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    SOLIDWORKS Support Volunteer Jeffrey Meyer's Avatar
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    Hi again Floyd.

    This might help:
    http://eaaforums.org/showthread.php?...eferrerid=4242

    Jeffrey

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    Thank you, Jeffery for your responses!! I appreciate the help. I'm trying to do the same thing through the SW User Group Network. As soon as I get any helpful responses, I'll post them to add to the knowledge base here.

    And you are correct not to believe that there are 28 Floyd Hankers out there in the World. The name sounded pretty "crop dusty" to me, so I used it!!

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    SOLIDWORKS Support Volunteer Jeffrey Meyer's Avatar
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    Turns out you can get official support from:

    https://www.solidworks.com/support/student-form

    Can't guarantee that you'll get a quick reply - first-come-first-serve basis, but you'll certainly get a reply, and it will very likely be a good one.

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    Thanks for tracking down that link, Jeff. I've got it bookmarked for the future!!

    I decided to wait for about a week figuring that would be the max time for Dassault/SolidWorks' servers to either delete or overwrite their Temp Folders. And Boom! I was In Like Flint!

    Here's what I've learned after installing, uninstalling and reinstalling: it's best to install the SolidWorks SEK without the PCB add-in. (It's been better, but not a 100% without problems, adding in the PCB by going through either Control Panel>Programs and Features, or through Apps under Settings.)

    For whatever reason, this version of SolidWorks doesn't come with an SQL Server to act as the data base for everything the PCB add-in needs. (Maybe that can be changed next time things are negotiated.) So, one will have to be downloaded. Don't use SQL Server 2019! Way too problematic for a lot of reasons!! The best success was with SQL Server 2014 and make sure you get Service Pack
    3 with it as well. But, who knows how much longer this data base will be supported by Microsoft.

    In any event, here are two links with some solid info:
    This is for installing the Sql Server

    https://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/20...-professional/

    This is for configuring the Server

    https://help.solidworks.com/2020/Eng...sql_server.htm

    Again, I had a better outcome getting SolidWorks installed first without the PCB add-in. Also, everyone should make sure that SolidWorks can find its native data tables, like the Hole Wizard table for example, after the the SQL server is installed.

    Most importantly for everyone also with an SSD harddrive on their computers, if you're wishing to experiment what the number of installs and uninstalls, you'll be cutting down the normal lifespan of the solid state drive by doing this. I did it on purpose knowing the cost of it, so you should as well if you go down this path.

    Thanks again, Jeff. I'll add more if and when I get better answers. Thanks a bunch!!

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