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CorBlimeyLimey (Mechanical) (OP)
13 Feb 09 14:32
Anyone tried to load and run SE (any flavour) on Windows 7 Beta?
Helpful Member!  donyoung (Mechanical)
13 Feb 09 15:02
The CAD is not a playground so one should wait until
the OS is offically supported. You might try at your own
risk but then wait for the final version of W7 and don't
use a beta for this

My 0,02

Helpful Member!  CorBlimeyLimey (Mechanical) (OP)
13 Feb 09 16:04
There's nothing wrong with testing software Beta versions if that's what interests you. I agree it is not advisable to do so in a production environment, but Beta versions need to be tested in a public environment to get the exposure to 'real world' use. If public testing of Beta's was not done, even more bugs would not be discovered till it was too late.

Anyway, the reason I ask is more for a comparative survey. A number of SW users on the official SolidWorks forum are testing SW/Win7 (for whatever reasons) on their home machines. I was just wondering if other mainstream modelling system users were doing the same, and if so, whether their findings were good, bad or indifferent.

I have also posed this question in the Pro/E forum.
PatCouture (Mechanical)
17 Feb 09 7:59

I'll be interested to hear what's the consensus among those who installed W7 Beta so far, Do they like it? What are the shortcomings so far?

I haven't found reviews from cad user yet.


CorBlimeyLimey (Mechanical) (OP)
17 Feb 09 8:16
The general consensus is quite positive. All prefer it over Vista, and some have even said they prefer it over XP.

There were a couple of installation and/or open/save problems with SW, but after workarounds/fixes were applied SW has apparently been working well.
NardoAPC (Mechanical)
28 Feb 09 1:04
I am running se v20 on windows 7 and it doesn't finish the installation. It hangs where it is removing backup files. If you quit the setup there you can still run se but as soon as you install something else it clashes with that setup which is still running in the background and then uninstall se completely. Which is quite irretating. Further it runs like a dream in windows 7. And for the record win 7 is the best windows so far.
CorBlimeyLimey (Mechanical) (OP)
1 Mar 09 11:54

Some SW users had incomplete install problems. Their solution was to download and install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x86) from


Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) from
NardoAPC (Mechanical)
2 Mar 09 23:53
I have downloaded it and installed it and it doesn't work. Even try Visual C++ 2008 and still doesn't work. Have sent UGS an email. Hopefully they can come up with an answer. Will post it as soon as they reply. Thanks in any case.
swertel (Mechanical)
3 Mar 09 8:45
And nVidia just released new drivers for Win7 Beta.


iRocket (Aerospace)
9 May 09 4:09
Fast forward to May 2009, I experimented with Windows7 build 7100 64bit and Solid Edge V20 32bit.  As mentioned in previous posts, the installer hangs and never finishes it's job.  If you bring up the process manager (Ctrl+Alt+delete) and kill anything to do with "printing", such as "printer installer", the process will finalize and you will have a valid installation.  You may want to reboot and restart Solid Edge to verify a valid install. My understanding is the V20 64 bit installs well with the same trick, but refuses to run after reboot.  I wonder what was UGS response to NardoAPC.  By the way I think it is not Windows7 causing this problem, my NEi-Nastran V9.2 X86 refuses to install searching for XP sp1, or Vista.  Apparently installer programs are the root of these problems.
NardoAPC (Mechanical)
10 May 09 0:44
UGS came back to me and said it is OS problems, but about 1 month ago W7 did an update of sorts while I was sleeping and I try to install the next morning and it works perfect now. No problems what so ever. Will check which update it did and post it.
PatCouture (Mechanical)
12 May 09 8:43
I'm sorry for the stupid question, But If I want to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 7, Will I be able to use my solid edge license on both platform?

Personnaly I think there won't be any problem since the license is attached to the hard drive but I still want to check.


CorBlimeyLimey (Mechanical) (OP)
12 May 09 9:55
Pat ... the licence is more likely 'attached' to the CPU rather than the HDD.

If you are intending to dual boot with W7, I would recommend using a separate HDD instead of a partition.

Although the following link is for SW, it may help;
PatCouture (Mechanical)
12 May 09 10:19
Thanks for the precision CorBlimeyLimey.

The link to dezignstuff was a good read.

I think I will stay away from the dual boot though. I'm still too much of a novice with computers to get into this.

Thanks again.

Gemnoc (Mechanical)
13 May 09 2:34
I don't know about the floating licenses, but the node-locked licences are tied to the HDD number. So no separate HDD if you have a node-locked license and want to dual boot.

One thing that is coming along with the official release of Windows7 is XP Mode. It is an XP virtual machine based on MS VirtualPC, and includes an XP SP3 licence. It will be available as free download with Pro, Enterprise and Ultimate versions. It will allow XP apps to run in Seven. More details in this article:

@ Pat

try dual-booting Windows and Linux. blllttt
(it is surprisingly easy to set up BTW)

I've been running WinXP and Ubuntu (a Linux distro) at home for the past 18 months. Tried to install SE V20 and ST in Ubuntu with Wine, a software layer that allows some Windows programs to run on Linux, but without luck.(most CAD apps won't run: wine development is done mostly on games and graphics apps)

I dream of freeing myself completely of Microsoft, but it seems it ain't happening anytime soon, except if I change my line of work! blllttt

Gemnoc (Mechanical)
14 May 09 20:43
Just wanted to add some more info on XP Mode.

After reading a little more about it, I don't think it's going to be of use for CAD apps that wouldn't run on Windows 7. I'm pretty sure all it does for video is emulate a basic and generic video card, it won't be able to address the physical video card on the host machine (no virtualization software can at the moment, to my limited knowledge). And one reviewer said he didn't find any setting to control how much memory to allow to the emulated video card.

I don't understand why MS chose the virtualization way to run Win XP apps. It seems to me adding a compatibility software layer to Windows 7 would have been more sensible, and would have needed much less overhead.
Schipperus (Mechanical)
6 Aug 09 3:29
Hi All,

a few weeks ago I installed Solid Edge ST on Windows 7. Must say it works very good, just had to do some tweaking to get it installed:

Installation will stall. Open task manager and kill the process printerinstaller and Installation will end.
Same for the Maintenance Packs.

Have fun testing. I'm hoping ST2 will support Windows 7, so we can swap OS's...

IJsbrand Schipperus

Visualise your vision... in 3D

donyoung (Mechanical)
6 Aug 09 3:41
> ST2 will support Windows 7

no, also it might run. ST3 might be the first that is certified to run under W7.
BTW: neither SE version has ever supported(!) an OS winky smile

Schipperus (Mechanical)
7 Aug 09 6:08
Thanks DY,

Correction: I hope ST2 will be supported on Windows 7.

Sorry to hear it won't... I'm sick of installing XP, Vista is slow, Windows 7 would be a relief.

IJsbrand Schipperus

Visualise your vision... in 3D

Helpful Member!(2)  Mario89 (Industrial)
28 Aug 09 11:35
Hello to all.
This is my first post here.
I apologize for English, I am Brazilian and I do not know speak very well.

  I also had problems in the W7 with Solid Edge ST but I managed to solve.
  - Upon installation, the end, when it crashes press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC, will enter the task manager. Tab finalize the process "PrinterInstaller.exe" will release the installation window to click on finish.

  - The problem with the templates in the initial screen is only set up the shortcut to start SE in compatibility mode with Windows XP (Service Pack3).

  I hope I have helped.

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