Installing AutoCAD 2000 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Most current AutoCAD 2000 users are very used to the software package and cannot do without it. With the latest hardware and required move to new Windows versions, trying to install your AutoCAD 2000 gives an error like this one…

Windows 16bit setup error - This app can't run on your PC

Windows 16bit setup error – This app can’t run on your PC

Or maybe this error…

Setup Halted System requirements error Wrong OS, AutoCAD supports Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 5.0, Windows 95 and Windows 98

Error while trying to install AutoCAD 2000

…all is not lost, just read on…

Installing AutoCAD 2000 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 both 32bit and 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.

A quick word of advice: best to follow the instructions below precisely and to the letter, including folder names and paths, that way you will reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire AutoCAD 2000 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\CDs\AutoCAD 2000

    e.g.

    AutoCAD 2000 CD copied to hard drive in folder c:\Autodesk\CDs\AutoCAD 2000

    AutoCAD 2000 CD copied to hard drive in folder c:\Autodesk\CDs\AutoCAD 2000

  3. Now start the Longbow Converter tool by double clicking the Longbow Converter shortcut on your Desktop… .
    1. Select the 2nd tab titled “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver” by clicking on it
    2. Next, pick the c:\Autodesk\CDs\AutoCAD 2000 folder using the ‘…’ button
    3. Once you have OK’d out of the folder selection dialog, you should see the path c:\Autodesk\CDs\AutoCAD 2000 displayed in the “Path to old media” edit box; now click the “Run Old Installer” button.
    4. The conversion process will now start and take about 60 seconds to complete.
    5. Once the conversion process is finished, read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK
  4. For AutoCAD 2000, the Migration Wizard almost instantly pops up, simply click Install 2000 as normal. Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait at least 45 minutes for your AutoCAD 2000 setup.exe program to fully appear. 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:\acad2000 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2000 as usually prompted)** – e.g.
    Setting AutoCAD 2000 custom install directory to c:\acad2000

    Setting AutoCAD 2000 custom install directory to c:\acad2000

    1. Ignore the error message that the shortcut cannot be created “Cannot create folder AutoCAD 2000“, you will need to create the program shortcut by hand once the installation is finished.
    2. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  6. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed c:\acad2000 folder and click ‘Fix‘.
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD 2000 in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10! Simply use Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\acad2000 and double click acad.exe.

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.

 Installing AutoCAD 2000 3D Graphics System Update 1

  1. If you use 3D alot in AutoCAD 2000, you should read on to install the 3DUpdate…
  2. Download AutoCAD 2000 3D Graphics System Update1 from here
  3. Unzip your newly downloaded sp to folder path c:\Autodesk\update
  4. Start the Converter, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\update folder and click ‘Run’
  5. Wait for the setup to appear, it could take up to 45 minutes, then install as normal.

Troubleshooting:

  • If your AutoCAD 2000 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 installing AutoCAD 2000 from Windows Safe Mode
  • Plotting – if you are having plotting issues, either
  • If you see Proxy Warning Dialogs when you open a DWG using AutoCAD 2000, you need to install the service packs as described above.
  • If you are getting a WinHelp() error when pressing F1 to try and access the Help system then simply install the WinHelp (WinHlp32.exe) module from Microsoft
  • If you still see the error “Wrong OS, AutoCAD supports Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 5.0, Windows 95 and Windows 98” even after converting
    • Copy the AutoCAD 2000 CD fresh to your computer, then start from step (1) again
    • If you still get the error, you need the latest version of the Longbow Converter tool
  • If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs inside of AutoCAD please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD
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2 thoughts on “Installing AutoCAD 2000 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

  1. I am having multiple issues installing autocad2000 on windows 8.1 64 bit. Up to six emails with help team. Finally got it to populate the temporary install directory but now am getting failure of autocad installer saying my version of windows is not supported (it lists the compatible versions). Will keep the blog posted on progress. Was able to get longbow to populate the temp directory by booting windows 8.1 to safe mode. Anybody out there have autocad 2000 working in windows 8.1 64 bit platform? Thanks

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