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This is a preconfigured Windows 10 virtual machine created by IS&T in Fall 2018 and designed for use only by MIT students that need to access SOLIDWORKS 2018.

How to obtain

Download (MIT certificate required)

  • Click the Download button on this page.
    Note: The VM download file is very large, approximately 12 GB.  Download times typically range from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the speed of your network connection to MIT.  We do not recommend downloading via dialup.




  • Important data should NOT be stored within the VM. There is no good mechanism for backing up data stored in the VM itself as standard troubleshooting practices will include downloading a new copy of the Virtual Machine. 
  • Firefox should only be used for accessing web sites that require Windows-specific software, not for general purpose web browsing.
About this Version 

This is a preconfigured Windows virtual machine created by IS&T and designed for MIT students to access Solidworks 2016 Student Edition.

Educational/academic applications included:

  • Sophos
  • Solidworks 2016 Student Edition
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox

System requirements:


  • IS&T can only provide full support for the process of obtaining certificates in Firefox.
  • All other applications included with the VM are provided on an "as-is" basis.
  • Dassault Systemes provides technical support for SOLIDWORKS 2016.