Installing Autodesk Land Desktop 2007 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Installing AutoCAD LDT 2007 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

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

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Copy your LDT 2007 installation CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ldt2007 
    1. NOTE: If you have more CD’s, simply copy the contents of each CD directly over the top of Disk 1, basically, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\ldt2007 folder with the files from each of the CDs
  3. Next, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\ldt2007 folder (where you copied your LDT CDs to on your hard drive), and click the Run Old Installer button. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions… (if you cannot move past the first screen in the setup, see Trouble Shooting below)…
    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”.
    2. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\ldt2007 (not C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk Land Desktop 2007 that is defaulted)**.
    3. If asked to reboot after the install, say NO
  5. Once installed, do not reboot, make sure you fully close the AutoCAD setup program (because the Converter is waiting for the setup program to fully close) then go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed c:\ldt2007 folder and click the Fix Old Program button.
  6. Now you can run your Autodesk LDT 2007 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, both 32bit and 64bit.
    1. NOTE: When starting AutoCAD, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues“, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program…

Troubleshooting:

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

– If you cannot navigate to the next page in the Setup (because clicking on the install links does nothing)…

  1. Having completed steps 1 through 3 above, Start Windows Explorer and navigate to c:\Autodesk\civil3d2007\bin\installer then run Setup.exe
  2. Once setup.exe starts, resume the instructions above starting at step 4 above

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Install 32bit AutoCAD Electrical 2008 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

NOTE: This blog post specifically solves issues related to these error messages on installation…

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® Electrical® 2008”
  • “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® Electrical® 2008. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

…Also, hung “Merging content…” message while installing…

Installing 32bit AutoCAD Electrical 2008 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

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

  1. First of all, you need V7.37 of the Longbow Converter (or newer) – obtain the latest version of the Longbow Converter here
  2. If you have CDs (if not skip to step 3 below):
    1. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your AutoCAD Electrical 2008 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2008
    2. If you have more CD’s, copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2008 folder
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk
    1. Run the exe, it will ask to unzip to a folder inside of c:\Autodesk, make a note of the folder name created for later use (we’ll refer to it from here as c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2008), now click OK.
    2. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD Electrical 2008 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool (V7.37 or newer), select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2008 folder, and click the Convert button.
  5. Once the conversion process is complete, click Install/Run Setup to start setup. Simply install as normal.
  6. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\Acade 2008 folder, then click Fix Old Program
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD 2008 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

Troubleshooting:

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

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

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Installing 32bit AutoCAD 2008 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

NOTE: This blog post specifically solves issues related to these error messages on installation of 32bit AutoCAD 2008…

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD®”
  • “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® 2008. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing 32bit AutoCAD 2008 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

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

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. If you have CDs (if not check (3) below):
    1. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your AutoCAD 2008 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\AutoCAD2008
    2. If you have more CD’s, copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\AutoCAD2008 folder
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk
    1. Run the exe, it will ask to unzip to a folder inside of c:\Autodesk, make a note of the folder for later use (we’ll refer to it from here as c:\Autodesk\AutoCAD2008), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD 2008 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\AutoCAD2008 folder, and click the Convert button.
  5. Once the conversion process is complete, click Install/Run Setup to start setup. Simply install as normal.
  6. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2008 folder, then click ‘Fix’
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD 2008 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

Installing the AutoCAD 2008 Service Packs

Installing AutoCAD 2008 sp1

  1. Download the Download the AutoCAD 2008 sp1 zip from here (autocad2008lockedsp1.exe)
  2. Unzip the zip file and simply run the autocad2008lockedsp1.exe – 32-bit as normal

Troubleshooting:

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

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

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Install 32bit AutoCAD Electrical 2009 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

NOTE: This blog post specifically solves issues related to these error messages on installation…

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® Electrical® 2009”
  • “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® Electrical® 2009. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

…Also, hung “Merging content…” message while installing…

Installing 32bit AutoCAD Electrical 2009 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

