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Q: Why is the SolidWorks Installation Manager blank when I run setup.exe?


Windows can block files that it thinks may be malicious. This same security feature can cause the SolidWorks installation manager to not work properly.

To fix the issue, you will need to unblock the .zip file before the installation files are extracted.

  1. Navigate to the SOLIDWORKS Download .zip file. It will be named something similar to
  2. Right click on the .zip file and select Properties.
  3. On the General tab select the Unblock option.
  4. Then unzip the file to extract your installer and associated files.
    Result: The installer should run properly and no longer appear blank.

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June 21, 2018

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  1. Jul 06, 2017


    To unblock the files without having to re-extract the 12G zip file I was able to use the following powershell command;

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