Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2008 from Inventor Series 2008 CD on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

NOTE: This solution only works with an Autodesk Inventor Series 2008 installation media.

Installing Mechanical 2008 from Inventor Series 2008 CD on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…
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
  2. Copy your Inventor Series 2008 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\CDs\InventorSeries2008 
    1. IMPORTANT: If you have more than one CD, copy them all to the same c:\Autodesk\CDs\InventorSeries2008 folder – overwriting any existing files and folders.
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\CDs\InventorSeries2008 folder.
  4. The Converter will say that the media is not fully supported; simply click the Tools->Manual MSI Correction menu option
  5. Once the conversion process is completed, click the “Run Setup/Install AutoCAD…” button to bring up your Inventor 2008 setup program as normal.
    1. Un-check all install options except AutoCAD Mechanical 2008
    2. Install as normal
  6. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\MDT 2008 folder, then click “Fix
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Mechanical 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Troubleshooting:

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:

– If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in Autodesk Products

Copyright 2016 (c) Longbow Software

Installing Inventor R11 (2007) on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

***** NOTE: This solution is currently broken, we are actively trying to resolve it – more soon *****

Installing Inventor 2007 on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

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 – you will need V8.11 or newer
  2. Copy your entire Inventor R11/Inventor 2007 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\inventor2007 
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\inventor2007 folder, and click “Run Old Installer”. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you click the Install Autodesk Inventor 11 link from your setup you may see a dialog box appear saying – “This program has compatibility issues” – if this happens, simply check the “Don’t show this message again” and then click the “Run the program without getting help”.
    2. I recommend that you do not install Vault or Autodesk Data Management Server – disable these options in the setup
    3. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\inventor2007\ (not Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\)**
    4. If there are any errors installing .NET Framework Runtime 1.1 sp1 – simply ignore and continue.
    5. You may see an error “error 26001. Cannot connect to Internet Information Server. (-2147221164) ” – I’m not sure what causes this problem, most likely Autodesk has shutdown the service, but you should simply click “Ignore” if you see this message.
    6. You may see an additional error popup “Error 29001. Vault management error: The request failed with HTTP status 404: Not Found.” – simply ignore by clicking “OK”
  5. Once installed, make sure you fully close the Autodesk Inventor 11 setup program (because the Converter is waiting for the setup program to fully close) then go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed c:\inventor2007 folder and click “Fix Old Program”.
  6. Next, before running your Inventor 2007, install all the sp’s in chronological order (NOTE if you cannot install the sp’s, see the Troubleshooting section below)
    1. Autodesk Inventor 11 Service Pack 1
    2. Autodesk Inventor 11 Service Pack 2
    3. Autodesk Inventor 11 Service Pack 3
    4. Autodesk Inventor 11 Service Pack 4
  7. Now you can run your Autodesk Inventor 11 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, both 32bit and 64bit.
    1. NOTE: When starting Inventor 11, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues”, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program…”

Troubleshooting:

– If you cannot install your Inventor 11 Service Packs because of an error “The upgrade patch cannot be installed by the Windows Installer service because the program to be upgraded may be missing, or the upgrade patch may be a different version of the program. Verify that the program to be upgraded exists on your computer and that you have the correct upgrade patch” – rather than try and solve this issue, the easiest solution is:

  1. To go back to your old Windows XP machine and make sure that all of the sp’s are installed on your old Windows XP machine’s installation of inventor 11
  2. Next, simply copy all of the Inventor 11 program files and folders from your old Windows XP machine to a USB drive – copy the “contents” of C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Inventor
  3. Now transfer the USB to your new machine and copy the files that were on your old Windows XP machine’s C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Inventor folder into your newly installed c:\inventor2007 folder – you should see a question if you should overwrite all files, say YES

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:

– If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs inside of Inventor please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD

Copyright 2015 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop 2007 from an Inventor 11 CD on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

If you have an Autodesk Inventor 11 CD, you may simply need to install AutoCAD MDT 2007 from that CD…

Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2007 from your Inventor 11 CD on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

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 (you need V7.29 or newer)
  2. Next, copy your Autodesk Inventor 11 CD to your hard drive, to folder path  c:\Autodesk\Inventor2007
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Select the 2nd tab titled “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    2. Using the ‘…’ button, pick the folder where you just copied your Inventor 11 CD to c:\Autodesk\Inventor2007
      1. The Converter should say “Inventor 2007 Setup found, …”
    3. Next, click the ‘Run Old Installer‘ button.
      1. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program.
    1. navigate through each setup dialog as normal, except when you get to the Products Install dialog – Uncheck *all* products except “Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2007
    2. Install as normal
    3. If asked to Reboot, do not reboot
  5. Once installed, make sure you fully close the setup application (because the Converter is waiting for the setup program to fully close)
    1. Go back to the Converter tool and select the 3rd tab titled “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. Using the ‘…’ button, pick the newly installed c:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\MDT 2007 folder
    3. Next, click the ‘Fix Old Program‘ button.
  6. Now you can run your Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2007 on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8, both 32bit and 64bit.
    1. NOTE: When starting AutoCAD, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues”, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program…”

Troubleshooting

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:

Installing Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

If you have tried installing Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8, most likely you will have found that either opening a model (File->Open menu) or creating one (File->New menu) crashes Inventor 2008 straight away, making it completely useless…

Installing a working copy of Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…
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
  2. Copy your Inventor 2008 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\Inventor2008 
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\Inventor2008 folder.
  4. The Converter will say that the media is not fully supported; simply click the Tools->Manual MSI Correction menu option
  5. Now install your Inventor 2008 media from c:\Autodesk\Inventor2008 as normal, once installed, do not start Inventor yet.
  6. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Inventor 2008 folder, then click Fix
  7. Download and install Inventor 2008 sp1 – do not run Inventor.
  8. Download and install Inventor 2008 sp2 – do not run Inventor.
  9. Download and install Inventor 2008 sp3 – do not run Inventor.
  10. Reboot
  11. Now you can happily run your Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Troubleshooting:

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:

– If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in Autodesk Products

Copyright 2015 (c) Longbow Software

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