Hemi, thanks for that thought. I'll have a look. I've already got experience for two CAD programs floating around in my pointy head (i.e., AutoCAD/Draftsight and SolidWorks) which is why I was looking for something that had a command structure similar to SolidWorks, i.e., so that I didn't have to learn a new package. AutoCAD and DraftSight were very similar so I was able to get over that hurdle easily.
I should also mention that whatever 3D program that I use, it should be able to import my SLDPRT and SLDASM drawings, as well.
Thanks again for the tip... I will look into CadKey. Any other suggestions? Anyone???
Don't bother with CADKey, it's an old 2D program that we used for many years before switching to Solidworks. I only used it as a reference that you can make a 32bit software run reliably on Windows 7.
Definitely keep at it with SW, there are people using older version on 7, you just might need a specific way of runnning it. Might have to reinstall the the X86 directory, or run as admin, etc.
In the end, if you can't get it to work on 7, it would probably be easier and more cost effective to run a dual-boot system, or pick up another XP PC just for SW, than to buy another software package and re-learn.