How to Upgrade SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Manually

If you upgraded SOLIDWORKS to the next major version and your Toolbox is managed on a network location which was not updated, or maybe you forgot to upgrade your local Toolbox after upgrading to a new major version, then you may see the warning ‘The Hole Wizard and Advance Hole Database is not the expected version…’ This warning indicates the database which manages Hole Wizard and Toolbox has not been versioned properly and needs to be updated to the same major version as SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard Version is not version expected

Manual Upgrade Step 1: Backup the Hole Wizard/Toolbox Folder

The first step is to ensure you create a copy of your entire Hole Wizard/Toolbox folder prior to upgrading. The default name of the Hole Wizard/Toolbox folder is ‘SOLIDWORKS data’ and is installed at C:\SOLIDWORKS Data.

Manual Upgrade Step 2: Launch the Upgrade Utility

The next step is to update the actual database. SOLIDWORKS installations include an upgrade utility to perform the upgrade.

Run SOLIDWORKS Toolbox as Administrator

Manual Upgrade Step 3: Upgrade the Database

In the newly opened dialog, for the Database to Update, ensure the location is set to the correct swbroswer.sldedb (the default location is C:\SOLIDWORKS Data\lang\\swbrowser.sldedb).

Don’t be confused by the database version numbers. In the example image below:

SOLIDWORKS Database Version

Click the Update button to update the database. This process may take a few seconds or a few minutes depending on the size and version of your Toolbox.

Once the process is complete, an UpdateBrowserDataErrors.txt file is created in C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\Toolbox\data utilities. Review the text file for any errors.

Step 4: Upgrade the Toolbox Content

This next utility will upgrade the engineering standards used by Hole Wizard/Toolbox to their latest versions.

Update SOLIDWORKS toolbox content

Step 5: Verify the Hole Wizard/Toolbox File Path in SOLIDWORKS

Once complete, verify your Hole Wizard/Toolbox file fie path is configured to the updated SOLIDWORKS data folder in SOLIDWORKS by selecting Tools > Options > System Options > Hole Wizard/Toolbox. The default location is C:\SOLIDWORKS Data.

Click here to watch a short 3-minute tech tip video of the Toolbox upgrade process.

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