To activate your software: Just open the plastic case (jacket) that contains your SolidWorks CD. The Product Key/Activation # (same thing) is what is needed to activate your software.
For installation or other questions, feel free to go to: http://www.solidworks.com/goEDU.
goEDU is the place to find materials to help you use your SolidWorks education products successfully. Select the appropriate category below to access installation guides, product descriptions, support information and much more.
If you have still have difficulty downloading your SolidWorks Student Edition, please uninstall all SolidWorks on your computer and install again. If you still have problems please take screen shots of the errors and send them along with their serial number to studentsupport@SolidWorks.com.