We have our system set to clear out student profiles every time they log out to try keep hard disk clear. This means that when they log back in and run Solidworks that keep getting the 'Welcome to Solidworks. This is the first time you have run Solidworks on this machine' message. Has anyone found a reg entry or file that sets it to use the 'Do not show me any dynamic help.' by default every time? I'm happy installing it every time they log in just as long as there's a setting somewhere that can turn off the message.

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I'd check with ProcMon or similar to see what's happening. Probably a reg entry or a file somewhere in the user profile.

Answered 08/09/2012 by: andemats
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  • If you don't know how to use ProcMon, I'd look for a key like "first run" or similar under HKCU\Software\Solidworks\...
    Or for a file in "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Solidworks\..."

    My bet would be the latter, as the message say "This is the first time you have run Solidworks on THIS machine", which means it's a local setting.
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We had solidworks installed in a classroom for years till a couple of semesters ago, they dropped that course.

If I remember solidworks was a file in appdata\roaming.  login as a user and start solidworks clear the message and then exit the program.  copy the appdata local and roaming solidworks directorys to the same place in defaults profile.  If that does not do it you will need to export your solidworks registry keys and merge them into defaults also


We are a college and master the software as an image, so we use a one user make all the tweeks like this to the software and then sysprep that user to the defaults profile.  Also look into something like faronics deepfreeze to lock down your workstations.  All our users are admins but they can do no damage.


Answered 08/09/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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You can also use a capturing tool like PictureTaker, InControl, InstallRite etc.. to find out the registry key/file which is holding the value for showing this window during first launch.

Answered 08/09/2012 by: jagadeish
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