Hot off my SolidWorks class, I fired up SolidWorks. I was committed to spending a half hour a day on it as my instructor had recommended. Alas, it was not to be. SolidWorks just would not start up. The software kept trying to reconfigure itself many times then ended up asking for CD #1. That was odd because I had installed it from a DVD.
Was it something I had done? All I could think of was changing my IE settings to try to get rid of some spyware. I didn't think that would have any effect on SolidWorks.
Oh, well, looks like it's not going to happen today. My half hour is just about up. I will reinstall the software and try again. Perhaps I'll be better off after a clean install anyway. One tip from my recent class was: install SW when anti-virus software is NOT running. I hadn't done that with the previous installs of SolidWorks. In fact, I never stop the antivirus program. Isn't the point of antivirus programs that they run around the clock? I suppose I can trust that SolidWorks will not introduce any viruses during install but can I can't be sure of every other company?
Note to software vendors: if anti-virus software is a known problem during the install of your software, there should be some mention of it during the installation process. It seems several programs I have installed lately have detected the presence of conflicting software and paused to give a chance to stop it so it does not seem as if I am asking the impossible.