It seems that a recent Windows Update for Windows 10 has caused issues with AutoCAD versions…
…whereby any interactions with AutoCAD’s Ribbon, Status bar, or Right clicking the Command line causes AutoCAD to crash out instantly with:
Error: Unhandled Exception
We believe this issue is caused by the new .NET 4.7 update which came down as part of KB3186568
If you have this update and are experiencing issues as described above, you should uninstall KB3186568 (if you don’t see KB3186568 read the end notes)
Right Click the Windows Start Menu in the bottom right and pick “Programs and Features”
Select Programs and Features by Right-clicking the Windows 10 Start Menu
Click on “View Installed Updates” in the top left…
Go to View installed Updates
Right click the entry for KB3186568 and click “Uninstall”
please reboot as requested
Once rebooted, now try your AutoCAD – it should be working fine now.
If you do not see KB3186568 in your Installed Windows Updates listing, most likely you are running on the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) which comes pre-installed with .NET 4.7, and currently cannot be uninstalled. In this case, most likely, you will need to obtain an older version of Windows 10, preferably the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) or earlier (download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update ISO from here)
Detecting your installed version of Windows 10
Right Click the Windows Start Menu in the bottom right and pick “Run“
Using Windows Explorer, backup/copy Disk 1 of your ADT2013 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ADT2013
If you have more CD’s, backup/copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\ADT2013 folder
If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_Arch_2013_English_Win_32bit.exe
Simply run the exe, it will ask to unzip to a folder inside of c:\Autodesk, make a note of the folder for later use (we’ll refer to it from here as c:\Autodesk\ADT2013), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the ADT2013 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
Now, start the Longbow Converter tool
select the 1st tab titled “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter“
pick the c:\Autodesk\ADT2013 folder
and click the “Convert…” button..
Simply install as normal.Once the conversion process is complete, click the “Install/Run Setup” button to start setup.
Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter
select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver“
pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\AutoCAD Architecture 2013 folder
then click “Fix Old Program”
Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Architecture 2013 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!
Installing ADT 2013 Service Packs
There are 2 sp’s for AutoCAD Architecture 2013, these are the the 32bit versions of the sp’s
select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver“,
pick the newly created c:\Autodesk\Express Tools R14 Volume 6 folder
now click the “Run Old installer” button.
Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait up to 45 minutes for your AutoCAD R14 Express Tools setup.exe program to fully appear. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, except when you get to the installation folder, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadR14 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Express Tools as usually prompted)**
Do not reboot if prompted to do so
Now you can happily run your Express Tools inside of AutoCAD R14 running on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 – using Windows Explorer, simply navigate to c:\acadr14 and double click acad.exe to start AutoCAD R14 and to use Express Tools R14
If your Express Tools R14 setup is not starting after 45 minutes, try rebooting, then restart the steps above. If it is still failing, most likely it’s because of another application on your system which is preventing our setup routine from starting (perhaps anti-virus, or similar) – try the same steps as above in Windows Safe Mode
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Your 64bit AutoCAD 2010 was never designed to run in Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 64bit (these versions of Windows are newer than AutoCAD 2010) – you may see random crashing, hanging on startup and/or slow performance…
If you are trying to open a DWG file with AutoCAD and you get the message “Drawing File was created by an incompatible version” it’s because somewhere along the line your AutoCAD DWG files were saved with a newer version of AutoCAD.