Upgrade Your Toolbox in SOLIDWORKS PDM
This document is intended for CAD Administrators that need to upgrade the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox that is contained within a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault, but without using the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. This could be due to a few circumstances, including using Administrative Images, or the desire to not upgrade the Toolbox until all client installations are completed. In this guide we will show you how to upgrade the toolbox in an existing SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault. This process will need to be followed whenever you are upgrading the SOLIDWORKS version on the client systems.
Note: Retain this folder until your Toolbox upgrade is complete and validated. We also recommend that you retain this folder for some time following the upgrade, should additional issues arise.
Note: If the location is incorrect in the step above you will not be able to correct the location within SOLIDWORKS, as it will return an error stating that you are pointing to an incorrect Toolbox version. This can be corrected, but you will need to edit values in the registry. Editing the registry can be potentially harmful to the machine, and a backup of the registry should be performed prior to editing. The backup can be performed via Right-click > Export. MLC CAD Systems holds no liability for incorrectly editing the registry. If you feel unsure about these steps, then please reach out to one of our experienced SOLIDWORKS Support Technicians here: https://mlc-cad.com/technical-support/
Note: This may take some time to complete and the ‘Update Toolbox Database’ dialog will automatically close when this process completes.
The Toolbox/Hole Wizard data is now upgraded and ready to use!
About the author
Stephen Moore is an Elite Application Expert for MLC CAD Systems and is based in Houston, TX. For the past 12 years, Stephen has supported the SolidWorks Community by providing Unbeatable Service to existing and new users alike. Stephen is passionate about design & manufacturing technologies and enjoys helping companies in every industry to overcome their individual set of challenges in today’s competitive economy.