Installing AutoCAD R14 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

As an existing AutoCAD R14 user, you most likely cannot do without your beloved AutoCAD R14. With the latest hardware and required move to new Windows versions, trying to install your AutoCAD R14 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, check software publisher

or

 “FATAL ERROR: HEAP ERROR”

or

MEM_BAD_POINTER

You can solve these problems easily using our Longbow Converter App – fix and manage your AutoCAD R14 on new versions of Windows 7, 8 and 10 64bit

How to install AutoCAD R14

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. NOTE: We recommend turning off Windows UAC before installing AutoCAD R14
  3. Start the Longbow Converter application…
    1. Place your AutoCAD R14 CD in the CDRom Drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD R14 installation CD
    4. Next, click the “Run Old Installer” button and follow the onscreen instructions
      1. Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait up to 45 minutes for your AutoCAD R14 setup.exe program to appear, be patient…
    5. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next steps all the way to the end! By the way, if your AutoCAD R14 setup does not start after 45 minutes, read the Troubleshooting section below.
  4. In the AutoCAD R14 setup program…
    1. navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
      1. Make sure you do a Typical Install (not a Full Install)
      2. When you get to the installation folder input dialog **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadR14 (not .\AutoCAD R14 as usually prompted)**
  5. Now carry on with the install
    1. Do not reboot once the install is complete
    2. Ignore any errors related to not being able to create the shortcut e.g. “Cannot Create folder ‘AutoCAD R14’“, you will have to create a shortcut on your computer Desktop to your c:\acadR14\acad.exe by hand.
    3. Again, do not reboot if prompted to do so
  6. Once your AutoCAD R14 setup has completed the installation…
    1. Make sure you fully close the setup program.
    2. Once the setup is closed the Converter will automatically fix the c:\acadr14 program files. You should see “Success!” displayed in the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    3. Reboot your PC
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD R14 on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit…
    1. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\acadR14 and double click acad.exe

Troubleshooting

  1. If your AutoCAD R14 setup is not starting after 45 minutes…
    1. First try turning off UAC, rebooting, then restart the steps above.
    2. 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 R14 from Windows Safe Mode
  2. If you are getting either a Bad Mem Pointer error and or a Smartheap handler recursively re-entered error when you start your AutoCAD R14 then you need to re-run all the steps above, taking care to do each step precisely as it says, most likely you are missing from step 5 or you have not installed to c:\acadR14 as stated in step (7) above.
  3. When starting AutoCAD, if you receive an ‘acad.exe – System Error’ message: The program can’t start because ac1st15.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem. If you carried out step (7) above, then try rebooting your PC
  4. 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
  5. Issues with Calcomp Digitizer – Calcomp Digitizer not working
  6. If the setup displays an error message

    InstallError (IUO)               
    (X)  not enough space(IUO)

    try unplugging any External USB drives

  7. Plotting issues? If you get an error splwow64.exe “The application was unable to start correctly” with error “0xc0000005”
    1. Make sure your Anti-virus and/or Windows Firewall is not blocking splwow64.exe
    2. If the problem persists
      1. First, note that you need the latest version of the Converter App
      2. Start the Converter App
      3. Select the 3d tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” 
      4. Click the Tools Menu->Reduced Power Mode
      5. Using the “…” button, pick your acad.exe folder e.g. c:\acadr14
      6. Click “Fix Old Program” and follow prompts
  8. 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
Copyright 2019 (c) Longbow Software

 

Install AutoCAD 2002 on Windows 11

Follow these instructions to solve issues around installing/running your legacy AutoCAD 2002 on Windows 11

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD 2002 

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD 2002 CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “…” button, pick your AutoCAD CD
    4. Click “Run Old Installer
      1. Read and follow all the prompts
      2. Once the AutoCAD setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  5. In the AutoCAD setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog…
      1. **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acad2002 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD  2002 which is normally default)**
      2. Once setup completes…
        1. Do not reboot if asked to do so
        2. Make sure to fully close the setup program when the installation is complete.
  6. Back in the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab, it should say SUCCESS!
  7. Finally, reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD and once registered, exit AutoCAD and continue to the next step.
  8. Next, obtain the AutoCAD 2002 sp1 from here unzip and save to c:\Autodesk\spdo not install yet
    1. Go back into the Converter
    2. Select the 3rd tab again
    3. titled “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    4. Using the ‘…’ button, select the c:\Autodesk\sp folder
    5. click “Fix Old Program
    6. Finally, install the AutoCAD 2002 sp1 by running the c:\Autodesk\sp\acad2002sp1.exe 
  9. Now, you can happily run your AutoCAD 2002 on Windows 11
Troubleshooting:
  • If your AutoCAD 2002 setup stuck at very end, check out this blog
  • 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 
Copyright 2023 (c) Longbow Software

Install BobCAD-CAM v23 on Windows 10 and Windows 11

This post solves the various installation problems installing BobCAD v23 on Windows 10 and Windows 11…

How to install BobCAD v23

NOTE: To ensure success, follow the instructions precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths.

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Reviver App here (you will need V4.29 or newer)
  2. Copy the contents of your BobCAD CD to your hard drive, to a folder named c:\InstallDisks\bobcadv23
  3. Start the Reviver App
    • Using the “Old Installer Reviver” tab, pick the ‘…’ button to select the c:\InstallDisks\bobcadv23 folder
    • Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer‘ button.
    • The Reviver App may prompt that it cannot find setup.exe, simply select executable that launches the installation setup
    • Once you indicate the setup executable, the Reviver App will fix the setup media and then launch setup. Be patient as the process can take up to 45 minutes to launch the setup sequence.
  4. Once the setup appears, stop and read the next step…
    • You may install as normal, but when you are asked to select the “Setup Type”, pick “Custom“, this is so you can specify a custom installation folder path…
      • For every installation location that refers to c:\Program Files or c:\Program Files(x86), remove that folder from the full path, you **must** change the default path to not include c:\Program Files or c:\Program Files(x86) (see image below) – the path should be changed to C:\BobCAD-CAM\BobCAD-CAM V23
Remove “Program FIles (x86)” so that BobCAD is installed to C:\BobCAD-CAM\BobCAD-CAM V23
  1. Now complete the setup process
    • Repeat the process of removing “Program FIles (x86)” from each of the child setups
    • do not reboot if prompted to do so
    • When asked to install Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1, say Yes
    • Make sure you fully close setup once complete
  2. Now back in the Reviver App…
    • pick the “Old Program Reviver” tab
    • Using the ‘…’ button pick the C:\BobCAD-CAM\BobCAD-CAM V23 path
    • Set the “Run As” to “None”
    • Now click ‘Fix Old Program
      • When it asks if you want to re-register, say Yes
  3. Once the Reviver App displays “Success!” you will now be able to run your program simply double click the “BobCAD-CAM V23” shortcut

