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How to Deactivate a SOLIDWORKS License

Mike Dady on July 19, 2017 at 12:55 PM

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Over time computer hardware gets old, and as a result it needs to be replaced. Although new gear can be exciting, it comes with the hassle of transferring your software. When we change the hardware running SOLIDWORKS, be it a client with a stand-alone license or a server running the SolidNetWork License Manager, it will require us to deactivate the serial number used for the installation.

In this blog post, I'll give you step-by-step directions on how to deactivate your SOLIDWORKS license. 

  • PART 1: Deactivating a Stand-Alone License (SOLIDWORKS Installed)
  • PART 2: Deactivating a Network License on a SolidNetWork License Manager Server (SOLIDWORKS License Manager Installed)
  • PART 3: Deactivating a Stand-Alone License or Network License (SOLIDWORKS Product Uninstalled)

PART 1: Deactivating a Stand-Alone License (SOLIDWORKS Installed)

STEP 1: Open the latest version of SOLIDWORKS installed on your computer. This can be done using the Desktop Shortcut or the Start Menu.

STEP 2: Select the Help Menu then Deactivate Licenses.

Deactivating Your SOLIDWORKS License Guide

STEP 3: Choose Select All from the SOLIDWORKS Product Activation Window, verify the e-mail address is correct, and hit Next.

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STEP 4: Upon successful completion, a window should appear stating the Deactivation Succeeded. Select Finish.

 Deactivating Your SOLIDWORKS License Guide

PART 2: Deactivating a Network License on a SolidNetWork License Manager Server (SOLIDWORKS License Manager Installed)

STEP 1: Open the SolidNetWork License Manager. Browse the Start Menu into the SOLIDWORKS folder then SOLIDWORKS Tools folder and select SolidNetwork License Manager.

Deactivating Your SOLIDWORKS License Guide


STEP 2: Select the Server Administration tab.

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STEP 3: Choose Modify to access the Deactivation.

Deactivating Your SOLIDWORKS License Guide

STEP 4: Select Move your product license(s) to a new/upgraded computer and hit Next.

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STEP 5: Verify that the listed Serial Number(s) and e-mail address are correct, then continue by clicking Select All and Next

Deactivating Your SOLIDWORKS License Guide

STEP 6: Upon successful completion, a window should appear stating the Deactivation Succeeded. Select Finish.

 Deactivating Your SOLIDWORKS License Guide

PART 3: Deactivating a Stand-Alone License or Network License (SOLIDWORKS Product Uninstalled)

STEP 1: Log in to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. If a Customer Portal Account has not been created see our Alignex Quick Guide to Creating a Customer Portal which shows you how to access your account and remove any padlocks.

STEP 2: Select Downloads and Updates from the main page after login.

Deactivating Your SOLIDWORKS License Guide

STEP 3: Choose the SW Activation Wizard and save the file to the computer.

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STEP 4: Select Show in folder to show the file in the save location.

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STEP 5: Right-mouse click the file and choose Run as Administrator.

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STEP 6: Choose Unzip.

 Deactivating Your SOLIDWORKS License Guide

STEP 7: Select OK twice.

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STEP 8: Choose Next twice.

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STEP 9: Select Install.

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STEP 10: Choose Finish.

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STEP 11: From the Start Menu > Recently added Choose SOLIDWORKS Activation Wizard.

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STEP 12: Select Move your product license(s) to a new/upgraded computer and hit Next.

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STEP 13: Choose Select All from the SOLIDWORKS Product Activation Window, verify the e-mail address is correct, and hit Next.

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STEP 14: Upon successful completion, a window should appear stating the Deactivation Succeeded. Select Finish.

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Thanks for reading and we hope you found this post helpful in your SOLIDWORKS deactivation! You can also download the Alignex Guide to Deactivate License PDF, as well as our other helpful guides in the Technical Support Documents section on our website.

Also, don't forget to subscribe to the Alignex Blog to stay up-to-date with the world of SOLIDWORKS. 

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