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SolidWorks 2011 SP0 was just made available for download at the SolidWorks Customer Portal. If you have a current Subscription service contract the download will be available to you. Before running out and upgrading I wanted to share 5 things that you should do prior to installing. Even if you or your company is not ready to migrate production work to the new version, its a good idea to test out this new version on your data. SolidWorks and the Beta Testers check out the new code with a lot of designs, but not necessarily your designs.
Backup - Backup your Toolbox. It gets migrated during installation and once its converted it can't be used in your old version. I would also reccomend backing up your settings using the "Copy Settings Wizard." And most importantly make sure you have backups of any data prior to migrating it to 2011.
This is not a comprehensive check list. I intended only to address some of the most obvious things that a lot of people miss. Let me know what you think should be on the list. We'll be publishing a more comprehensive check list shortly.
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