Installing old versions of AutoCAD on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Old versions of AutoCAD were not designed to run in newer versions of Windows and you will find that installing them the normal way yields lots of issues or even failure to install at all.

The Longbow Converter app allows old versions of AutoCAD to be installed on new versions of Windows, removing all known compatibility issues automatically for you.

Instructions for installing old versions of AutoCAD on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Versions

  • AutoCAD 2008   AutoCAD 2009   AutoCAD 2010   AutoCAD 2011   AutoCAD 2012   AutoCAD 2013
  • AutoCAD 2014   AutoCAD 2015   AutoCAD 2016   AutoCAD 2017
  • 32bit or 64bit
  1. Make sure all previous installed versions of AutoCAD are uninstalled first.
  2. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  3. Start the Converter tool
    1. Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. If your AutoCAD is 64bit
      1. Using your mouse, right click the tab text “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter” so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter
    3. Next, using the “…” button, select your AutoCAD installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface
  4. Once you have completed the AutoCAD installation process…
    1. close the setup program then go back to the Converter app again
    2. This time, select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
      1. Using the “…” button, pick the folder where your AutoCAD was just installed (for 64bit in c:\Program Files and for 32bit in c:\Program Files (x86)
      2. then click “Fix Old Program
  5. Install any service packs for your AutoCAD
  6. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Troubleshooting

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Installing 64bit AutoCAD Civil 3d 2013 on Windows 10 64bit

Your 64bit AutoCAD Civil3d 2013 was never designed to run in Windows 10 (this version of Windows is newer than AutoCAD 2013). In order for your AutoCAD Civil3d 2013 to run as it did in previous versions of Windows, you need to follow these easy 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. Make sure all previous installed versions of AutoCAD Civil3d 2013 are uninstalled first.
  2. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  3. Start the Converter tool
    1. Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using your mouse, right click the tab text “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter” so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter
    3. Next, using the “…” button, select your AutoCAD Civil3d 2013 installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface.
  4. Once you have completed the AutoCAD Civil3d 2013 installation process…
    1. close the setup program then start the Converter software
    2. Select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
      1. Using the “…” button, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 folder
      2. then click “Fix Old Program
  5. Next install the AutoCAD Civil 3d 2013 sp2 from here
  6. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 64bit on Windows 10

Troubleshooting:

– If your AutoCAD is running really slowly, try disabling your integrated graphics card so you can run your high-performance card instead

– 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 64bit AutoCAD LT 2013 on Windows 10 64bit

Your 64bit AutoCAD LT 2013 was never designed to run in Windows 10 (this version of Windows is newer than AutoCAD LT 2013). In order for your AutoCAD LT 2013 to run as it did in previous versions of Windows, you need to follow these easy 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. Make sure all previous installed versions of AutoCAD 2013 are uninstalled first.
  2. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  3. Start the Converter tool
    1. Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using your mouse, right click the tab text “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter” so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter
    3. Next, using the “…” button, select your AutoCAD installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface.

      NOTE: If the Converter does not recognize your because it is a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_LT_2013_English_Win_64bit.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\AutoCADLT2013), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD LT 2013 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.

  4. Once you have completed the AutoCAD installation process…
    1. close the setup program then start the Converter software
    2. Select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
      1. Using the “…” button, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2013 folder
      2. then click “Fix Old Program
  5. Next install the AutoCAD LT 2013 sp2 from here
  6. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD LT 2013 64bit on Windows 10

Troubleshooting:

– If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here

– If your AutoCAD is running really slowly, try disabling your integrated graphics card so you can run your high-performance card instead

– 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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Uninstalling all Autodesk Products from your Computer

Here’s a good one for you. We added a new tool in our Longbow Converter App which allows you to uninstall all Autodesk products from your computer in one go…

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start the Converter tool
  3. Click the Tools->Advanced->Uninstall all Autodesk Products menu…

    Uninstall All Autodesk Products

    Uninstall All Autodesk Products

  4. The Converter will now list all of the Autodesk products installed on your computer, you can press F5 to refresh. Select which ones you want to be uninstalled, then click Uninstall/Clean

    Uninstall and Clean

    Uninstall and Clean

  5. Note that you will have to interact with the setups, but the software does a really good job of cleaning everything off.

