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.
- 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 COSMOS\swwi\data”
- 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