This guide will describe how to install Solidworks 2008 on a 64 bit operating system. This has been tested on Windows 7 Professional x64 and with Solidworks 2008 SP4.0.
Update (Dec 8, 2009): I know that there is a copy of Solidworks 2008 that was released for 64 bit operating systems, but this article is talking purely about getting the 32 bit copy to work. Also, there are also other distributions of Solidworks 2008 available, but this article is only concerned with the “Solidworks 2008 SP3.0 w/ COSMOS” on PirateBay, which I am not going to link to.
- Download and Install Orca MSI Editor.
- link: http://www.technipages.com/download-orca-msi-editor.html
- its use should be very straight forward
- Open English_i386_Solidworks.MSI inside the Solidworks set up files. It should be in “Solidworks 2008 Office Premium SP 3.0 w COSMOSswwidata”
- this file is included in the Pirate Bay release of Solidworks 2008 SP3.0 w/ COSMOS
- Under “LaunchCondition”, change the “Not” to an “Or” in the line that has a description saying “x64 operating systems are incompatible/not supported”
- Disable any anti-virus programs
- I’ve never had an anti-virus program cause any problems until now. I had Bitdefender 2010 on my computer and it caused the installation to hang.
- Install Solidworks and apply the updates
- DO NOT CRACK THE PROGRAM YET
- Find the crack files for the most recent version of SolidWorks 2008 installed. I used SP4.0
- Move ibfs32.dll to “C:WindowsSysWOW64”
- this folder doesn’t exist on x86 systems. I believe that this folder above contains system files necessary for 32 bit apps to operate
- the dll file should be included in the Solidworks release
- Open the “.reg” file included with the crack with Notepad
- Under “[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE…]”, add “Wow6432Node” after “Software” so it says “…SoftwareWow6432NodeFLEXlm…”
- apparently 32 bit apps have their own place in the registry and it is not mixed with the registry keys of x64 apps
- Create directory “C:Program FilesSolidworks” and put the solidworks license file inside.
- the license file has extension “.lic”
- for the SP4.0 update, the license file was called “sw2008.lic”
- other releases have a similar filename, but the “.lic” should give it away
- the registry keys tell Solidworks to look in that directory for the license file. The program itself was installed in “Program Files (x86)” so the folder had to be created