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

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

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

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

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

Troubleshooting:

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

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

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

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

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Upgrading your existing AutoCAD to Windows 10

So you have an old PC with a working copy of AutoCAD and you want to move to Windows 10. Here are some useful notes on what to consider and how to move to Windows 10…

Autodesk License Activation for AutoCAD 2010 or older no longer available

That’s right, Autodesk no longer support versions of AutoCAD 2010 or earlier which means that they will not give you a new authorization code. That means you will have to activate your AutoCAD license without Autodesk – you do have 3 options:

  1. Transfer your existing AutoCAD license from your old PC to your new PC. Your AutoCAD install CD comes with utility to do the job, see below… (A good idea is, before you transfer the AutoCAD license from your old PC to the new PC clone your old PC hard drive. This ensures you have a backup of your old PC with a valid license)
    1. AutoCAD 2009 or older – transfer license using the Autodesk Portable License Transfer Utility

      NOTE: AutoCAD 2006/2007
      users – you MUST install this patch so you do not lose your activation through a bug in the software once it is transferred to the new PC

       

    2. AutoCAD 2010 or newer – transfer license using the License Transfer Utility

       

  2. If you have an Autodesk Network licensing setup, keep it. Apparently, if you have this you are completely safe from shutdown and you can move to new systems without problems.
  3. Call Autodesk an explain your situation, we heard some people managed to get an activation code because their existing one was lost through software fault.
  4. AutoCAD R13, R14, 2000, 2000i, 2002 and 2004 all work well on Windows 10. Use Autodesk’s free DWGTruview to convert newer DWG versions back to any of these versions.
  5. Find the AutoCAD Keygen application online somewhere and generate your authcode using that tool. I should point out that it’s highly illegal to use that tool for hacked serial numbers. However, some might wonder if it is still illegal to use with a paid/valid serial number? Please do your own legal checks on that question before using.

Windows XP and Windows Vista AutoCAD users upgrading to Windows 10

For those of you who are still running AutoCAD on Windows XP and want to upgrade to Windows 10, you will need to

  1. Get a new Windows 10 PC, preferably one without (or disabled) Intel onBoard graphics.
  2. Once you have a Windows 10 PC, run Windows Update until there are no more updates left to be installed.
  3. Next, install your AutoCAD using the Converter app…
    1. click on the version of AutoCAD you have (it explains all that you need to do) : AutoCAD R14 AutoCAD 2000 AutoCAD 2000i AutoCAD 2002 AutoCAD 2004 AutoCAD 2005 AutoCAD 2006 AutoCAD 2007 AutoCAD 2008 32bit AutoCAD 2009 32bit AutoCAD 2010 32bit AutoCAD 2011 32bit AutoCAD 2012 32bit AutoCAD 2013 32bit AutoCAD 2014 32bit 
    2. NOTE: If you can’t find your version listed, use the “Search” at the top left of this page
    3. Transfer the AutoCAD license as described above

Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 AutoCAD users upgrading to Windows 10

Here’s how to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 so that you can carry on using AutoCAD…

  1. Transfer your existing AutoCAD license from your old PC to your new PC. Your AutoCAD install CD comes with utility to do the job, see below… (A good idea is, before you transfer the AutoCAD license from your old PC to the new PC clone your old PC hard drive. This ensures you have a backup of your old PC with a valid license)
    1. AutoCAD 2009 or older – transfer license using the Autodesk Portable License Transfer Utility

      NOTE: AutoCAD 2006/2007 users – you MUST install this patch so you do not lose your activation through a bug in the software once it is transferred to the new PC
    2. AutoCAD 2010 or newer – transfer license using the License Transfer Utility
  2. Next, uninstall all AutoCAD versions on your system; it’s very important that you do this, if you don’t the Autodesk licensing system may get corrupted when you upgrade to Windows 10 at which point you will have to wipe the computer and start again.
  3. Now Upgrade to Windows 10
  4. Obtain the latest Longbow Converter supporting Windows 10 here
  5. Next, install your AutoCAD using the Converter app…
    1. click on the version of AutoCAD you have (it explains all that you need to do) : AutoCAD R14 AutoCAD 2000 AutoCAD 2000i AutoCAD 2002 AutoCAD 2004 AutoCAD 2005 AutoCAD 2006 AutoCAD 2007 AutoCAD 2008 32bit AutoCAD 2009 32bit AutoCAD 2010 32bit AutoCAD 2011 32bit AutoCAD 2012 32bit AutoCAD 2013 32bit AutoCAD 2014 32bit 
    2. If you can’t find your version listed, use the “Search” at the top left of this page
    3. AutoCAD 2006/2007 users – you MUST install this patch so you do lose your license activation randomly 
  • What happens if you already upgraded to Windows 8.1 with your existing AutoCAD installation – most likely your AutoCAD will not run, nor will you be able to repair it. The best thing to get your AutoCAD running again is to carry out a Windows Reset.

Users of 32bit AutoCAD versions 2002 thru 2013 and running or Windows 7 upgrading to Windows 8.1

If you have a working Windows 7 machine and you are thinking to upgrade to Windows 8.1 best just stay where you are. Better to upgrade to Windows 10, aside from being a free upgrade, it seems to be a much better platform too.

With that said, if you must upgrade your working Windows 7 system to Windows 8.1, then it is of course possible using our Longbow Converter tool – you ***must*** first uninstall all AutoCAD products before doing the upgrade. Once Windows 8.1 has been installed, just use the Longbow Converter to re-install your 32bit AutoCAD software as before.

  • What happens if you already upgraded to Windows 8.1 with your existing AutoCAD installation – most likely your AutoCAD will not run, nor will you be able to repair it. The best thing to get your AutoCAD running again is to carry out a Windows Reset.

Users of 64bit AutoCAD versions 2002 thru 2013 and running or Windows 7 upgrading to Windows 8.1

If you have a working Windows 7 machine and you are thinking to upgrade to Windows 8.1 best just stay where you are. Better to upgrade to Windows 10, aside from being a free upgrade, it seems to be a much better platform too.

With that said, if you must upgrade your working Windows 7 system to Windows 8.1, then it is of course possible using our Longbow Converter tool – you ***must*** first uninstall all AutoCAD products before doing the upgrade. Once Windows 8.1 has been installed, install your 64bit AutoCAD products as normal then use the Longbow Converter to fix all 64bit AutoCAD 2008 thru 2013 Windows 8 issues

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