Troubleshooting

  • None

Copyright 2023 (c) Longbow Software

Install Print Shop Ensemble III by Broderbund on Windows 10 and Windows 11

This post solves the various installation problems installing Broderbund’s ‘Print Shop Ensemble III’ on Windows 10 and Windows 11…

How to install Print Shop Ensemble III

NOTE: To ensure success, follow the instructions precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths.

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Reviver App here (you will need V4.26 or newer)
  2. Start the Reviver App and note the user interface
  3. Download a slightly rearranged version of the original CD in ZIP format from here
    1. Unzip the PSEWIN_DISK 1 Print Shop Ensemble III.zip directly to the root of your C: Drive – e.g C:\ – note it MUST be C:\ – you should see multiple new folders off of your C:\ as shown below in the image, sort by date to see the ones recently added – don’t worry, you can clear them up all at the end as they are not needed once the install is completed…
  1. Back on the Reviver App, from the “Old Installer Reviver” tab, use the ‘…’ button to select the C:\SETUP32 folder
    • Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer‘ button. The Reviver App will fix the setup media and then launch setup. Be patient as the process can take up to 45 minutes to launch the setup sequence.
  2. Once the setup appears, stop and read the next step
    • Once the setup application appears, enter your information as normal except when you get to the installation folder…
    • You **must** change the default path to c:\pse (see image below)
  1. Now complete the setup process
    1. do not reboot if prompted to do so
    2. Make sure you fully close setup once complete
  2. Now back in the Reviver App…
    1. pick the “Old Program Reviver” tab
    2. Using the ‘…’ button pick the c:\pse path
    • Now click ‘Fix Old Program
      • When it asks if you want to re-register, say Yes
  3. Once the Reviver App displays Success! you will now be able to run your program simply run c:\pse\PSEWIN.exe

Troubleshooting

Copyright 2023 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD LT98 on Windows 11

AutoCAD LT98 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 LT98 gives an error like this one…

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

 

“This app can’t run on your PC”

or this one…

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

 

…all is not lost, follow these instructions to install your AutoCAD LT98 on Windows 11…

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD LT 98

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any

problems…

  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  1. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  2. Once installed, start the Longbow Converter App…
    1. Now place your AutoCAD LT98 CD in the CDRom Drive
    2. In the Converter App, select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD LT98 installation CD
    4. Next, click the “Run Old Installer” button and follow the onscreen instructions. If all is well a dialog will appear stating success, simply click OK to start your AutoCAD setup
      1. Now I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait up to 45 minutes for your AutoCAD LT98 setup.exe program to appear, be patient – NOTE: do not continue with the install until reading the next step…
    1. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next steps all the way to the end! By the way, if your AutoCAD LT98 setup does not start after 45 minutes, read the Troubleshooting section below.
  3. In the AutoCAD setup program…
    1. navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
      1. Make sure you do a Typical Install (not a Full Install)
      2. When you get to the installation folder input dialog **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadlt98 (not Program Files\AutoCADLT98 as usually prompted)**
  4. Now carry on with the install
    1. Do not reboot once the install is complete
    2. Ignore any errors related to not being able to create the shortcut e.g. “Cannot Create folder ‘AutoCAD LT98’“, you will have to create a shortcut on your computer Desktop to your c:\acadlt98\acad.exe by hand.
    3. Again, do not reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Once your AutoCAD LT98 setup has completed the installation…
    1. Make sure you fully close the setup program.
    2. Once the setup is closed the Converter will automatically fix the c:\acadlt98 program files. You should see “Success!” displayed in the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    3. Now reboot your PC
  6. You can now run your AutoCAD LT98 as normal, using Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\acadlt98 and double click aclt.exe

Troubleshooting

  • If your AutoCAD LT98 setup is not starting after 45 minutes…
    1. First try turning off UAC, rebooting, then restart the steps above.
    2. 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 LT98 from Windows Safe Mode
  • If you are getting either a Bad Mem Pointer error and or a Smartheap handler recursively re-entered error when you start your AutoCAD LT98 then you need to re-run all the steps above, taking care to do each step precisely as it says, most likely you are missing from step 5 or you have not installed to c:\acadlt98 as stated in step (7) above.
  • When starting AutoCAD, if you receive an ‘acad.exe – System Error’ message: The program can’t start because ac1st15.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem. If you carried out step (7) above, then try rebooting your PC
  • 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
  • Issues with Calcomp Digitizer – Calcomp Digitizer not working
  • If the setup displays an error message InstallError (IUO)               
    (X)  not enough space(IUO) try unplugging any External USB drives
  • Plotting issues? If you get an error splwow64.exe “The application was unable to start correctly” with error “0xc0000005”
    1. Make sure your Anti-virus and/or Windows Firewall is not blocking splwow64.exe
    2. If the problem persists
      1. First, note that you need the latest version of the Converter App
      2. Start the Converter App
      3. Select the 3d tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” 
      4. Click the Tools Menu->Reduced Power Mode
      5. Using the “…” button, pick your acad.exe folder e.g. c:\acadlt98
      6. Click “Fix Old Program” and follow prompts
  • 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

Copyright 2023 (c) Longbow Software

Installing Autodesk Land Desktop 2004 on Windows 11

Follow these instructions to solve issues around installing/running your legacy AutoCAD LDT 2004 on Windows 11. It requires the purchase of our Longbow Converter App which provides the framework to allow your old AutoCAD to install and run natively on Windows 11.