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Visual Basic Applications run very slow in AutoCAD 64bit

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
  • AutoCAD 2018
  • AutoCAD 2019

The Solution:

The best solution is to install 32bit AutoCAD on 64bit Windows, here are the affected versions along with their solution text…

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AutoCAD Freezes on startup (AutoCAD visible but the menus don’t appear)

If your AutoCAD is hanging as soon as it starts (with no Ribbon visible) as shown below…

AutoCAD 2010 Freeze on startup

AutoCAD 2010 Freeze on startup

…then try these steps to fix the problem…

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
  3. Pick the “…” button to select your AutoCAD install folder. (for example C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2010)
    1. next, click “Fix Old Program”
  4. Try your AutoCAD now, it should be fixed.

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Interactions with the AutoCAD Ribbon crashes AutoCAD on Windows 10 (Solved)

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 2012
  • AutoCAD 2013
  • AutoCAD 2014
  • AutoCAD 2015

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:

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter App here
  2. Important: You must first uninstall your current version of AutoCAD before continuing to the next step
  3. Reinstall your AutoCAD by clicking the instructions for your version of AutoCAD below…
32bit versions of  AutoCAD 2012  :  AutoCAD 2013  :  AutoCAD 2014  :  AutoCAD 2015
64bit versions of  AutoCAD 2012  :  AutoCAD 2013  :  AutoCAD 2014  :  AutoCAD 2015

Troubleshooting

  • If you are still having issues with the Ribbon crashing AutoCAD, please contact Longbow Software Support
    • Please tell us what Windows Updates you have installed (see below how to do that)
    • Please tell us what version of Windows you are running (see even further below how to do that)

To see which Windows Updates you have installed

  1. Right Click the Windows Start Menu in the bottom right and pick “Programs and Features

    Select Programs and Features by Right-clicking the Windows 10 Start Menu

    Select Programs and Features by Right-clicking the Windows 10 Start Menu

  2. Click on “View Installed Updates” in the top left…

    Go to View installed Updates

    Go to View installed Updates

Detecting your installed version of Windows 10

  1. Right Click the Windows Start Menu in the bottom right and pick “Run
  2. Type “Winver” then Enter
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Installing 32bit AutoCAD Architecture 2013 on 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® Architecture® 2013”
  • “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® Architecture® 2013. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD Architecture 2013 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. Make sure all previous installed versions of AutoCAD 2013 are uninstalled first.
  2. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  3. If you have CDs (if not check (3) below):
    1. Using Windows Explorer, backup/copy Disk 1 of your ADT 2013 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ADT2013
    2. If you have more CD’s, backup/copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\ADT2013 folder
  4. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_Arch_2013_English_Win_32bit.exe
    1. 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\ADT2013), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the ADT 2013 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  5. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. select the 1st tab titled “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. pick the c:\Autodesk\ADT2013 folder
    3. and click the “Convert…” button..
      1. Simply install as normal.Once the conversion process is complete, click the “Install/Run Setup” button to start setup.
  6. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\AutoCAD Architecture 2013 folder
    3. then click “Fix Old Program”
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Architecture 2013 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!

Installing ADT 2013 Service Packs

There are 2 sp’s for AutoCAD Architecture 2013, these are the the 32bit versions of the sp’s

  1. Here’s sp1 – AutoCAD Architecture 2013 sp1 – install as normal
  2. Here’s sp2 – AutoCAD Architecture 2013 sp2 – install as normal

Troubleshooting:

– If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here

– 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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Opening AutoCAD DWG file gives “Drawing File was created by an incompatible version” message

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.

All is not lost, you can make them open again in your version of AutoCAD, you just need to download the free DWGTrueView App from Autodesk – http://www.autodesk.com/products/dwg/viewers

Once installed, start DWGTrueview and open the DWG file in question, then save as making sure to select the lowest DWG file version that matches your version of AutoCAD.

