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Hardware acceleration is grayed out in SolidWorks

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition
  • Parallels Desktop Lite

Symptoms

I am not able to activate Hardware Acceleration in SolidWorks application. This option is grayed out.

Cause

Parallels Video Adapter is blacklisted by SolidWorks in Windows system registry.

Resolution

  1. Make sure SolidWorks is not running.
  2. Download the registry patch file applicable for your version of SolidWorks (see attachment below) to your Windows virtual machine.
  3. Double-click the file to apply the patch. Click "Yes" on the warning message.

  4. Launch SolidWorks.
  5. Before you open a document:

    5.1. Click Options (Standard toolbar) or Tools > Options.

    5.2. Select Performance.

    5.3. Make sure "Use Software OpenGL" option is unchecked.

To undo all registry changes:

  1. Make sure SolidWorks is not running.
  2. Download the registry file applicable for your version of SolidWorks (see attachment below) to your Windows virtual machine.
  3. Double-click the file. Click "Yes" on the warning message.



Attachments:

SolidWorks2016:

SolidWorks2015:

SolidWorks2014:

SolidWorks2013:

SolidWorks2012:

SolidWorks2011:

SolidWorks2010:



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