AutoCAD 2015 was not designed to run in the latest releases of Windows 10 and inevitably you will run into issues such as the infamous Ribbon crashing issue, slow startup problems, text scaling issues, etc.
You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD 2015 installation so that you can be up and running again… Just follow these easy instructions:
How to install 64bit AutoCAD 2015
First, uninstall any existing AutoCAD 2015 installations on your computer
Next, obtain the Longbow Converter App (V11.15 or higher), download here
Start the Converter tool
Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter“
Using your mouse, right-click the tab text “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter” so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter“
Next, using the “. . .“ button, select your AutoCAD installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface.
Once the conversion process is complete
click Install/Run Setup to start setup
Once you have completed the AutoCAD installation process…
Completely close the setup program
Go back to the Converter App and make sure it states “Success!“
If you use VBA inside of 32bit AutoCAD you will have noticed that it is around 1000x times slower when running the same VBA code inside of 64bit AutoCAD.
This is because AutoCAD 64bit ships with the 32bit VBA DLL in a separate out-of-process executable rather than loading the VBA DLL inside of AutoCAD itself. Therefore, a lot of marshaling is incurred communicating between the out-of-process VBA executable and 64bit AutoCAD.
Other issues you may be seeing: Run-time error ‘429’: ActiveX component can’t create object
Affected, all 64bit versions of (and variants of)
AutoCAD 2008 | AutoCAD 2009 | AutoCAD 2010
AutoCAD 2011 | AutoCAD 2012 | AutoCAD 2013
AutoCAD 2014 | AutoCAD 2015
AutoCAD 2016 | AutoCAD 2017
The best solution is to install 32bit AutoCAD on 64bit Windows, here are the affected versions along with their solution text…
Users complain of “autocad crashes when clicking anything” and “autocad crashing when using ribbon”
It seems that a new Computers with the latest version of Windows 10 or computers that recently ran Windows Update for Windows 10 has caused Ribbon crashing issues with AutoCAD versions…
AutoCAD starts up, but any interactions with AutoCAD’s Ribbon, Status bar, or Right clicking the Command line causes AutoCAD to crash out instantly with:
Error: Unhandled Exception
We found that this issue is caused by the new .NET 4.7 update.
This update came down as part of KB3186568 and comes as standard in Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703). Uninstalling all of the affected Windows Updates is not a solution because they are eventually forced down by Microsoft; besides Windows updates usually have security updates which stop hackers from gaining access to your computer so they should always be installed.
We have just released an update to fully fix this issue so you can once again rely on Windows Updates. We have solved this problem via our Longbow Converter App, you will need V10.18 or newer. Here’s what you need to do:
Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter App here
Important: You must first uninstall your current version of AutoCAD before continuing to the next step
Reinstall your AutoCAD by clicking the instructions for your version of AutoCAD below…
If you are trying to open a DWG file with AutoCAD and you get the message “Drawing File was created by an incompatible version” it’s because somewhere along the line your AutoCAD DWG files were saved with a newer version of AutoCAD.
Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your AutoCAD LT 2015 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\AutoCADLT2015
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\AutoCADLT2015 folder
If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_LT_2015_English_Win_32bit.exe
Simply 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\AutoCADLT2015), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD LT 2015 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
Now, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab named ‘AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter‘
pick the c:\Autodesk\AutoCADLT2015 folder
click the ‘Convert‘ button.
Once the conversion process is complete
Click ‘Install/Run Setup‘ to start setup
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 named ‘Old AutoCAD Program Reviver‘
Pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2015 folder
Click ‘Fix Old Program‘.
Now you can happily run your AutoCAD LT 2015 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!
– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:
The Intel Integrated Graphics is a so called “feature” that bypasses your main graphics card to utilize the integrated graphics card save power – the problem is that it for AutoCAD it literally kills AutoCAD performance.
All you need to do is disable the Integrated Graphics feature in your computer’s BIOS setup (usually accessed by pressing a series of shortcut keys right at the start of your computer’s boot sequence startup) and you will be back to normal in no time – just know that disabling this power saving feature will use more battery power obviously.
I can’t comment on how to specifically disable it in your BIOS because it is computer specific, you will have to search for that yourself – I created this link to save you the time searching for “How to disable intel integrated graphics”
Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your AutoCAD Architecture 2015 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ADT2015
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\ADT2015 folder
If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_Arch_2015_English_Win_32_64bit_en-us_Setup.exe
Simply 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\ADT2015), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD Architecture 2015 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\ADT2015 folder, and click the Convert button.
Once the conversion process is complete, click Install/Run Setup to start setup. Simply install as normal.