How to Manually Update SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

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Rajnish Tyagi, Application Engineer Jun 5th, 2024

Are you encountering errors after updating your SOLIDWORKS version and finding that your existing toolbox isn’t up to date? This problem often arises when your toolbox is not in the default location but stored on a server or network drive. Fear not! This blog will guide you through the process of manually updating your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox to resolve this issue.

Step 1: Backup Your Existing Toolbox Before diving into the update process, it’s essential to safeguard your existing Hole Wizard and toolbox database. Navigate to the SOLIDWORKS data folder (typically located at C:\SOLIDWORKS Data 2023) and make a backup of the entire folder.

Step 2: Update Toolbox Database

  • Locate the toolbox/data utilities folder within the SOLIDWORKS installation directory (usually found at C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\Toolbox\data utilities).
  • Right-click on UpdateBrowserDatabase.exe and select “Run as administrator.”
  • A popup will appear displaying the current database version and the updated version. Click on the “Update” button to initiate the database update process. Depending on the size and version of your toolbox, this may take a few minutes.
  • Once the update is complete, a file named UpdateBrowserDataErrors.txt will be generated in the same location (C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\Toolbox\data utilities).

Step 3: Update Toolbox

  • Browse to the default installation location of SOLIDWORKS (C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS) and locate sldtoolboxupdater.exe.
  • Right-click on sldtoolboxupdater.exe and select “Run as administrator.”
  • A popup window for toolbox updates will appear. Click on “Show Completed Updates” and then hit the “Process” button.

Step 4: Verify Toolbox LocationAfter completing the update process, double-check that your Hole Wizard and Toolbox file locations are correct. If needed, configure the updated SOLIDWORKS data folder in SOLIDWORKS by following these steps:

  • Open SOLIDWORKS and go to Tools > Options > System Options > Hole Wizard/Toolbox.
  • Configure the location to point to the updated SOLIDWORKS data folder (e.g., C:\SOLIDWORKS Data 2023).
  • Restart SOLIDWORKS to apply the changes.

By following these steps, you can manually update your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox and ensure that it remains compatible with your updated SOLIDWORKS version, eliminating any errors or compatibility issues.

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AUTHOR: Rajnish Tyagi, Application Engineer

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