can fail.
  • Click Keep to retain the legacy feature. This maintains the behavior from SOLIDWORKS 2007 and earlier.
This update affects these features:
  • Filled Surface
  • Delete Face with the Delete and Fill option
  • Extruded Surface with the Cap end option
  • Shut-off Surfaces
  • Dome
  • Extrudes created using 3D sketches


Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2021, the SOLIDWORKS Forum add-in is no longer included. You can access the SOLIDWORKS Community from here.


  • The linkage rod connector is available for all simulation study types except the Nonlinear and Thermal studies.
  • The Blended curvature-based mesher does not support the option to enforce common mesh nodes between touching boundaries.
  • The Simulation Sensors dialog box is listed under the System Options menu. In previous releases, it was listed under the Default Options menu.
  • Beginning with SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021, the results tracked by legacy simulation sensors use the number format defined under System Options > Simulation sensors.
  • SOLIDWORKS 2021 is the last release to support the Offloaded Simulation functionality in the SOLIDWORKS Simulation product.


SOLIDWORKS Visualize now facilitates the choice of the appropriate Part grouping mode when importing SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies, the tooltips, order, and naming of the available options are improved. The behavior has not changed.

  • 'Group/Appearance' was renamed to 'Component/Part/Body/Appearance.' This is the default option now.
  • 'Automatic' was renamed to 'Part/Appearance.
Do not use the options Appearance/Layer, Layer, Layer/ Appearance, Flatten, and Retain Structure for SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies.


To render decals correctly in SOLIDWORKS Composer:
  • Use OpenGL version >= 1.3
  • In Application Preferences > Hardware Support, under Graphics, select Enable 3D Open GL hardware acceleration.


The SOLIDWORKS 2022 login has changed from SOLIDWORKS ID to 3DEXPERIENCE ID. In most cases, you can use your current username and password or you can create a new 3DEXPERIENCE ID. With the 3DEXPERIENCE ID login, you can synchronize your SOLIDWORKS settings from one machine to another.

Cavity Features for Multibody Parts

If you used a multibody part as an input to create cavity features in SOLIDWORKS 2021 or earlier, downstream features might fail in SOLIDWORKS 2022 or later because the face IDs of the output bodies might change. To resolve failed features, recreate them by replacing the missing references.

English Description Property Name in Weldment Cut List

When you run SOLIDWORKS in a foreign language environment, you can create the Description property name in English for weldment cut lists. Click Tools > Options > Document Properties > Weldments. Under Cut list options, select Use English Description property name in Weldment Cut list.

You can select this option only when the part does not have any weldment cut list. If a part has a weldment cut list with Description property name in English, newly created cut list will have Description property name in English. If the part has all weldment cut lists with non-English Description property names, newly created cut list will have Description property name in non-English.

Tighter Integrations with the Platform

In the Design with SOLIDWORKS app, there is a tighter integration with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. From the SOLIDWORKS interface, you can open and insert files from your local machine or the platform without opening MySession. The Open from 3DEXPERIENCE and Open from This PC buttons make it easier to switch between interacting with your local machine or the platform. Similarly, the Save to 3DEXPERIENCE and Save to This PC buttons let you pick the location for saving files.


What's New SOLIDWORKS 2022

In SOLIDWORKS 2022 SP0 What's New, the topic, Custom Properties Architecture, mentions an incorrect API method. The correct API method is IModelDocExtension::UpgradeLegacyCustomProperties.

Corrections and Clarifications

  • Installation

    The SOLIDWORKS Installation and Administration Guide inaccurately lists Microsoft SQL Server database versions for SOLIDWORKS PDM and support for Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD client add-ins. For a list of the supported versions and client-add-ins, see the SOLIDWORKS PDM Installation Guide and system requirements.

  • Sustainability

    You cannot request new materials and download updated materials for Sustainability. However, you can still create a custom material and assign a sustainability material to the custom material.

    The topics about Updating the Materials Database and Requesting Materials remain in the documentation.

    When you save Sustainability output as a GaBi file, the output file format has changed from .xml to .txt. The topics for Sustainability Task Pane – Parts and Sustainability Task Pane – Assemblies do not reflect this change.


The 3DEXPERIENCE Exchange add-in lets SOLIDWORKS users safely work with a package of content from a 3DEXPERIENCE source, such as SOLIDWORKS Connected or the Design with SOLIDWORKS app. SOLIDWORKS users can seamlessly open the package, modify files, and return the 3DEXPERIENCE content package to the 3DEXPERIENCE source.

Display Temporary Axis Upon Hover Option

In Tools > Options > System Options > Display, the option Display temporary axes upon hover over cylindrical faces lets you control whether temporary axes appear when you hover over cylindrical faces. The default is enabled.

Service Pack 5.0

There are no items for this service pack.

Service Pack 4.0

Windows Server 2022 Operating System

SOLIDWORKS 2022 SP04 supports Windows Server® 2022.

Service Pack 3.0

There are no items for this service pack.

Service Pack 2.0

Microsoft Office 2021

SOLIDWORKS 2022 supports Microsoft Office 2021.

Microsoft Windows 11 64-Bit

SOLIDWORKS 2022 SP02 includes support for the Microsoft Windows 11 64-bit operating system for all SOLIDWORKS products.

Service Pack 1.0

There are no items for this service pack.