Installing AutoCAD 2000 from Windows Safe Mode

If you are reading this post, it’s because your AutoCAD 2000 setup program is not starting after following the 2000 installation steps that we documented here and you have reached the Troubleshooting section.

Why the setup is not starting is a big question, most likely it’s because a Windows Update or some other installer update is pending (in which case a reboot should solve) or it could be a security ‘feature’ a 3rd party anti-virus application or similar is imposing on your system which is in turn blocking your R14 setup. The thing is, it’s impossible for us to realistically diagnose the exact problem for you, so we came up with a fail safe solution – install using Windows Safe Mode, here’s how…

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way.

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here, install it.
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire AutoCAD 2000 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\acad2000
  3. Boot your computer into Safe Mode using these instructions
  4. Once in Windows Safe Mode, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver“, pick the c:\Autodesk\acad2000 folder, and click Run. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
    1. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step
  5. 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:\acad200 (not .\AutoCAD 2000 as usually prompted)**
  6. Now carry on with the install (do not reboot once the install is complete). Ignore any errors related to not being able to create the shortcut, you will have to create a shortcut on your computer Desktop to your c:\acad2000\acad.exe by hand.
    1. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  7. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed c:\acad2000 folder and click “Fix”.
  8. Now reboot your computer back into normal Windows mode
  9. Open Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\acad2000 and run acad.exe – you can now happily run your AutoCAD 2000 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit

Installing AutoCAD 2000 Service Pack 1

  1. Download AutoCAD 2000 sp1 from here
  2. Unzip your newly downloaded sp to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp\AutoCAD 2000 sp1 folder and click ‘Run’
  4. Wait for the setup to appear, it could take up to 45 minutes, then install as normal

Installing AutoCAD 2000 Service Pack 2

  1. Download AutoCAD 2000 sp2 from here
  2. Unzip your newly downloaded sp to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp\AutoCAD 2000 sp2 folder and click ‘Run’
  4. Wait for the setup to appear, it could take up to 45 minutes, then install as normal.
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How to Adjust Internet Explorer 11 active scripting settings

Autodesk products like AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, may give scripting errors when trying to activate, try these steps below to enable scripting inside of IE 11:

 

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools menu (or if hidden select ALT+T on your keyboard), and then click Internet Options.

  3. On the Security tab, click the Custom level button.

  4. Scroll down the Security Settings list until you see Scripting and Active scripting.

  5. Click Enable, click OK, and then click OK again.

  6. Now try to activate your Autodesk product

Rolling back to IE 10 from IE 11 in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

If you are encountering licensing issues, blank screens or even crashing when launching AutoCAD it could be because you are using a version of Microsoft Internet Explorer which is not compatible with your version of AutoCAD… (If you are primarily seeing script errors, then first check out how to enable scripting support in IE 11)

Here is a list of AutoCAD versions that most likely will be affected…

  • AutoCAD 2005
  • AutoCAD 2006
  • AutoCAD 2007
  • AutoCAD 2008
  • AutoCAD 2009
  • AutoCAD 2010
  • AutoCAD 2011
  • AutoCAD 2012
  • AutoCAD 2013

It could be because you have Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 installed on your system. The solution is to rollback to Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, or maybe back as far as Internet Explorer 8. Here’s how:

 

Windows 7 users

  1. Click Start then Control Panel
  2. Once in Control Panel select Programs
  3. From Programs click Turn Windows Features on or off
  4. Once in the Windows Features dialog, simply un-check Internet Explorer 11 and click OK. You will be asked to reboot, which you should do. Once you reboot, IE 11 will have been rolled back to IE 10
  5. NOTE: If you are still having problems, you can repeat the process from (1) to (4) again in order to downgrade from IE 10 to IE 9 to IE 8. Autodesk products usually do not need further downgrading than IE 8, so if you are still having issues even with IE 8 then it’s most likely something else wrong on your system.
  6. NOTE: If you cannot downgrade far enough, your only option is to upgrade to 7.24  (or newer) of the Longbow Converter tool which now supports Internet Explorer 7 emulation mode

Windows 8 users

  1. Move your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, then right click your mouse and select Control Panel
  2. Once in Control Panel select Programs
  3. From Programs click Turn Windows Features on or off
  4. Once in the Windows Features dialog, simply un-check Internet Explorer 11 and click OK. You will be asked to reboot, which you should do. Once you reboot, IE 11 will have been rolled back to IE 10
  5. NOTE: If you are still having problems, you can repeat the process from (1) to (4) again in order to downgrade from IE 10 to IE 9 to IE 8. Autodesk products usually do not need further downgrading than IE 8, so if you are still having issues even with IE8 then it’s most likely something else wrong on your system.
  6. NOTE: If you cannot downgrade far enough, your only option is to upgrade to 7.24  (or newer) of the Longbow Converter tool which now supports Internet Explorer 7 emulation mode.

Windows 8.1 users

Window 8.1 comes with Internet Explorer 11 pre-installed and cannot be rolled back. Your only option is to upgrade to 7.24 (or newer) of the Longbow Converter tool which now supports Internet Explorer 7 emulation mode.

Error code 1935 when installing AutoCAD 2008

If you are getting Error 1935. An error occurred during the installation of assembly ‘Microsoft.VC80.OpenMP.type=”win32″.version=”8.0.50727.42″ when installing your AutoCAD 2008, try these steps to resolve it:

  1. Delete all files (*.*) from your C:\Windows\System32\config\TxR folder
  2. Next start a cmd.exe prompt in administrator mode, then type at the command line:

    fsutil resource setautoreset true C:\

  3. Now Reboot
  4. Next install all Windows updates, rebooting until there are no more Windows Updates left to install
  5. Now try to install your AutoCAD 2008 again