How to Install SolidWorks 2012 64 Bit on Windows 8
SolidWorks is a popular CAD software that allows you to create, edit and simulate 3D models of various objects and systems. If you have a 64-bit computer running Windows 8, you might wonder how to install SolidWorks 2012 on your system. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to install SolidWorks 2012 64 bit on Windows 8.
Step 1: Check the System Requirements
Before you start the installation process, you need to make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for SolidWorks 2012. According to the official website[^1^], these are:
Processor: 64-bit; Intel or AMD
RAM: 16 GB or more
Graphics: Certified cards and drivers
Drives: SSD drives recommended for optimal performance
Operating System: Windows 8, 64-bit
You can check your system specifications by right-clicking on My Computer and selecting Properties. You can also use a tool like Speccy to get more detailed information about your hardware.
Step 2: Download SolidWorks 2012
Once you have verified that your system meets the requirements, you need to download SolidWorks 2012 from the official website[^2^]. You will need to log in with your SOLIDWORKS ID credentials or create a new account if you don't have one. After logging in, you will see a list of available versions and service packs. Select SolidWorks 2012 and click on Download.
You will be prompted to choose a download method. You can either use the Installation Manager, which will guide you through the installation process, or download individual files, which will require manual extraction and installation. We recommend using the Installation Manager for convenience and reliability.
Step 3: Run the Installation Manager
After downloading the Installation Manager, run it as an administrator by right-clicking on it and selecting Run as administrator. You will see a welcome screen with some options. Choose Individual (on this computer) and click Next.
You will then see a screen where you can enter your serial number for SolidWorks. If you don't have one, you can request a trial version or use an educational license if you are eligible. Enter your serial number and click Next.
The Installation Manager will then check for updates and download any necessary files. This may take some time depending on your internet speed and connection. After the download is complete, click Next.
Step 4: Customize the Installation
You will then see a screen where you can customize the installation options. You can choose which products to install, such as SolidWorks, SolidWorks Simulation, SolidWorks Toolbox, etc. You can also change the installation location and create shortcuts. Make sure to check the box that says Enable performance email if you want to receive tips and tricks on how to improve your performance with SolidWorks.
After customizing the installation options, click Next.
Step 5: Start the Installation
You will then see a summary of your installation settings. Review them carefully and click Install Now to start the installation process. The Installation Manager will show you the progress of the installation and notify you when it is complete.
Step 6: Activate SolidWorks
After the installation is complete, you need to activate SolidWorks before you can use it. You can do this by clicking on Activate/Reactivate your product license(s) on the Installation Manager or by launching SolidWorks and following the activation wizard. You will need to enter your serial number again and verify your email address. After activating SolidWorks, you can start using it on your Windows 8 system. aa16f39245