NOTE: We currently only support US unlocked versions of 2004 on 64bit OS. European or locked US support 2004 is limited only to 32bit Windows 11.

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install Autodesk LDT 2004

  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “…” button, path the to your AutoCAD CD
    4. Click “Run Old Installer
      1. Read and follow all the prompts
      2. Once the AutoCAD setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  5. In the AutoCAD setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. Some problem NOTES to read before stepping through the setup:
      1. if you cannot move past the first screen in the setup, see Trouble Shooting below
      2. When you click the Install link from your AutoCAD setup you may see a dialog box appear saying – “This program has compatibility issues” – simply check the “Don’t show this message again” and then click the “Run the program without getting help”.
      3. Now onto the setup…
    2. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog…
      1. **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\ldt2004 (not Program Files (x86)\Autodesk Land Desktop 2004)**.
    3. While installing…
      1. If you see an error in install “.NET Runtime Optimization Service has stopped working” – simply ignore by clicking the “Close Program” button
      2. Do not reboot if asked to do so
    4. Once installed
      1. Do not reboot if asked to do so
      2. Make sure to fully close the setup program when the installation is complete.
      3. Back in the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab
  6. Finally, reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD as normal
    1. NOTE: When starting AutoCAD, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues
      1. Click “Don’t show this message again”
      2. then click “Run the Program…”

Installing Civil Design 4

Using the Longbow Converter solution, you can also install the Civil Design add-on to LDT.

  1. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Civil Design 4 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ldt2004 – Civil Design 4 
  2. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\ldt2004 – Civil Design 4 folder, and click Run.
    1. The Converter will ask if this is a normal application CD, it is not, it’s a plugin CD so click ‘No’
    2. Input Civil 2004 and click OK
    3. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
  3. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal
  4. Now your Civil Design is up and running with LDT.

Installing Survey 4

Using the Longbow Converter solution, you can also install the Survey add-on to LDT.

  1. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Survey 4 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ldt2002 – Survey 4 
  2. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\ldt2002 – Survey 4 folder, and click Run.
    1. The Converter will ask if this is a normal application CD, it is not, it’s a plugin CD so click ‘No’
    2. Input Survey 2004 and click OK
    3. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
  3. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal
  4. Now your Survey is up and running with LDT.

Installing Raster Design 3

Using the Longbow Converter solution, you can also install the Raster Design add-on to LDT.

  1. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Raster Design 4 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ldt2002 – Raster Design 4 
  2. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\ldt2002 – Raster Design 4 folder, and click Run.
    1. The Converter will ask if this is a normal application CD, it is not, it’s a plugin CD so click ‘No’
    2. Input Plugin 2004 and click OK
    3. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
  3. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal
  4. Now your Raster Design is up and running with LDT.

Installing Autodesk LDT 2004 Sp2

The LDT 2004 sp2 is optional, most users don’t need it but in case you do…

  1. Download LDT 2004 sp2 from here 
    1. Copy the file into c:\Autodesk\sp
  2. Start the Converter
    1. Select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. Pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder
    3. Now click the Fix Old Program button.
    4. Install as normal

Troubleshooting

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

– 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

Copyright 2023 (c) Longbow Software

Installing 32bit AutoCAD 2010 on Windows 11

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD 2010 on 64bit Windows 11. Some common issues are error messages like these

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® 2010”
  • “You cannot install this product on the current operating system”
  • “You are attempting to use a 32-bit installer on a 64-bit operating system”
  • “This is a 32-bit AutoCAD® 2010. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD 2010 installation so that you can be up and running again… Simply follow the instructions below:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Autodesk no longer supply License Activation codes for this version of AutoCAD. The best way is to transfer your existing license to the new PC but there are other options, we document them here

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD 2010

  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Start the Converter App and note the user interface
  5. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    1. Using the “. . .” button, selection your AutoCAD installation CD
    2. Next, click the “Convert button and follow instructions
  6. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup
      1. if you see a dialog stating “An App on your PC needs the following Windows Feature: .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)” be sure to click “Download and install this feature” as this must be installed in order for the setup to run.
    2. Simply install as normal, remembering to…
      1. Close the setup program when the installation is complete.
      2. Back in the Converter app and make sure it has completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab – it should be green stating “SUCCESS”
  7. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

Installing AutoCAD 2010 Service Packs

We recommend that you download and install the latest Service Packs from Autodesk which can be found here

Troubleshooting

  1. If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here
  2. If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:
    1. Try uninstalling the July 2014 Microsoft security update
    2. Try downgrading your Internet Explorer (IE) from version 11 to version 10 by following the instructions detailed here
  3. 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
Copyright 2023 (c) Longbow Software

AutoCAD LT 2016 on Windows 11 – FATAL ERROR: acismobj20.dbx

If you are running AutoCAD LT 2016 on Windows 11 and you receive this error…

FATAL ERROR: (0x7ffb71c40005) C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2016\acismobj20.dbx

The issue is that you are running 64bit AutoCAD LT 2016 on Windows 11, you need to install the 32bit version of AutoCAD LT 2016 instead – to solve the problem, simply follow these instructions.

