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SolidWorks Error: Hole Wizard / Toolbox Not Expected Version

January 22nd, 2011

Typical Error message when going to use the Hole Wizard / Toolbox.When you go to use the Hole Wizard or Toolbox you get the following error:

Error: The database file ‘C:\SolidWorks Data\lang\english\swbrowser.mdb’ is not the expected version.

Typically you would see this error if you have recently upgraded your SolidWorks install to SW2010 or SW2011. SolidWork should have updated your HoleWizard/Toolbox database, or maybe it installed a new one, and the wrong path is listed in Tools -> Options -> Hole Wizard / Toolbox.


  1. Using My Computer, look for C:\SolidWorks Data, C:\SolidWorks Data (2)
  2. Open SolidWorks, Tools -> Options -> Hole Wizard / Toolbox. Check that the path is correct and if different paths were found above, try browsing to them.
  3. If you have another computer running the same latest version of SolidWorks, copy their C:\SolidWorks Data to your computer.
    Browse to: “C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\Toolbox\data utilities” and run UpdateBrowserData.exe Browse to the swbrowser.mdb file inside C:\SolidWorks Data\lang\english and click “Update”. That should do the trick.

SolidWorks Update Toolbox Database utility to use when upgrading to the latest version of SolidWorks.

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  1. Gavin
    May 2nd, 2012 at 16:32 | #1

    My problem with the hole wizard solidw2011: in “search programs files” windows 7 wrote swbrowser and found that in format file “office access”. Open the file that was blocked by windows7. Under “options” open “center reliability” of the 2007/2010 office access(2007 in this case). I tried the path C: \ prog. files \ solidworks corp \ Toolbox \ data utilities \ and became a trusted and faithful in this center. In the “Macros” enable all macros. Also content I activated. Finally got the hole wizard in solidworks 2011 work. This is a translation of the Portuguese of Oport (google translator).


  2. Gayan
    December 15th, 2012 at 16:54 | #2

    I could fix the problem..bt not the same way.I found the swbrowser form
    C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\Toolbox\data utilities and I copied it to requaird place.

  3. R Clark
    June 20th, 2013 at 21:57 | #3

    A stubborn little problem with 2013 even. The last option worked. Thanks!
    Navigate to UpdateBrowserData.exe and run it. Works great. Back in business.

  4. Jim Holland Holland
    September 15th, 2013 at 19:51 | #4

    I ran the update and got this message “Required operating system database files are not present on this system.”

  5. Daniel
    October 15th, 2013 at 12:27 | #5

    The solution from the post did not work, but the one given by Gayan did.

  6. Jeff Benning
    October 31st, 2013 at 23:41 | #6

    When I run UpdateBrowserData.exe and hit Update, I get the error:
    UpdateBrowserData Application has stopped working. I just upgraded from SolidWorks 2012 to 2013. The hole wizrd worked fine in 2012. Any suggestions?
    Thanks a lot.

  7. November 4th, 2013 at 20:28 | #7

    @Jeff: Use Windows Explorer, and browse to the following folder: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\Toolbox\data utilities Then, right-click on UpdateBrowserData.exe and go “Run as Administrator”. This should solve your problem (due to the User Account Control UAC in Windows )

  8. Jeff Benning
    November 4th, 2013 at 22:06 | #8

    It worked! Thank you so much!

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