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Installing 32bit AutoCAD 2013 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD 2013 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® 2013”
  • “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® 2013. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD 2013 installation so that you can be up and running again… Follow these instructions:

How to install AutoCAD 2013

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start In the Converter App and note the user interface
  3. If you have CDs
    1. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD 2013 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. Close the setup program.
      2. Close the Converter App.
  5. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

Installing AutoCAD 2013 Service Packs

There are 2 sp’s for AutoCAD 2013, these are the the 32bit versions of the sp’s

  1. Here’s sp1 – AutoCAD 2013 sp1 – install as normal
  2. Here’s sp2 – AutoCAD 2013 sp2 – install as normal

Troubleshooting:

– If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here

– 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 MEP 2013 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD MEP 2013 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 MEP 2013”
  • “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 MEP 2013. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD MEP 2013 installation so that you can be up and running again… Follow these instructions:

How to install AutoCAD MEP 2013

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start In the Converter App and note the user interface
  3. If you have CDs (if not check (3) below)
    1. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using the “. . .” button, selection your AutoCAD MEP 2013 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. Close the setup program.
      2. Close the Converter App.
  5. Now run your AutoCAD as normal
 

Installing AutoCAD MEP 2013 Service Packs

There are 2 sp’s for AutoCAD MEP 2013, these are the the 32bit versions of the sp’s

  1. Here’s sp1 – AutoCAD MEP 2013 sp1 – install as normal
  2. Here’s spy – AutoCAD MEP 2013 sp2 – install as normal
 

Troubleshooting:

– If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here

– 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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AutoCAD is running really slowly on my brand new computer…

If you have a brand new laptop and you have installed any of these versions of AutoCAD:

  • AutoCAD 2009
  • AutoCAD 2010
  • AutoCAD 2011
  • AutoCAD 2012
  • AutoCAD 2013
  • AutoCAD 2014
  • AutoCAD 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016

…and the performance of your AutoCAD is unbearable, then read on…

Most likely this issue is related to your new computer’s Intel Integrated Graphics – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_HD_and_Iris_Graphics

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

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Installing 64bit AutoCAD 2013 on Windows 10 64bit

Your 64bit AutoCAD 2013 was not really designed to run in Windows 10 (this version of Windows is newer than AutoCAD 2013). In order for your AutoCAD 2013 to run as it did in previous versions of Windows, you need to follow these easy 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. Make sure all previous installed versions of AutoCAD 2013 are uninstalled first.
  2. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  3. Start the Converter tool
    1. Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using your mouse, right click the tab text “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter” so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter
    3. Next, using the “…” button, select your AutoCAD installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface.
  4. Once you have completed the AutoCAD installation process…
    1. close the setup program then start the Converter software
    2. Select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
      1. Using the “…” button, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2013 folder
      2. then click “Fix Old Program
  5. Next install the AutoCAD 2013 sp2 from here 
  6. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD 2013 64bit on Windows 10

Troubleshooting:

– If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here

– If your AutoCAD is running really slowly, try disabling your integrated graphics card so you can run your high-performance card instead

– 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 2017 (c) Longbow Software

Installing 64bit AutoCAD Architecture 2013 on Windows 10 64bit

Your 64bit AutoCAD Architecture 2013 (ADT 2013) was never designed to run in Windows 10 (this version of Windows is newer than AutoCAD 2013). In order for your AutoCAD Architecture 2013 to run as it did in previous versions of Windows, you need to follow these easy 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. Make sure all previous installed versions of AutoCAD 2013 are uninstalled first.
  2. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  3. Start the Converter tool
    1. Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using your mouse, right click the tab text “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter
    3. Next, using the “…” button, select your AutoCAD installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface.
  4. Once you have completed the AutoCAD installation process…
    1. close the setup program then start the Converter software
    2. Select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
      1. Using the “…” button, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD Architecture 2013 folder
      2. then click “Fix Old Program
  5. Next install the AutoCAD Architecture 2013 sp2 from here
  6. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Architecture 2013 64bit on Windows 10

Troubleshooting:

– If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here

– 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 LT 2013 on 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 LT®”
  • “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 LT® 2013. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD LT 2013 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. Make sure all previous installed versions of AutoCAD 2013 are uninstalled first.
  2. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  3. If you have CDs (if not check (3) below):
    1. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your AutoCAD LT 2013 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\AutoCADLT2013
    2. 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\AutoCADLT2013 folder
  4. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_LT_2013_English_Win_32bit.exe
    1. 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\AutoCADLT2013), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD LT 2013 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  5. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab named ‘AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    1. pick the c:\Autodesk\AutoCADLT2013 folder
    2. click the ‘Convert‘ button.
  6. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. Click ‘Install/Run Setup‘ to start setup
    2. Install as normal.
  7. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete…
    1. go back to the Converter, select the 3rd tab named ‘Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. Pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2013 folder
    3. Click ‘Fix Old Program‘.
  8. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD LT 2013 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!