Copyright 2023 (c) Longbow Software

Installing 32bit AutoCAD LT 2016 on Windows 11

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your 32bit AutoCAD 2016 on 64bit Windows 11. Some common issues are error messages like these

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD LT® 2016”
  • “You cannot install this product on the current operating system”
  • “You are attempting to use a 32-bit installer on a 64-bit operating system”
  • “This is a 32-bit AutoCAD LT® 2016. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”
  • FATAL ERROR: (0x7ffb71c40005) C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2016\acismobj20.dbx

You can solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD LT 2016 installation so that you can be up and running again… Follow these instructions:

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD LT 2016

  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  5. Start the Converter App and note the user interface
  6. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    1. Using the “. . .” button, selection your AutoCAD installation CD
    2. Next, click the “Convert button and follow instructions
  7. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup
    2. Simply install as normal, remembering to…
      1. Close the setup program when the installation is complete.
      2. Back in the Converter app and make sure it has completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab – it should be green stating “SUCCESS”
  8. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

Troubleshooting

  1. 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
Copyright 2023 (c) Longbow Software

AutoCAD LT 2015 on Windows 11 – FATAL ERROR: acismobj20.dbx

If you are running AutoCAD LT 2015 on Windows 11 and you receive this error…

FATAL ERROR: (0x7ffb71c40005) C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2015\acismobj20.dbx

The issue is that you are running 64bit AutoCAD LT 2015 on Windows 11, you need to install the 32bit version of AutoCAD LT 2015 instead – to solve the problem, simply follow these instructions.

Copyright 2023 (c) Longbow Software

Installing 32bit AutoCAD LT 2015 on Windows 11

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD 2015 on 64bit Windows 11. Some common issues are error messages like these

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD LT® 2015”
  • “You cannot install this product on the current operating system”
  • “You are attempting to use a 32-bit installer on a 64-bit operating system”
  • “This is a 32-bit AutoCAD LT® 2015. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”
  • FATAL ERROR: (0x7ffb71c40005) C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2015\acismobj20.dbx

You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD LT 2015 installation so that you can be up and running again… Follow these instructions:

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD LT 2015

  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  5. Start the Converter App and note the user interface
  6. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    1. Using the “. . .” button, selection your AutoCAD installation CD
    2. Next, click the “Convert button and follow instructions
  7. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup
    2. Simply install as normal, remembering to…
      1. Close the setup program when the installation is complete.
      2. Back in the Converter app and make sure it has completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab – it should be green stating “SUCCESS”
  8. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

Troubleshooting

  1. 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD 2005 on Windows 11

Follow these instructions to solve issues around installing/running your legacy AutoCAD 2005 on Windows 11

IMPORTANT NOTE: Autodesk no longer supply License Activation codes for this version of AutoCAD. The best way is to transfer your existing license to the new PC but there are other options, we document them here

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD 2005 

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD 2005 CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “…” button, pick your AutoCAD CD
    4. Click “Run Old Installer
      1. Read and follow all the prompts
      2. Once the AutoCAD setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  5. In the AutoCAD setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog…
      1. **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acad2005 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2005)**. Now install…
      2. While installing…
        1. If you see an error in install “.NET Runtime Optimization Service has stopped working” – simply ignore by clicking the “Close Program” button
        2. When a message box appears warning that “64bit .NET Unavailable” – simply click OK to carry on and install AutoCAD as normal – this does not affect anything.
        3. Do not reboot if asked to do so
      3. Once installed
        1. Do not reboot if asked to do so
        2. Make sure to fully close the setup program when the installation is complete.
        3. Switch back to the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab – it should display “SUCCESS!” – if not switch to the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab, pick the c:\acad2005 folder and click “Fix Old Program”
  6. Finally, reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD as normal
    1. NOTE: When starting AutoCAD, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues
      1. Click “Don’t show this message again
      2. then click “Run the Program…

Installing AutoCAD 2005 Sp1

To install the sp for your AutoCAD…
  1. Download your AutoCAD 2005 Sp1
  2. Copy the service pack exe installer to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter App
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. Using the “. . .” button, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder
    3. click “Fix Old Program“.
  4. Now you can run the service pack exe installer from Windows explorer as normal

Troubleshooting

  1. 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD LT 2000 on Windows 11

Most users of AutoCAD LT 2000 are so used to it that they cannot do without it. With the latest hardware and required move to newer Windows versions, trying to install your AutoCAD LT 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 LT 2000 on newer versions of Windows

…all is not lost, just read on…

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD LT 2000

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool by double clicking the Longbow Converter shortcut on your Desktop… .
    1. Insert your AutoCAD LT 2000 CD
    2. Select the 2nd tab titled “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver” by clicking on it
    3. Next, using the ‘…’ button select your AutoCAD LT 2000 CD
    4. Next, click the “Run Old Installer” button and follow the onscreen instructions. If all is well a dialog will appear stating success, simply click OK to start your AutoCAD setup.
    5. 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 – please be patient
    6. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step
  5. Once the AutoCAD setup program appears navigate through each setup dialog as normal and do not deviate from the defaults except when you get to the installation folder – **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadlt2000 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD LT 2000 as usually prompted)** e.g.Setting custom install path for AutoCAD LT 2000
      1. Now complete the setup making sure to…
        1. ignore the error message that appears near the end about the shortcut cannot be created “Cannot create folder AutoCAD LT 2000” – you will simply need to create the program shortcut yourself by hand once the installation is finished.
        2. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  6. Once setup has completed…
    1. Make sure to fully close the AutoCAD setup program
    2. Back in the Converter App, make sure it has completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab – it should display “SUCCESS” in green…
  7. Now Reboot your PC
  8. Once rebooted, are ready to run your AutoCAD LT 2000! Simply use Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\acadlt2000 and double click aclt.exe

Troubleshooting

Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing Scansoft OmniPage 15 on Windows 10 and Windows 11

Installing your Scansoft OmniPage 15 on Windows or Windows 11 10 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

