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SOLIDWORKS and Windows 10 Compatibility

Tuesday October 6, 2015 at 9:30am None
Following Microsoft's Announcement to release Windows 10 in July this year, the SOLIDWORKS plan for supporting Windows 10 is explained in this blog.

When Microsoft announced the roll out plans for Windows 10, we had a number of calls from Customers asking about the future compatibility of that platform with SOLIDWORKS. With the new Operating System (OS) unreleased, SOLIDWORKS were unable to announce the official timeframe for Support and we chose to email all our Customers advising them to hold back from upgrading their OS to Windows 10, or from buying any new hardware that came pre-installed with Windows 10. 

With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 imminent, SOLIDWORKS have now updated the system requirements page to include the following information regarding Windows 10. 

  • SOLIDWORKS 2014 (Education Version 2014-2015): Not supported under Windows 10
  • SOLIDWORKS 2015 (Education Version 2015-2016):  Service Pack 5 will support Windows 10
  • SOLIDWORKS 2016 (Education Version 2016-2017): Service Pack 0 will support Windows 10

As with all previous Operating systems, Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go versions are not supported.

We have however, had a few Customers upgrade to, or purchase new Hardware that came with Windows 10 and many have reported some problems running SOLIDWORKS 2015. One particular problem appears to be when a user ‘double clicks’ a file to open it. We have found that in this situation running SOLIDWORKS in Compatibility Mode for Windows 7 / 8 ensures that the issue can be avoided. It is worth noting however that Compatibility Mode has other impacts on the OS and program which can effect speed and performance.

To set compatibility mode. Close SOLIDWORKS then browse to the SOLIDWORKS desktop / menu shortcut and inspect its ‘Properties’. Switch to the Compatibility Tab and select a version of the Operating System that is supported.


Wayne Marshall

Customer Support Manager

Solid Solutions Management Ltd

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