Installing AutoCAD LT 2013 Service Packs

There are 2 sp’s for AutoCAD LT 2013, these are the the 32bit versions of the sp’s

  1. Here’s sp1 – AutoCAD LT 2013 sp1 – install as normal
  2. Here’s sp2 – AutoCAD LT 2013 sp2 – install as normal

Troubleshooting:

– If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here

– 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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Upgrading your working AutoCAD to a new Microsoft Windows version (like Windows 10)

Here are some useful notes on what to do with your AutoCAD when upgrading your Windows version, including upgrading from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 to Windows 10…

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 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

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

If you have an existing working installation of AutoCAD running on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and are thinking about upgrading your currently Windows version to Windows 10 – be cautious! You see, with every new version of Windows (and its updates) comes a new set of compatibility issues, registry changes, file system security updates, internet browser updates, etc which if you blindly upgrade will most likely render your working AutoCAD useless.

With that said, with care, it is totally possible to upgrade to the newest version of Windows and bring your old AutoCAD with you (that’s the point of our Longbow Converter solution) – we 100% fully support Windows 10. We specifically tested the Windows 10 64bit Enterprise and Windows 10 32bit Education versions with a combination of around 850 different install combinations.

Here’s what you need to do in order to upgrade to Windows 10:

  1. First 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.
  2. Now Upgrade to Windows 10
  3. Obtain the latest Longbow Converter supporting Windows 10 here
  4. 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

What happens if you already upgraded to Windows 10 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.

32bit AutoCAD users of 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.
64bit AutoCAD users of versions 2008 thru 2013 upgrading from Windows 7 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

Clean install of Windows 8.1 – installing AutoCAD 32bit 

If you are doing a clean install of Windows 8.1, once Windows 8.1 has been installed, simply use the Longbow Converter to re-install your 32bit AutoCAD software as required.

Clean install of Windows 8.1 – installing AutoCAD 64bit 

If you are doing a clean install of Windows 8.1, once Windows 8 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

  • What happens if you already upgraded to Windows 10 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.

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Installing Map 3D 2013 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 2013…

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® Map 3D®”
  • “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® Map 3D® 2013. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD Map 3D 2013 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\Map3d2013
    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\Map3d2013 folder
    3. Same again for Disk 3, if there is one
  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\Map3d2013), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, note that the Map 3D 2013 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\Map3d2013 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 2013 folder, then click ‘Fix’.
  7. Now you can happily run your Map 3D 2013 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 64bit.

Troubleshooting:

– If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here

– 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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Verifying License… AutoCAD not responding… Crash!

Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users (32bit and 64bit) – If you are encountering Autodesk licensing issues such as blank Authorization code (authcode) screens or even crashing on startup with messages like “Verifying license…” then “AutoCAD has stopped responding” when launching AutoCAD, it could be caused by:

  1. The July 2014 Windows Security Update KB2962872
    1. these KB’s may also affect your system too – KB2943357, KB2977629 and KB2976627
  2. You are using a version of Microsoft Internet Explorer which is not compatible with your version of AutoCAD
    1. Try simply installing the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 from here – EIE11_EN-US_MCM_WIN764.EXE

NOTE: If you are primarily seeing script errors, then first check out how to enable scripting support in IE 11

Here is a list of AutoCAD versions (and other similarly labeled Autodesk products too) that most likely will be affected…

  • AutoCAD 2005
  • AutoCAD 2006
  • AutoCAD 2007
  • AutoCAD 2008
  • AutoCAD 2009
  • AutoCAD 2010
  • AutoCAD 2011
  • AutoCAD 2012
  • AutoCAD 2013
  • AutoCAD 2014

Windows Security Update KB2962872

This update can causes all Autodesk products to crash on licensing verification specifically when using these newer versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 11

You can very easily uninstall KB2962872 using these short steps:

  1. Open your Windows Control Panel
  2. Navigate to Programs
  3. Click View Updates
  4. Now search for KB2962872, if KB2962872 is listed there, simply select it in the listbox and then click uninstall
  5. Let your machine take a while to think, now reboot.
  6. Now try your Autodesk product again.