How to install OmniPage 15

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 Reviver tool here and install it – you need version V4.10 or newer
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire OmniPage 15 install CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\InstallCDs\Scansoft\OmniPage15
  3. Start the Longbow Reviver tool…
    1. Select the 1st tab “Old Installer Reviver
    2. using the ‘…’ button pick the c:\InstallCDs\Scansoft\OmniPage15\OmniPage 15\OmniPage folder
    3. Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer’ button
    4. Read and understand all the prompts that appear, then continue by clicking OK.
  4. Once your Omni Page 15 setup screen appears, install as normal except:
    1. As shown just below, when you arrive at the Setup Type, pick Custom then it is vitally important that you install to c:\Scansoft\OmniPage15 (not C:\Program Files (x86)\Scansoft\OmniPage 15 as normally prompted)
    2. now carry on and install as normal
    3. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Now OmniPage 15 is installed, back in the Longbow Reviver tool
    1. select the 2nd tab “Old Program Reviver
    2. pick the newly installed c:\Scansoft\OmniPage15 folder and click ‘Fix Old Program’
    3. Say ‘No’ if the Reviver tool asks if you want to re-register…
  6. Now you can happily run your OmniPage 15

Troubleshooting

  • No current troubleshooting notes.
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing Scansoft PaperPort 11 Pro on Windows 10 and Windows 11

Installing your Scansoft PaperPort 11 Pro on Windows or Windows 11 10 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

How to install PaperPort 11 Pro

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 Reviver tool here and install it – you need version V4.10 or newer
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire PaperPort 11 Pro install CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\InstallCDs\Scansoft\PaperPort11
  3. Start the Longbow Reviver tool…
    1. Select the 1st tab “Old Installer Reviver
    2. using the ‘…’ button pick the c:\InstallCDs\Scansoft\PaperPort11\PaperPort folder
    3. Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer’ button
    4. Read and understand all the prompts that appear, then continue by clicking OK.
  4. Once your PaperPort 11 Pro setup screen appears, install as normal except:
    1. As shown just below, when you arrive at the Setup Type, pick Custom
      then it is vitally important that you install to c:\Scansoft\PaperPort11 (not C:\Program Files (x86)\Scansoft\PaperPort as normally prompted)

    2. now carry on and install as normal
    3. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Now PaperPort 11 Pro is installed, back in the Longbow Reviver tool
    1. select the 2nd tab “Old Program Reviver
    2. pick the newly installed c:\Scansoft\PaperPort11 folder and click ‘Fix Old Program’
    3. Say ‘No’ if the Reviver tool asks if you want to re-register…
  6. Now you can happily run your PaperPort 11 Pro

Troubleshooting

  • No current troubleshooting notes.
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD LT97 on Windows 11

AutoCAD LT97 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 LT97 gives an error like this one…
Windows 16bit setup error - This app can't run on your PC

“This app can’t run on your PC”

or this one…
Setup Halted System requirements error Wrong OS, AutoCAD supports Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 5.0, Windows 95 and Windows 98
“Wrong OS, AutoCAD supports Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 5.0, Windows 95 and Windows 98” …all is not lost, follow these instructions to install your AutoCAD LT97 on Windows 11…

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD LT97

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any

problems…

  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  1. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  2. Once installed, start the Longbow Converter App…
    1. Now place your AutoCAD LT97 CD in the CDRom Drive
    2. In the Converter App, select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD LT97 installation CD
    4. Next, click the “Run Old Installer” button and follow the onscreen instructions. If all is well a dialog will appear stating success, simply click OK to start your AutoCAD setup
      1. Now I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait up to 45 minutes for your AutoCAD LT97 setup.exe program to appear, be patient – NOTE: do not continue with the install until reading the next step…
    5. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next steps all the way to the end! By the way, if your AutoCAD LT97 setup does not start after 45 minutes, read the Troubleshooting section below.
  3. In the AutoCAD setup program…
    1. navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
      1. Make sure you do a Typical Install (not a Full Install)
      2. When you get to the installation folder input dialog **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadlt97 (not Program Files\AutoCADLT97 as usually prompted)**
  1. Now carry on with the install
    1. Do not reboot once the install is complete
    2. Ignore any errors related to not being able to create the shortcut e.g. “Cannot Create folder ‘AutoCAD LT97’, you will have to create a shortcut on your computer Desktop to your c:\acadlt97\aclt.exe by hand.
    3. Again, do not reboot if prompted to do so
  2. Once your AutoCAD setup has completed the installation…
    1. Make sure you fully close the setup program.
    2. Once the setup is closed the Converter will automatically fix the c:\acadlt97 program files. You should see “Success!” displayed in the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    3. Now reboot your PC
  3. You can now run your AutoCAD LT97, using Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\acadlt97 and double click aclt.exe

Troubleshooting

  • If your AutoCAD LT97 setup is not starting after 45 minutes…
    1. First try turning off UAC, rebooting, then restart the steps above.
    2. 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 LT97 from Windows Safe Mode
  • If you are getting an application failure with Unhandled Exception 0x800F0922
    • The security software (ESET Nod 32) must uninstalled; suspending it not effective
  • 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD LT 2002 on Windows 11

If you are a seasoned AutoCAD LT 2002 user, no doubt you will at some point have run into the famous GEDIT 3 error and been very frustrated with it. That error occurs because of certain video card drivers and/or certain types of anti-virus software setups.

On Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8, the GEDIT 3 error is even more prominent because of all the new security features that are inside of Windows 7 and 8. The good news is that it’s totally possible to eradicate the GEDIT 3 error by follow the instructions below.
 

Follow these instructions to solve issues around installing/running your legacy AutoCAD LT 2002 on Windows 11

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD LT 2002 

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD LT 2002 CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “…” button, pick your AutoCAD CD
    4. Click “Run Old Installer
      1. Read and follow all the prompts
      2. Once the AutoCAD setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  5. In the AutoCAD setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog…
      1. **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadlt2002 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD LT 2002 which is normally default)** – e.g.

