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This is a preconfigured Windows 10 virtual machine that is designed for use only by MIT students that need to access SOLIDWORKS 2019.

Note: Apple’s latest M1 processor restricts the running of virtual machines, e.g., running Windows via VMWare Fusion. If you have a machine that uses the M1 processor you will not be able to run a Virtual Machine and/or Windows 10 or 11.

How to obtain

Download (MIT certificate required)




  • 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 

Educational/academic applications included:

  • Sophos
  • SOLIDWORKS 2018 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 provides technical support for all student versions of SOLIDWORKS.