If the KB2962872 doesn’t solve the problem, these KB’s may also affect your system – KB2943357, KB2977629 and KB2976627

Apparently, this is no longer relevant –  Another reason is that because you have Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 installed on your system. The solution is to rollback to Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, or maybe back as far as Internet Explorer 8

Failing that, I did find this link on the Autodesk website regarding ‘Script Errors in AutoCAD activation‘ – perhaps it helps  somehow. If that fails, and you haven’t yet tried it – Try simply installing the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 from here – EIE11_EN-US_MCM_WIN764.EXE

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AutoCAD File->Save or File->Open Crash…

If are experiencing crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialog inside of AutoCAD (or any other Autodesk product), there are a few items that can cause this:

  1. New HP Machine If you have recently purchased a new HP computer or you have an HP computer for which you have recently carried out an HP update on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1…Check if you have any of these applications installed:
    • HP Trust Center
    • HP Client Security Manager

      If so, uninstall them and reboot. We recommend you find an alternative as they cause this issue.

  2. For AutoCAD versions >= 2008, you can try disabling the InfoCenter toolbar at the top right of AutoCAD.
    1. If you know LISP, this code will work for all versions of AutoCAD 2008 or higher
      1. add this code to the end of your acad.lsp (vl-registry-write (strcat “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\” (vlax-product-key)”\\Applications\\InfoCenterAcConn”) “LOADCTRLS” 0)
    2. If you do not know LISP
      1. Start Regedit.exe
      2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\AutoCAD\<Release.Number>\ACAD-<VerticalCode>:<LanguageCode>\Applications\InfoCenterAcConn 
      3. Set the LoadCtrls value to 0
      4. To turn it back on, simply set LoadCtrls value to 76
  3. Remove all USB devices – older versions of AutoCAD don’t understand what a Samsung Phone is, and this can cause crashes.
  4. If you have been opening DWG files from your USB drive, try re-connecting the drive…
  5. The latest Windows Operating systems (Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1) correctly use strict permission settings for your personal files (Documents folder etc). The problem is that your older version of AutoCAD does not understand these new permission settings, and this can cause AutoCAD to crash. As a quick test, copy the DWG files that always crash when you save to a USB drive, then create a new folder called c:\MyDwgs, now copy the files from your USB to the c:\MyDwgs folder. Finally, try AutoCAD with the DWG files in c:\MyDwgs – is AutoCAD working now? If so, you can either leave your DWG files in that folder, or you’ll need to relax the permissions on your DWG folder to allow access to AutoCAD.
  6. MSN Plugin – if you see MSN as an entry in your Windows Explorer, uninstall MSN – AutoCAD doesn’t like this.
  7. For versions of AutoCAD >= 2000i here’s a quick fix to bypass the problem (although hard to remember each time) – on starting AutoCAD, type “Options” at the command line, select the ‘Files’ tab, click ‘Browse’, then simply click cancel. Now cancel out of the Options dialog altogether. Try your File->Open… Does it work? If so, you should now be good until the next time you start AutoCAD.
  8. If you have a non-HP machine that is giving you this issue or (2) didn’t work for you, please record below in the comments section:
    1. What computer make you are running
    2. What specific Windows version you are running
    3. What exact version of AutoCAD you are running (e.g. AutoCAD Architecture 2008 32bit)
    4. What AutoCAD service packs (if any) you have applied
    5. What anti-virus software you are running. We’ll see if we can solve this for you…
  9. Check out this page Interactions with the AutoCAD Ribbon crashes AutoCAD on Windows 10
  10. If all this fails, you can of course set FILEDIA = 0 at the command line to turn off the File Dialog User Interface
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How to Adjust Internet Explorer 11 active scripting settings

Autodesk products like AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, may give scripting errors when trying to activate, try these steps below to enable scripting inside of IE 11:

 

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools menu (or if hidden select ALT+T on your keyboard), and then click Internet Options.

  3. On the Security tab, click the Custom level button.

  4. Scroll down the Security Settings list until you see Scripting and Active scripting.

  5. Click Enable, click OK, and then click OK again.

  6. Now try to activate your Autodesk product

Rolling back to IE 10 from IE 11 in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

If you are encountering licensing issues, blank screens or even crashing when launching AutoCAD it could be because you are using a version of Microsoft Internet Explorer which is not compatible with your version of AutoCAD… (If you are primarily seeing script errors, then first check out how to enable scripting support in IE 11)

Here is a list of AutoCAD versions that most likely will be affected…

  • AutoCAD 2005
  • AutoCAD 2006
  • AutoCAD 2007
  • AutoCAD 2008
  • AutoCAD 2009
  • AutoCAD 2010
  • AutoCAD 2011
  • AutoCAD 2012
  • AutoCAD 2013