        You must change the default AutoCAD LT 2002 Install path
      2. Once setup completes…
        1. Do not reboot if asked to do so
        2. Make sure to fully close the setup program when the installation is complete.
  6. Back in the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab, it should say SUCCESS!
  7. Finally, reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD and once registered, exit AutoCAD and continue to the next step.
  8. Next, obtain the AutoCAD LT 2002 sp1 from here unzip and save to c:\Autodesk\spdo not install yet
  9. Next, obtain the AutoCAD LT 2002 sp2 from here (or AutoCAD LT 2002 sp2 locked version from here) and save to c:\Autodesk\sp do not install yet
  10. Go back into the Converter
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver”
    2. Using the “. . .” button, select the c:\Autodesk\sp folder
    3. click “Fix Old Program“.
      1. Now Install the LT 2002 sp1 by running c:\Autodesk\sp\acad2002LTsp1.exe
        1. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you get a 114 error, contact Longbow Software Support to get them to fix it for you.
      2. Next, install the LT 2002 sp2 by running either the unlocked c:\Autodesk\sp\acltk044-k047unl.exe or the locked c:\Autodesk\sp\acltk044-k047swl.exe
        1. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you get a 114 error, contact Longbow Software Support to get them to fix it for you.
  1. Finally, reboot your PC and run AutoCAD as normal.

Troubleshooting

  • If you cannot install your AutoCAD LT 2002 Service Packs because of an error “114: Autocad LT 2002 update was not applied” – 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 AutoCAD LT 2002
    2. Next, simply copy all of the AutoCAD LT 2002 program files and folders from your old Windows XP machine to a USB drive – copy the “contents” of C:\Program Files\AutoCAD LT 2002
    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\AutoCAD LT 2002 folder into your newly installed c:\acadlt2002 folder – you should see a question if you should overwrite all files, say YES
  • 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

Most likely, the reason you found this page is because your Adobe Illustrator 10 Autoplay does nothing when you click the “Adobe Illustrator 10” install button…

Adobe Illustrator 10 button does nothing when clicked

Adobe Illustrator 10 button does nothing when clicked

…the good news is, that it can be solved!

Installing your Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

How to install Adobe Illustrator 10

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 Reviver tool here – you need version 4.10 or newer
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Adobe Illustrator 10 install CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Illustrator10
  3. Start the Longbow Reviver tool, select the 1st tab “Old Installer Reviver“, then using the ‘…’ button pick the  c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Illustrator10\Adobe Illustrator 10.0.3 folder
    1. Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer’ button
    2. Read and understand all the prompts that appear, then continue by clicking OK.
  4. Once your Adobe Illustrator 10 setup screen appears, install as normal except:
    1. As shown just below, when you arrive at the install to ‘Destination Folder” – it is vitally important that you install to c:\adobe\illustrator 10 (not C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Illustrator 10.0.3 as normally prompted)

      Adobe Illustrator 10 select folder

      Adobe Illustrator 10 select folder

    2. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Now Illustrator is installed. In the Longbow Reviver tool, select the 2nd tab “Old Program Reviver“, pick the newly installed c:\adobe\illustrator 10 folder and click ‘Fix Old Program’
    1. Say ‘No’ if the Reviver tool asks if you want to re-register…
  6. Now you can happily run your Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit!

Troubleshooting

  • If your setup is not appearing within 1 hour, reboot into Safe Mode and try the same process as above again.
Copyright 2019 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD for Windows 95 (LT95) on Windows 11

As an existing AutoCAD LT95 user, you most likely cannot do without your beloved AutoCAD. With the latest hardware and required move to new Windows versions, trying to install your AutoCAD LT95 gives an error like this one…

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

“This app can’t run on your PC”

or this one…

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

…all is not lost, follow these instructions to install your LT95 on Windows 11…

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD LT95

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…

  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  1. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  2. Once installed, start the Longbow Converter App…
    1. Now place your AutoCAD LT95 CD in the CDRom Drive
    2. In the Converter App, select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD LT95 installation CD
    4. Next, click the “Run Old Installer” button and follow the onscreen instructions. If all is well a dialog will appear stating success, simply click OK to start your AutoCAD setup
      1. Now I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait up to 45 minutes for your AutoCAD LT95 setup.exe program to appear, be patient – NOTE: do not continue with the install until reading the next step…
    5. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next steps all the way to the end! By the way, if your AutoCAD LT95 setup does not start after 45 minutes, read the Troubleshooting section below.
  3. In the AutoCAD LT95 setup program…
    1. navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    2. Make sure you do a Typical Install (not a Full Install)
    3. When you get to the installation folder input dialog **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadLT95 (not Program Files\AutoCAD LT95 as usually prompted)**
  4. Now carry on with the install
    1. Do not reboot once the install is complete
    2. Ignore any errors related to not being able to create the shortcut e.g. “Cannot Create folder ‘AutoCAD LT95’“, you will have to create a shortcut on your computer Desktop to your c:\acadLT95\acad.exe by hand.
    3. Again, do not reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Once your AutoCAD LT95 setup has completed the installation…
    1. Make sure you fully close the setup program.
    2. Once the setup is closed the Converter will automatically fix the c:\acadLT95 program files. You should see “Success!” displayed in the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    3. Now reboot your PC
  6. You can now run your AutoCAD LT95, using Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\acadLT95 and double click aclt.exe

Troubleshooting

  • If your AutoCAD setup is not starting after 45 minutes…
    1. First try turning off UAC, rebooting, then restart the steps above.
    2. 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 LT95 from Windows Safe Mode
  • If you are getting either a Bad Mem Pointer error and or a Smartheap handler recursively re-entered error when you start your AutoCAD then you need to re-run all the steps above, taking care to do each step precisely as it says, most likely you are missing from step 5 or you have not installed to c:\acadLT95 as stated in step (7) above.
  • When starting AutoCAD, if you receive an ‘acad.exe – System Error’ message: The program can’t start because ac1st15.dll is missing from your computerTry reinstalling the program to fix this problem. If you carried out step (7) above, then try rebooting your PC
  • 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
  • Issues with Calcomp Digitizer – Calcomp Digitizer not working
  • If the setup displays an error message InstallError (IUO)               
    (X)  not enough space(IUO) try unplugging any External USB drives
  • Plotting issues? If you get an error splwow64.exe “The application was unable to start correctly” with error “0xc0000005”
    1. Make sure your Anti-virus and/or Windows Firewall is not blocking splwow64.exe
    2. If the problem persists
      1. First, note that you need the latest version of the Converter App
      2. Start the Converter App
      3. Select the 3d tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” 
      4. Click the Tools Menu->Reduced Power Mode
      5. Using the “…” button, pick your acad.exe folder e.g. c:\acadLT95
      6. Click “Fix Old Program” and follow prompts
  • 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

Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing 64bit AutoCAD LT 2016 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

AutoCAD LT 2016 was not designed to run in Windows 10 (Windows 10 was released after AutoCAD LT 2016) and inevitably you will run into issues such as the infamous Ribbon crashing issue, slow startup problems, text scaling issues, etc.

