Beta 2005 install issues?

Hi folks as the Beta program looms and I am thinking about where I will install this it occurs to me to ask if anyone has had problems in the past
with Betas messing up their PC. ?? and also if there were any issues with uninstalling at the end. ?? registry troubles ?? any advice appreciated. thanks Neil
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I've never had any problems with SW beta's installation messing up my other installs. However there are a couple of things to remember
Make sure you install it into a different directory. DONT do an upgrade from an existing installation. Make sure you have everything, and I mean everything backed up that you normally use with earlier versions. You WILL NOT be able to go back after saving stuff in 2005.
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Neil,
I would certainly be interested in an answer to this myself. It didn't seem like the WI installer would support installing two different versions of SW on the same machine very well. Installing SP's to two different WI versions is another potential nightmare.
Regards
Mark

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the sort of issues I am thinking about for example are Bluebeam files and add-ins dropdown list. I see Toolbox and other common files are mentioned on the beta website.
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The safest way to do this is either use a seperate machine or use a dual booty. Installing beta software on a production box is dicey.
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This is a topic that has almost been beaten to death but it is always nice to help out.
The easiest thing to do is have a second hard drive (seperate from the production version of SolidWorks you use) and install "A NEW INSTALLATION" on that hard drive. Put the common files, Toolbox, edrawings, viewer, etc...on that hardrive.
I have never had a problem with a Beta when using this method.
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well I am not sure about this but it seems to me that this being the second year Bluebeam has been around that 2005 will over write 2004 because it is spread around my pc including some on c:\ so even if I had another drive it wouldn't matter? as it is I have a dual install of 2003/2004. perhaps I should contact SW and get an official view on these matters.
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Neil,
The beta download will likely come with some instructions on installation.
Richard
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