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

  1. First of all, you need V9.20 of the Longbow Converter (or newer) – obtain the latest version of the Longbow Converter here
  2. If you have CDs (if not skip to step 3 below) you must copy ALL CDs to your hard drive using the following instructions…
    1. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your AutoCAD Electrical 2009 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2009
    2. If you have more CD’s, copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2009 folder
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk
    1. Run the exe, it will ask to unzip to a folder inside of c:\Autodesk, make a note of the folder name created for later use (we’ll refer to it from here as c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2009), now click OK.
    2. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD Electrical 2009 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  4. Next start the Longbow Converter tool (V9.20 or newer)
    1. select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Pick the c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2009 folder (where you copied the CDs to)
    3. then click the “Convert… button
  5. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup.
    2. Install as normal, EXCEPT – you must install to “c:\AcadE2009” (<<< the exact text, anything else will fail!) instead of c:\Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Electrical.
    3. NOTE: Be sure to download any updates that the setup offers you.
  6. Windows 8 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\Acade 2009 folder, then click Fix Old Program
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD 2009 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Troubleshooting:

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

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

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Installing Adobe Photoshop 5.0 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

This post solves all issues related to installing Adobe Photoshop 5.0 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and/or Windows 8.1 both 64bit and 32bit…

…including the Autoplay application where it simply does nothing…

Adobe Photoshop Autoplay options do nothing

Adobe Photoshop Autoplay options do nothing

and/or you are seeing a message appear when running 16bit setup.exe…

This app can't run on your PC. To find a version that runs with your PC check with the publisher

This app can’t run on your PC. To find a version that runs with your PC check with the publisher.

Installing your Adobe Photoshop 5.0 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

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
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Adobe Photoshop 5.0 install CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Photoshop5
  3. Start the Longbow Reviver tool, select the 1st tab “Old Installer Reviver“, pick the c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Photoshop5 folder. At this point, the Reviver tool will display a message telling you that setup.exe was not found, at this point, select Yes, then pick the c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Photoshop5\AUTOPLAY.EXE
    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. You will see the AUTOPLAY.exe setup appear, but don’t get too excited yet, simply close this tool. Instead, open Windows Explorer and navigate to c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Photoshop5\PHOTOSHP then double click the setup.exe…
    1. Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait up to 45 minutes for your Adobe Photoshop 5 setup.exe program to appear. Once the Photoshop 5 setup application displays all in Blue, stop and read the next step…
  5. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, except when you get to the installation folder, make sure you update the entry from .\Adobe\Photoshop 5.0 (notice the dot at the beginning) to c:\Adobe\Photoshop 5.0 
  6. Now carry on with the install (do not reboot once the install is complete). Ignore any errors related to not being able to “…create the folder ‘Adobe Photoshop 5′”, you will have to manually create a shortcut on your computer Desktop to your c:\Adobe\Photoshop 5.0\photoshp.exe by hand.
    1. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  7. Once Photoshop is installed, quit the setup, go back to the Reviver tool, select the 2nd tab “Old Program Reviver“, pick the newly installed c:\Adobe folder and click Fix Old Program.
  8. Finally, create a shortcut on your Desktop which points to c:\Adobe\Photoshop 5.0\photoshp.exe
  9. Now you can happily run your Adobe Photoshop 5.0 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit!
Troubleshooting:
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Installing AutoCAD R14 Architectural Desktop on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

NOTE: We have had the best success installing this product using our Converter solution on Windows 8 and Windows 10, in fact, we strongly advise using Windows 10 for this product.

Installing your AutoCAD Architectural Desktop (R14.01) on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

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

A quick word of advice: best to follow the instructions below precisely and to the letter, including folder names and paths, that way you will reduce the risk of having any problems…

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire AutoCAD R14 Architectural Desktop install CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\adtR14
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\adtR14 folder, and click Run. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait at least 45 minutes for your AutoCAD R14 setup.exe program to appear. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. 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:\adtR14 (not .\AutoCAD or .\AutoCAD Architectural Desktop as usually prompted)**
  5. Now carry on with the install (do not reboot once the install is complete). Ignore any errors related to not being able to “…create the folder ‘AutoCAD Architectural Desktop'”, you will have to create a shortcut on your computer Desktop to your c:\adtR14\acad.exe by hand.
    1. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  6. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed c:\adtR14 folder and click Fix.
  7. Next, create a shortcut to c:\adtR14\acad.exe – make sure the shortcut Target: is set to C:\adtR14\acad.exe /p “C:\adtR14\Desktop.arg”
  8. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Architectural Desktop R14 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit
Troubleshooting:
  • If you are getting either a Bad Mem Pointer error and or a Smartheap handler recursively re-entered error when you start your AutoCAD Architectural Desktop then you need to re-run all the steps above, taking care to do each step precisely as it says.
  • 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 you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs inside of AutoCAD please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD
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