You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD LT 2016 installation so that you can be up and running again… Just follow these easy instructions:

How to install 64bit AutoCAD LT 2016

  1. First, uninstall any existing AutoCAD LT 2016 installations on your computer
  2. Next, obtain the Longbow Converter App download here
  3. Start the Converter tool
    1. Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using your mouse, right-click the tab text “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter” so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter
    3. Next, using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface.
  4. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup
    2. Once you have completed the AutoCAD installation process…
      1. Completely close the setup program
      2. Go back to the Converter App and make sure it states “Success!
  5. Now you can run your AutoCAD as normal

Troubleshooting

– If your AutoCAD is running really slowly, try disabling your integrated graphics card so you can run your high-performance card instead

– 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 AutoCAD please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD

Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Windows Hangs on Start up after installing AutoCAD 2010

After installing AutoCAD 2010 (or any of the vertical versions) the next reboot causes the computer to hang on start up; Windows gets to the welcome screen and freezes.

Users have solved the issue like this:

  1. Reinstall Windows 10 (or 11)
  2. Install Longbow Converter App
    1. Install https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26347
    2. Install https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26368  
    3. Install https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22  
  3. reboot PC
  4. Run Longbow and then install AutoCAD 2010 32bit using the Longbow Converter App (default install)
  5. Install again https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26347
  6. Install again https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26368  
  7. Install again https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22  
  8. Reboot

Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

 

 

Installing 32bit AutoCAD LT 2012 on Windows 11

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD 2012 on 64bit Windows 11. Some common issues are error messages like these

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD LT® 2012”
  • “You cannot install this product on the current operating system”
  • “You are attempting to use a 32-bit installer on a 64-bit operating system”
  • “This is a 32-bit AutoCAD LT® 2012. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD LT 2012 installation so that you can be up and running again… Follow these instructions:

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD LT 2012

  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  5. Start the Converter App and note the user interface
  6. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    1. Using the “. . .” button, selection your AutoCAD installation CD
    2. Next, click the “Convert button and follow instructions
  7. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup
      1. if you see a dialog stating “An App on your PC needs the following Windows Feature: .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)” be sure to click “Download and install this feature” as this must be installed in order for the setup to run.
    2. Simply install as normal, remembering to…
      1. Close the setup program when the installation is complete.
      2. Back in the Converter app and make sure it has completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab – it should be green stating “SUCCESS”
  8. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

Installing AutoCAD 2012 Service Packs

We recommend that you download and install the latest Service Packs from Autodesk which can be found here

Troubleshooting

  1. If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here
  2. If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:
    1. Try uninstalling the July 2014 Microsoft security update
    2. Try downgrading your Internet Explorer (IE) from version 11 to version 10 by following the instructions detailed here
  3. 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD 2007 on Windows 11

If you are trying to install your old version of AutoCAD 2007 on Windows 11 you can run into lots of problems. Because there are so many issues, we created an App called the Longbow Converter to automatically smooth over installation and running issues for you. All you need to do is follow these steps to install your AutoCAD 2007 on Windows 11 and make it work… IMPORTANT NOTE: Autodesk no longer supply License Activation codes for this version of AutoCAD. The best way is to transfer your existing license to the new PC but there are other options, we document them here

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders. NOTE: Autodesk no longer supply License Activation codes for this version of AutoCAD. The best way is to transfer your existing license to the new PC but there are other options, we document them here

How to install AutoCAD 2007 

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented (including using the same folder names and paths) as this will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool by double clicking the Longbow Converter shortcut on your Desktop…
  5. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD 2007 CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
      1. Using the “…” button, path the to your AutoCAD 2007 CD
      2. Click “Run Old Installer
        1. Read and follow all the prompts
        2. If you see a dialog stating “An App on your PC needs the following Windows Feature: .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)” be sure to click “Download and install this feature” as this must be installed in order for the setup to run
        3. Once the AutoCAD 2007 setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  6. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you click the Install link from your setup you may see a dialog box appear saying – “This program has compatibility issues” – simply check the “Don’t show this message again” and then click the “Run the program without getting help” button
    2. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acad2007 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2007)**.
    3. Once AutoCAD has installed
      1. completely close setup
      2. Go back to the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab
  7. Now reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD as normal
    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…”

Installing AutoCAD 2007 Sp1

To install the sp for your AutoCAD…
  1. Download the AutoCAD 2007 Sp1
  2. Copy the autocad2007sp1.exe to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now you can run the autocad2007sp1.exe from Windows explorer and install normally.
  5. Next install sp2 just below…

Installing AutoCAD 2007 Sp2

To install the sp for your AutoCAD…
  1. Download the AutoCAD 2007 Sp2
  2. Copy the autocad2007sp2.exe to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now you can run the autocad2007sp2.exe from Windows explorer and install normally.

