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
Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
Start the Converter App and note the user interface
Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter“
Using the “. . .” button, selection your AutoCAD installation CD
Next, click the “Convert“ button and follow instructions
Once the conversion process is complete
click Install/Run Setup to start setup
Simply install as normal, remembering to…
Close the setup program when the installation is complete.
Now back in the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab
Now run your AutoCAD as normal
Installing the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 sp2 (contains sp1)
Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your Civil 3D 2011 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\Civil3d2011
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
Same again for Disk 3
If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk
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.
Now, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\Civil3d2011folder, and click the Convert button.
Once the conversion process is complete, click Install/Run Setup to start setup. Simply install as normal.
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.
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. NOTE once installed, no need to re-run the Converter App