18 years ago
installs of SolidWorks 2004 on my computer so I
could have the different service packs available
at all times like I've always done in the past.
Being able to uninstall an SP is such a moot point
to me since hard disk space is cheap and plentiful.
Just install SolidWorks in a new folder and patch
that. What's the big deal? If you want to go back
to SP0, it's still on your computer. Just click on
the icon! Gee wiz!!
Of course the new Windows Installer prohibits this
ability so I decided to try some registry hacking.
Here is what I did and I don't recommend that any-
one do this on a work computer since I have no
idea what problems this can cause.
Note: I selected "New Installation" and enabled
"Customize" (so I could edit the install folders).
First I installed SW2004 in a folder called
"SolidWorks 2004 SP0" and for the common folder
I used "Solidworks Data 2004 SP0". I'm keeping
things separated in case future service packs
change something here.
Next I went into my registry and went to...
Once there I found a bunch of folders with
long names like "B6E129E41FFC10..."
I highlighted each one and looked for the one that
had "SolidWorks 2004" in the ProductName field
I right-clicked the folder and hit "Rename" and
added "OLD" to the end of it.
Once I did that I was able to pop my install CD in
and install a brand new installation. This time I
installed in folders called 2004 SP2 (I'm skipping
SP1 for now).
After a successful install, I ran the Service Pack
to upgrade the SP2 folder install to SP2.
Now I have two working installs of SolidWorks 2004
on my system! One is SP0 and the other is SP2.
I'm guessing that if I really want to uninstall
a previous version, I simply re-name the reg key
back to what it was, but I don't know if that will
If anyone thinks I'm out of my mind, or if you see
something disastrous in all this, please let me know!
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