Installing 32bit AutoCAD Civil3d 2008 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your AutoCAD C3D 2008 on newer 64bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Some more common issues stopping you from using your AutoAD are error messages like these…

“This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD Civil3d 2008”


“FATAL ERROR: Unhandled 0x… Exception…”

You can solve all the problems with your AutoCAD C3D 2008 automatically by using our Longbow Converter App, it fixes and manages the AutoCAD C3D 2008 installation so that you can be up and running again.

NOTE: Autodesk no longer supply License Activation codes. Once you have installed your AutoCAD (following the instructions below) you will need to authorize/activate your AutoCAD yourself, find out how by clicking here

How to install Civil3d 2008

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start the Converter App
  3. Insert your AutoCAD C3D CD into your CDRom drive…
    1. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD C3D 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. Fully close the AutoCAD setup application once complete
      2. Do not reboot, if prompted
      3. Close the Converter App.
  5. Now run as normal

Installing the AutoCAD Civil3d 2008 Service Packs

Civil3d sp2 (Update 2) already contains sp1, so just install that…

  1. Download the Download the AutoCAD C3D 2008 sp2 zip from here (c3d2008_sp2.exe)
  2. Run as normal to install


– 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 2019 (c) Longbow Software