Check the instructions below to reset your SOLIDWORKS settings to factory default settings. This can be done either permanently or temporarily when it is needed to test if some specific issue is caused by the settings or settings have become corrupt.
1. Shut down SOLIDWORKS.
2. Launch Windows Registry Editor by typing the text regedit in Windows Search field and selecting "Regedit"/"Registry Editor" as seen in picture below. Alternatively you can launch Windows Registry Editor by navigating to folder C:\Windows and double-clicking the file regedit.exe.
3. Explorer the Registry Editor tree and find the registry key named ”HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Solidworks” and rename this registry key to another name, such as ”Solidworks_old”.
4. Close Windows Registry Editor. Now SOLIDWORKS settings have been reset to factory default settings.
REVERTING BACK TO PREVIOUS SETTINGS
When you want to revert SOLIDWORKS software back to previous settings, follow these instructions:
1. Close SOLIDWORKS.
2. Launch Windows Registry Editor as instructed above.
3. Find the registry key named ”HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Solidworks” and delete it.
4. Rename the previously renamed registry key ("solidworks_old") back to original name ”Solidworks”.
Note: If you get an error "The Registry Editor cannot rename solidworks. The specified key already exists...", this is caused because there is some background process (usually SOLIDWORKS Background Downloader, SOLIDWORKS PDM etc.) running. In that case shut down that process via Windows System Tray, then delete the key "solidworks" and rename the key "solidworks_old" to "solidworks".
5. Close Windows Registry Editor. Now SOLIDWORKS is using the previous settings.