Please be aware of some of the important software support changes that are associated with the release of SW 2010.
Operating System Support for SolidWorks, Simulation and PDM Product lines:
- Windows XP – Microsoft officially retired Windows XP in April of 2009. SolidWorks 2010 will continue to support Windows XP (32 and 64 bit versions) excluding operating systems related issues or fixes. This level of support will continue through at least one release following SolidWorks 2010. After that in conjunction with Microsoft’s support policies, only Windows Vista and Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit versions) will be supported.
- Windows 7 – SolidWorks will support the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system as part of its SolidWorks 2010 release. Right now Microsoft’s published release date for Windows 7 is Oct 22nd. Based on this information the earliest version of SolidWorks 2010 that could support the Windows 7 operating system will be SP1. A confirmation email will be sent out once a final date is determined.
- PhotoWorks Announcement – Beginning with SolidWorks 2011, PhotoView 360 will be the standard photorealistic rendering solution moving forward. PhotoWorks™ will no longer be available. At SolidWorks 2011, SolidWorks and PhotoView 360 will provide the same rendering capabilities that are now available in PhotoWorks.