Installing Map 3D 2016 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

NOTE: This blog post specifically solves issues related to these error messages on installation of AutoCAD Map3D 2016…

  • “This operating system isn’t supported by AutoCAD”
  • “You can’t 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 ‘version’. It can’t be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD Map 3D 2016 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 Map 3D CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\Map3d2016
    2. Next, if you have a second CD, copy Disk 2 of your Map 3D CD directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\Map3d2016 folder
    3. Same again for Disk 3, if there is one
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk named something like “Autodesk_Map_2016_English_Win_32bit_DLM.sfx.exe
    1. Run the Autodesk_Map_2016_English_Win_32bit_DLM.sfx.exe, it will ask to unzip to a folder inside of c:\Autodesk, make a note of the folder for later use (for simplicity sake, we’ll refer to it from here as c:\Autodesk\Map3d2016), now click “OK”. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, note that the Map 3D 2016 setup will automatically launch – make sure you close the setup and move to the next step.
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\Map3d2016 folder, and click the Convert button.
  5. Once the conversion process is complete, click Install/Run Setup to start setup. Next, just 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\AutoCAD Map 3d 2016 folder, then click ‘Fix Old Program‘.
  7. Now you can happily run your Map 3D 2016 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 64bit!


– 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

Installing DrafixCAD on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 64bit

If you are having problems installing your DrafixCAD on your new PC, like you are unable to run the setup.exe as shown below, then read on…

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

Windows 16bit setup error – This app can’t run on your PC

NOTE: DrafixCAD 3.0 is not currently supported on 64bit Windows, you will need 32bit Windows.

How to install DrafixCAD

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. Copy your entire Drafix CAD CD to a folder on your hard drive, say C:\DrafixCAD\CD
  3. Start the Longbow Reviver tool
    1. Select the 1st tab named “Old Installer Reviver
    2. Next, select the path the folder where you copied the CD to = should be C:\DrafixCAD\CD
    3. Next, hit the ‘Fix Old Installer‘ button and follow the onscreen instructions
    4. Once you have clicked the final OK button the Reviver will force the setup.exe to start up. Be patient – it may take up to 90 minutes to start, so go and make some coffee!
  4. When the DrafixCAD setup appears
    1. If setup asks you if you want “Network”, if possible say No – selecting Network will give a “Can’t Open Library” error on first launch.
    2. Install as normal except make sure you **don’t** install to C:\Program Files (x86)\Softdesk\CAD, instead, install to C:\Softdesk\CAD 
      Select a different folder

      Be sure to select a different folder c:\Softdesk\cad



    3. Also, don’t reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Once DrafixCAD is installed and before running the application…
    1. Go back to the Reviver tool
    2. select the 2rd tab named “Old Program Reviver
    3. Using the ‘…’ button select the path C:\Softdesk\CAD
    4. then click the ‘Fix Old Program‘ button.
  6. Now you can happily run your DrafixCAD!


  • NOTE: DrafixCAD 3.0 is not currently supported on 64bit Windows, you will need 32bit Windows.

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