Installing 32bit AutoCAD Mechanical 2009 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 64bit

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

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD Mechanical® 2009”
  • “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 Mechanical® 2009. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2009 (MDT 2009) 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 (if not check (3) below):
    1. Insert your AutoCAD MDT 2009 CD into your CDRom drive, cancel setup if it starts
    2. Next, start the Converter App
    3. Select the 1st tab in the Converter tool named “32bit AutoCAD Installer Converter
    4. Using the “…” button pick the path to your AutoCAD MDT 2013 CD
    5. Now click the “Convert” button and follow the instructions.
    6. (Skip to step 4)
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_Mech_2009_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\MDT2009), now click OK.
    2. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD MDT 2013 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
    3. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool
    4. select the 1st tab titled “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    5. pick the c:\Autodesk\MDT2009 folder
    6. and click the “Convert…” button.
  4. Once the conversion process is complete, click the “Install/Run Setup” button to start setup.
    1. Install as normal!
  5. 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 Mechanical 2009 folder
    3. then click “Fix Old Program”
  6. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD MDT 2009 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!

Installing AutoCAD MDT 2009 Service Pack 3

  1. Here’s sp3 – AutoCAD Mechanical 2009 sp3 – install as normal


– 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 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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