Troubleshooting

  1. If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes
    1. Autodesk no longer supply License Activation codes for this version of AutoCAD. The best way is to transfer your existing license to the new PC but there are other options, we document them here
    2. Try uninstalling the July 2014 Microsoft security update
    3. Try downgrading your Internet Explorer (IE) from version 11 to version 10 by following the instructions detailed here
    4. Perhaps you have a SATA drive – Activation problems with AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD 2007
  2. 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing 32bit AutoCAD 2012 on Windows 11

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD 2012 on 64bit Windows 11. Some common issues are error messages like these

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® 2012”
  • “You cannot install this product on the current operating system”
  • “You are attempting to use a 32-bit installer on a 64-bit operating system”
  • “This is a 32-bit AutoCAD® 2012. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD 2012 installation so that you can be up and running again… Follow these instructions:

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD 2012

IMPORTANT NOTE: Autodesk no longer supply License Activation codes for this version of AutoCAD. The best way is to transfer your existing license to the new PC but there are other options, we document them here

  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  5. Start the Converter App and note the user interface
  6. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    1. Using the “. . .” button, selection your AutoCAD installation CD
    2. Next, click the “Convert button and follow instructions
  7. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup
      1. if you see a dialog stating “An App on your PC needs the following Windows Feature: .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)” be sure to click “Download and install this feature” as this must be installed in order for the setup to run.
    2. Simply install as normal, remembering to…
      1. Close the setup program when the installation is complete.
      2. Back in the Converter app and make sure it has completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab – it should be green stating “SUCCESS”
  8. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

Installing AutoCAD 2012 Service Packs

We recommend that you download and install the latest Service Packs from Autodesk which can be found here

Troubleshooting

  1. If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here
  2. If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:
    1. Try uninstalling the July 2014 Microsoft security update
    2. Try downgrading your Internet Explorer (IE) from version 11 to version 10 by following the instructions detailed here
  3. 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD 2004 on Windows 11

NOTE: We currently only support US unlocked versions of 2004 on 64bit OS. European or locked US support 2004 is limited only to 32bit Windows 11.

Follow these instructions to solve issues around installing/running your legacy AutoCAD 2004 on Windows 11

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD 2004 

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD 2004 CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “…” button, pick your AutoCAD CD
    4. Click “Run Old Installer
      1. Read and follow all the prompts
      2. Once the AutoCAD setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  5. In the AutoCAD setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog…
      1. **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acad2004 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2004)**. Now install…
      2. While installing…
        1. If you see an error in install “.NET Runtime Optimization Service has stopped working” – simply ignore by clicking the “Close Program” button
        2. Do not reboot if asked to do so
      3. Once installed
        1. Do not reboot if asked to do so
        2. Make sure to fully close the setup program when the installation is complete.
        3. Back in the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab
  6. Finally, reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD as normal
    1. NOTE: When starting AutoCAD, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues
      1. Click “Don’t show this message again”
      2. then click “Run the Program…”

Installing AutoCAD 2004 Sp1

To install the sp for your AutoCAD…
  1. Download your AutoCAD 2004 Sp1
  2. Copy the service pack exe installer to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter App
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. Using the “. . .” button, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder
    3. click “Fix Old Program“.
  4. Now you can run the service pack exe installer from Windows explorer as normal

Troubleshooting

  1. 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD ADT 2000/2i on Windows 11

Users of AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2i (aka AutoCAD ADT 2000) 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 ADT 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 trying to install AutoCAD ADT 2i on Windows 11

…all is not lost, just read on…

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD ADT 2000

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool by double clicking the Longbow Converter shortcut on your Desktop… .
    1. Insert your AutoCAD ADT 2000 CD
    2. Select the 2nd tab titled “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver” by clicking on it
    3. Next, using the ‘…’ button select your AutoCAD ADT 2000 CD
    4. Next, click the “Run Old Installer” button and follow the onscreen instructions. If all is well a dialog will appear stating success, simply click OK to start your AutoCAD setup.
  5. For AutoCAD ADT 2000, the Migration Wizard almost instantly pops up
    1. simply click “Install….” as normal.
    2. Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait at least 45 minutes for your AutoCAD ADT 2000 setup.exe program to fully appear – please be patient
    3. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step
  6. 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:\adt2000 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Architectural Desktop as usually prompted)**  e.g.
    1. Once you have set the Destination Folder to c:\adt2000, install as normal by selecting the Typical install
    2. Ignore the error message that the shortcut cannot be created “Cannot create folder AutoCAD Architectural Desktop” you will need to create the program shortcut by hand once the installation is finished.
    3. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  7. Once setup has completed…
    1. Make sure to fully close the setup program
    2. Back in the Converter App…
      1. make sure it has completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab – it should display “SUCCESS” in green…
  8. Now Reboot your PC
  9. Your AutoCAD ADT 2i is ready to run as it is right now, simply use Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\adt2000 and double click acad.exe (if you want a shortcut on the Desktop you will have to manually create it)

Installing AutoCAD 2000 Express Tools

If you rely on AutoCAD 2000 Express Tools or you are seeing “Missing Application: RTEXT” Proxy dialog when you are loading on a drawing, here are the instructions for installing Express Tools Volume 9 for AutoCAD 2000

 

Installing AutoCAD 2000 Service Pack 1

  1. Download AutoCAD 2000 sp1 from here
    1. Unzip the downloaded zip file to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  2. Start the Converter
    1. select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    2. pick the c:\Autodesk\sp\AutoCAD 2000 sp1 folder
    3. click ‘Run Old Installer
    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 the downloaded zip file to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3.  
  4. Start the Converter
    1. select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    2. pick the c:\Autodesk\sp\AutoCAD 2000 sp2 folder
    3. click ‘Run Old Installer
    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

If you use 3D a lot in AutoCAD 2000, you should read on to install the 3DUpdate…

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

NOTE: Some users have found that the 3D Graphics System Update runs through the install as normal but doesn’t actually update the modules. If you suspect this is true, contact Longbow Software Support.

Troubleshooting

  • If your AutoCAD ADT 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
  • If when you start AutoCAD, you see error messages about missing missing aclst15.dll or missing ACUTIL15.dll or missing ACDB15.dll or missing acge15.dll
    • In the Converter app Using the 3rd tab, pick your c:\adt2000 folder and click ‘Fix’. Then reboot…
    • If this doesn’t fix the problem, contact Longbow Software Support.
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