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Deactivate with the magic of the Activation Wizard

It’s an exciting day when you install SOLIDWORKS on your brand new computer.  But the day takes a dark toll when you realize you forgot to deactivate before uninstalling on your old computer.  Do you really have to download and install SOLIDWORKS on the old computer just to deactivate the license?  But that will take so much time that you don’t have!  Well, never fear!  SOLIDWORKS has a tool called the Activation Wizard.  This useful tool allows you to deactivate licenses on a computer even if SOLIDWORKS isn’t installed.  It is really simple to use too!

First, you need to download and install the Activation Wizard using your Customer Portal account.  Here is another blog on how to make an account if you don’t have one:  How to Create a Customer Portal Account.  Once you have logged in, under the Downloads section, select Downloads and Updates.

Customer Portal Downloads

You will need to select a version to install.  This will be the version of SOLIDWORKS that was uninstalled from the old computer.  Then select SW Activation Wizard Product.

Activation Wizard Download

Once it is installed you can run the program.  The Activation Wizard can be found under the Start MenuAll ProgramsSOLIDWORKS XXXX, then SOLIDWORKS Tools.

Now to Deactivate! Show activated product license information will show the products that are currently active on the computer.  Move your product license(s) to a new/upgraded computer will deactivate your licenses.  You will want to select this option, then click Next.

Deactivate a product license

Select All of the products to deactivate.  You will want to deactivate Automatically over the Internet.  Then select Next.

products to deactivate

Lastly, you’ll get a message that will say Deactivation succeeded.  Now you can activate on your new computer!  Please let us know if you have any issues.  You can submit a case here.

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