Installing 32bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 on 64bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 on newer versions of 64bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Some common issues are error messages like these…

“This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008”

You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 installation so that you can be up and running again… Follow these instructions:

How to install AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start In the Converter App
  3. Insert your AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 CD into your CDRom drive…
    1. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 installation CD
    3. Next, click the “Convert button and follow instructions
  4. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup
    2. Simply install as normal, remembering to…
      1. Fully close the AutoCAD setup application once complete
      2. Close the Converter App.
  5. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

Installing the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 sp2 (contains sp1)

We recommend that you download and install the latest sp2 from Autodesk which can be found here – AutoCAD Civil 3d 2008 sp2

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 Civil 3D 2011 on 64bit 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® Civil 3D® 2011”
  • “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® Civil 3D® 2011. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 32bit 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. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. If you have CDs:
    1. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your Civil 3D 2011 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\Civil3d2011
    2. Next, copy Disk 2 of your Civil 3D CD directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\Civil3d2011 folder
    3. Same again for Disk 3
  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\Civil3d2011), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the Civil 3D 2011 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\Civil3d2011 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 Civil3d 2011 folder, then click Fix.
  7. Now you can happily run your Civil 3D 2011 32bit on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8 64bit.

Installing the 32bit Civil 3D Service Packs

We recommend that you download and install the latest Service Packs from Autodesk which can be found here (you will need the 32bit versions) –

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

Copyright 2016 (c) Longbow Software