“A Newer Version of This Product is Already Installed” Error when Installing SOLIDWORKS

If you are trying to install SOLIDWORKS and you get the error “A Newer version of This Application is already Installed. Installation stopped …” then this article is for you.

A newer version of SOLIDWORKS has already been installed

This error appears when updating, modifying, or installing an older version of SOLIDWORKS after installing SOLIDWORKS 2021 SP2 software. The issue occurs because of a change in the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) version 7.1, introduced in the SOLIDWORKS 2021 SP2 software. Earlier versions of the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager installer do not recognize the new VBA 7.1 components. Therefore, the installer starts a new installation of the older version of the program. The new VBA 7.1 installation then blocks the software installation.

To resolve this error, perform the following steps:

a. Download the attached file “Uninstall_VBA.txt”.
b. Rename the file to “Uninstall_VBA.bat”. You might need to show file name extensions if they are not showing already.
c. Right-click the “Uninstall_VBA.bat” file and then click “Run as administrator”.

Run as administrator

As always, if MLC CAD Systems is your reseller, feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to assist further if needed.

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