I recently got the Vex Starter Kit which came with the Solidworks Student Design Kit 2007 CAD software. I wanted to install it on my computer for obvious reasons, but when I did the installer told me that my operating system was incompatible with the program. This happened to me twice.
I have Windows Vista 32-bit on all of my computers and the system requirements do say that I need Windows XP for this program. However, this is the first program that I have ever seen that, while requiring XP, rejected Vista during installation. All of my other XP programs have worked just fine on Windows Vista.
I was wondering if there was a version of this program that is compatible for Windows Vista.
I’ve tried both running it in compatibility mode and running it as administrator, but I’ve discovered that, for no obvious reason, I can only read the disc once or twice before my computer just stops loading up the installer. To load it up again I have to restart my computer…
Try disabling UAC and autorun. Then insert the disc, browser to that drive, and then launch Setup.exe or autorun manually. If that still doesn’t work, start disabling all kinds of stuff in Vista from the Sidebar to Aero save system resources if the “Windows Experience” thing isn’t that high. Also, some Firewalls may screw with autorun/Setup scrips, so you may have to disable those or allow an exception in those to.
I’ve gotten SolidWorks 2007 Student Edition (on Vista) working fine on two different computers (although ironically both Vista and SolidWorks run best on my iMac…).