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Why do I need to upgrade from Windows 7?
Keep your company and your designs safe

In short, now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional. Your machines will continue to run Windows 7 but Microsoft will not provide security updates for Windows 7 from 14th of January 2020. This means if you don’t upgrade then your design data will be exposed to greater risk from malicious threats such as viruses and ransomware.

How do I know which version of Windows I am running?

The Easiest way is to navigate to the windows Control Panel, and double left click on “System” (may be under the “System and Security” sub heading)

How much does it cost to update Windows?

Officially from Microsoft the cost for Windows 10 Professional is £220. However, depending on your license it may have included the license to upgrade to Windows 10, check with your hardware supplier and you may find it cheaper elsewhere just ensure it is a legitimate license/seller.

How much does it cost to get the latest version of SOLIDWORKS?

SOLIDWORKS software updates are included as part of any SOLIDWORKS subscription. If you are already on subscription then you can access the latest downloads here, otherwise please fill in the form above of get in touch with us to discuss different subscription options.

When will Windows 10 end support?

Currently Microsoft have said they do not plan to release a new version of Windows and instead they will keep updating Windows 10. Currently this is two major updates per year so if you keep up to date it will remain supported. Older versions of Windows 10 will gradually lose support.

What are the advantages to upgrading?

We realize this deadline from Microsoft may seem like bad news, but upgrading brings plenty of benefits. Aside from the security and new features in Windows 10 there have also been hundreds of great enhancements to SOLIDWORKS in recent years. Check out our what’s new pages for more details on the highlights.

Since 2015 SP5.0 we’ve also seen the introduction of entire new SOLIDWORKS packages, including:

What about SOLIDWORKS?

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5 and newer support Windows 10 Professional, which means if you’re running an older version of SOLIDWORKS you’ll need to upgrade. However as Microsoft updates Windows 10 every six months with major updates we cannot guarantee any SOLIDWORKS software versions outside the current support cycle will function on the latest versions of Windows 10.

To avoid issues and potential downtime you are best keeping to a recent SOLIDWORKS edition. For instance, SOLIDWORKS 2019 ends its support life cycle at the end of 2020 after this no fixes will be made to account for issues caused by Windows updates.

If you decide to continue using Windows 7 then not only will you be exposed to security threats but you will not be able to install SOLIDWORKS 2021 and beyond. Consider what other companies in your supply chain are doing, SOLIDWORKS collaboration is the most seamless when everyone uses the same version. If they all upgrade, you may become the weak link!


While you may be able to update your current hardware, if things don’t go smoothly in the upgrade you may experience downtime and there may not be drivers for your hardware on Windows 10 potentially causing issues or not functional components on this new Operating System.

Given the age of the Windows 7, your hardware may be of an age where a hardware upgrade will be a better option as you are likely to see a significant performance improvement.

We supply SOLIDWORKS certified Dell Precision Hardware at a heavily discounted level for our customers we also have additional discounts until the end of January to help with this transition. Contact your account manager for a quote for additional discount vs our standard pricing.

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If you’re looking to upgrade your software, hardware or simply need to find out more one of our team will be able to assist you. Simply fill in the form below.