I've seen false errors when opening a file from SolidWorks through the
application in service pack 3.0. Try and double click the file from Windows
Explorer and see if you get the errors still. My workaround for that
Use the SW conversion wizard, before opening the SW documents, this solves a
lot of problems.
You can use it on Pdmworks's vault also, if you have Pdmworks on a server or
another machine just map the vault folder, then the conversion wizard will
Warning!!! if you have a large vault, run the conversion wizard over night,
remembering to disable your screen savers,power saving settings and disable
SP4.0 is presenting NO such problem here on multiple seats of
I don't understand why anyone would see the need to use the conversion
wizard on files when upgrading from SP3.1 to 4.0?
Frankly, I see no pressing need for running files through the
conversion wizard - even when upgrading from one major version of
SolidWorks to the next. The primary advantage with having all legacy
files pre-converted by the wizard (prior to opening in the new version
program) is that the conversion time is not spent while they are
initially opened in SolidWorks.
I will say that it's often best to open legacy files in the new version
and then save them (in their converted form) prior to beginning any
extensive work with them; however, the conversion wizard isn't required
for this and isn't absolutely necessary.
Over the years I have never had a problem with opening any legacy
SolidWorks file with a newer version of the program, even after having
skipped using the conversion wizard for numerous version upgrades
(while certain native files have just sat idle and unconverted the
whole time. I'm not saying there haven't been occasions when previously
error-free files have become flagged with problems (due to new program
code); however, such errors (in my view) are not related to having used
the conversion wizard or not...
Per O. Hoel
John Layne wrote:
Wow you do have a slow system!
My entire vault, (3 years 3 people's work), took just 5 hours 30 mins to
You asked for help and I gave you a possible answer, sorry you didn't like
it, but hey, I am only trying to help you
Yes I agree with you totally, that you should not have to run anything, to
open the documents correctly on a new service pack.
But then I think SW should work period, lol
Sigh!, maybe one day it will! :-)
If you find the answer to your problem, put a post on here to let the rest
of us know, Thanks
Power to the people!
I stopped the upgradesto SP4 after the first workstation. All the
others will stay at 3.1 until a better SP comes out. Meanwhile my
worstation won't do SolidWorks work unless it's very basic parts.
I tried a rollback (supposed to be the advantage of Windows Installer)
but that doesn't seem to work when it was installed from an
administrative image. Too time consuming anyway... I'm tired of
spending days every month supporting this software. SolidWorks, please
don't release ANYTHING for a full year and then put out the most stable
and bug-free CAD software that ever existed...please, please, please.