It could be because you have Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 installed on your system. The solution is to rollback to Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, or maybe back as far as Internet Explorer 8. Here’s how:

 

Windows 7 users

  1. Click Start then Control Panel
  2. Once in Control Panel select Programs
  3. From Programs click Turn Windows Features on or off
  4. Once in the Windows Features dialog, simply un-check Internet Explorer 11 and click OK. You will be asked to reboot, which you should do. Once you reboot, IE 11 will have been rolled back to IE 10
  5. NOTE: If you are still having problems, you can repeat the process from (1) to (4) again in order to downgrade from IE 10 to IE 9 to IE 8. Autodesk products usually do not need further downgrading than IE 8, so if you are still having issues even with IE 8 then it’s most likely something else wrong on your system.
  6. NOTE: If you cannot downgrade far enough, your only option is to upgrade to 7.24  (or newer) of the Longbow Converter tool which now supports Internet Explorer 7 emulation mode

Windows 8 users

  1. Move your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, then right click your mouse and select Control Panel
  2. Once in Control Panel select Programs
  3. From Programs click Turn Windows Features on or off
  4. Once in the Windows Features dialog, simply un-check Internet Explorer 11 and click OK. You will be asked to reboot, which you should do. Once you reboot, IE 11 will have been rolled back to IE 10
  5. NOTE: If you are still having problems, you can repeat the process from (1) to (4) again in order to downgrade from IE 10 to IE 9 to IE 8. Autodesk products usually do not need further downgrading than IE 8, so if you are still having issues even with IE8 then it’s most likely something else wrong on your system.
  6. NOTE: If you cannot downgrade far enough, your only option is to upgrade to 7.24  (or newer) of the Longbow Converter tool which now supports Internet Explorer 7 emulation mode.

Windows 8.1 users

Window 8.1 comes with Internet Explorer 11 pre-installed and cannot be rolled back. Your only option is to upgrade to 7.24 (or newer) of the Longbow Converter tool which now supports Internet Explorer 7 emulation mode.

Resolving The Longbow Converter “Error Code 2”

If you are getting an “Error Code: 2” message when converting your 32bit AutoCAD 2008 or newer, then here’s what you need to do…

 

The “Error Code: 2” message indicates that either the Converter was unable to write to the folder (most likely) or that the media was not copied in full (least likely).

  1. In the 1st tab of the Converter tool, you would have selected a path to your 32bit AutoCAD, let’s say for example it is c:\Autodesk\AutoCAD2013
  2. Start Windows Explorer, right click the c:\Autodesk\AutoCAD2013 folder and click Properties
  3. Now un-check Read-Only then click Apply, then Apply to All Files and Folders
  4. Now try again…

If you are still getting the “Error Code: 2” message, then find your specific AutoCAD version from here (on the left side), then use those instructions specifically to install your AutoCAD.

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AutoCAD 32bit/64bit side-by-side installation compatibility chart

This blog has been written to help advise those who require 32bit versions of AutoCAD to reside on the same computer system as 64bit versions of AutoCAD.

Before we start, when installing 32bit AutoCAD on 64bit Windows, you should take care not to mix the same version/series of AutoCAD 32bit with the same version/series of the corresponding 64bit version of AutoCAD, on the same computer. The reason is that they were not designed to run in a side-by-side configuration and therefore may conflict. The same rule can generally be made for all Autodesk products.

NOTES:

  • When installing 32bit AutoCAD, we advise that you uninstall all previous versions of 64bit AutoCAD before installing your 32bit version of AutoCAD.
  • If you are installing multiple versions of AutoCAD, you should always install in chronological order, in other words, oldest to newest.
    • e.g AutoCAD 2004, Architecture 2004, Map 2005, AutoCAD 2007, Civil3d 2015
    • Failure to follow this simple rule can render you with missing entry point errors, un-explained crashing, un-installable Autodesk software and more.
  • For best results, we recommend that you install only 32bit versions of AutoCAD on your computer system, however, mixing is possible with care – refer to the chart below if you must have the 64bit version installed on the same computer.

This chart shows which 32bit AutoCAD versions can be installed on the same system as 64bit AutoCAD versions…

  • Green means Should be OK
  • Red/Dark Red means Problems will occur, you should not do this

AutoCAD 32bit 64bit side by side configurations

Shows which versions of 32bit AutoCAD can be installed side by side to 64bit versions of AutoCAD

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