Well, it’s finally happening. We’ve been hearing the swan-song of the 32 bit operating system for some time. In fact, since Windows released its first widely accepted 64 bit option with Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. 64 bit operating systems support more memory (more than just 4GB), they’re more stable, and they offer better performance. Therefore, it makes sense that SolidWorks would abandon the outdated 32 bit architecture on older operating systems after SolidWorks 2014.
What this change after SolidWorks 2014 means for you:
If your current system is a SolidBox, this move away from the 32 bit OS means absolutely nothing. Every workstation bearing the SolidBox name comes standard with a 64 bit operating system, such as Windows 7 Ultimate x64. However, a word of caution before running any version of SolidWorks after SolidWorks 2014 on a 32 bit OS. You should consider an upgrade because SolidWorks 2015 WILL NOT INSTALL on a system relying on a 32 bit OS.
The Good News:
Luckily, SolidWorks 2014 will still support that old 32 bit operating system. Therefore, you have a little over a year before it becomes crunch time. But it begs the question; why would you want to continue using an outdated system with a severely outdated processing architecture?
If you worry that your 32 bit operating system is holding you back, you’re right, it most definitely is. Do you value reliability and performance like we do? Well, step up to the plate and design faster than ever with a brand new, 64 bit SolidBox! Technology is changing and evolving every day. Don’t get caught on the back side of progress.