Installing AutoCAD 2000 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Most current AutoCAD 2000 users are very used to the software package and cannot do without it. With the latest hardware and required move to new Windows versions, trying to install your AutoCAD 2000 gives an error like this one…

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

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

Or maybe this error…

Setup Halted System requirements error Wrong OS, AutoCAD supports Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 5.0, Windows 95 and Windows 98

Error while trying to install AutoCAD 2000

…all is not lost, just read on…

How to install AutoCAD 2000

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 Converter here
  2. Before starting, we recommend turning off Windows UAC 
  3. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool by double clicking the Longbow Converter shortcut on your Desktop… .
    1. Insert your AutoCAD 2000 CD
    2. Select the 2nd tab titled “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver” by clicking on it
    3. Next, using the ‘…’ button select your AutoCAD 2000 CD
    4. Now click the “Run Old Installer” button.
      1. Read, understand and follow all the prompts.
  4. For AutoCAD 2000, the Migration Wizard almost instantly pops up
    1. simply click “Install 2000” as normal.
    2. Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait at least 45 minutes for your AutoCAD 2000 setup.exe program to fully appear.
    3. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step
  5. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, except when you get to the installation folder, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acad2000 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2000 as usually prompted)** e.g.
    Setting AutoCAD 2000 custom install directory to c:\acad2000

    Setting AutoCAD 2000 custom install directory to c:\acad2000

    1. Ignore the error message that the shortcut cannot be created “Cannot create folder AutoCAD 2000“, you will need to create the program shortcut by hand once the installation is finished.
    2. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  6. Once setup has completed…
    1. Make sure to fully close the setup program 
    2. Back in the Converter app, make sure it has completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab – it should display “SUCCESS” in green…
  7. Now Reboot your PC
  8. Finally, now run your AutoCAD 2000 in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10! Simply use Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\acad2000 and double click acad.exe.

Installing AutoCAD 2000 Service Pack 1

  1. Download AutoCAD 2000 sp1 from here
  2. Unzip your newly downloaded sp to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp\AutoCAD 2000 sp1 folder and click ‘Run’
  4. Wait for the setup to appear, it could take up to 45 minutes, then install as normal

Installing AutoCAD 2000 Service Pack 2

  1. Download AutoCAD 2000 sp2 from here
  2. Unzip your newly downloaded sp to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp\AutoCAD 2000 sp2 folder and click ‘Run’
  4. Wait for the setup to appear, it could take up to 45 minutes, then install as normal.

 Installing AutoCAD 2000 3D Graphics System Update 1

  1. If you use 3D alot in AutoCAD 2000, you should read on to install the 3DUpdate…
  2. Download AutoCAD 2000 3D Graphics System Update1 from here
  3. Unzip your newly downloaded sp to folder path c:\Autodesk\update
  4. Start the Converter, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\update folder and click ‘Run’
  5. Wait for the setup to appear, it could take up to 45 minutes, then install as normal.

NOTE: Some users have found that the 3D Graphics System Update runs through the install as normal but doesn’t actually update the modules. If you suspect this is true, contact Longbow Software Support.


  • If your AutoCAD 2000 setup is not starting after 45 minutes
    • try rebooting, then restart the steps above. If it is still failing, most likely it’s because of another application on your system which is preventing our setup routine from starting (perhaps anti-virus, or similar) – try installing AutoCAD 2000 from Windows Safe Mode
  • If when you start AutoCAD, you see error messages about missing missing aclst15.dll or missing ACUTIL15.dll or missing ACDB15.dll or missing acge15.dll
    • In the Converter app Using the 3rd tab, pick your c:\acad2000 folder and click ‘Fix’. Then reboot…
    • If this doesn’t fix the problem, contact Longbow Software Support.
  • Plotting – if you are having plotting issues, either
  • If you see Proxy Warning Dialogs when you open a DWG using AutoCAD 2000, you need to install the service packs as described above.
  • If you are getting a WinHelp() error when pressing F1 to try and access the Help system then simply install the WinHelp (WinHlp32.exe) module from Microsoft
  • Issues with Calcomp Digitizer – Calcomp Digitizer not working

  • If you still see the error “Wrong OS, AutoCAD supports Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 5.0, Windows 95 and Windows 98” even after converting
    • Copy the AutoCAD 2000 CD fresh to your computer, then start from step (1) again
    • If you still get the error, you need the latest version of the Longbow Converter tool
  • 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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10 thoughts on “Installing AutoCAD 2000 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

  1. I am having multiple issues installing autocad2000 on windows 8.1 64 bit. Up to six emails with help team. Finally got it to populate the temporary install directory but now am getting failure of autocad installer saying my version of windows is not supported (it lists the compatible versions). Will keep the blog posted on progress. Was able to get longbow to populate the temp directory by booting windows 8.1 to safe mode. Anybody out there have autocad 2000 working in windows 8.1 64 bit platform? Thanks

    • Russell, did you ever get AutoCAD 2000 working properly on your new Windows 8.1 machine? I’m about to install my CD on my new computer and was looking for feed back.

  2. Hi:
    I am in the process of buying Your Converter to install Auto Cad Architectural Desktop
    on the Windows 7 Home Premium.
    In the case, the Converter does not work, do You refund the Fee that I am paying for
    the Converter? My Computer Technician will do the Installation.
    Please advise.
    With regards, Bogdan Glusac, Architect

    • We offer a full refund if the software doesn’t work (and we can’t make it work with a support call with one of our engineers) so you are fully covered.

  3. I have 2 versions of old AutoCAD that I have been using on Windows XP and I have purchased your Longbow Converter to allow me to change to Windows 10 operating system.
    The Converter works as expected ( without the 45 minute wait) for both AutoCADs, except for the following problem.
    As I am in Australia, the Autodesk system back then was to have a hardware lock, connected to the parallel port (LPT1). Whilst the fixed installer does everything else OK as far as I can see, when it gets to the Hardware Lock installation, it fails with the following messages ” Installing hardware lock files: Rainbow Hardware Lock drivers were not installed correctly.”
    Because of this failure the AutoCADs will not run, giving the dreaded “Fatal Error” message.
    I am trying this on my second computer to try to get everything working OK, before committing to Win 10 on my main computer.
    The AutoCADS I am trying to install, both with the same problem as above are:
    AutoCAD R14 with the addition of Rebis Electrics. (Electrics has a similar installer which may present me with problems as well.)
    AutoCAD 2000.
    I expect that hardware lock installation is not something you are familiar with, but I would appreciate any assistance you can give.
    Kind regards, Ron Rennex, Rennex Drawing Services.

    • The Converter tool doesn’t currently support Dongle installations on 64bit Windows 10, only 32bit Windows 10

    • I installed autocad Lt 2000 on my new computer 64 bit home version,
      all is working fine no problems what so ever.
      I downloaded a 32 bit loader for autocad followed the gentleman’s (“Success”) instructions for the most part.
      The program is plotting to my wireless Hp laser printer. and for other printing needs I installed trueview 2016.
      Best regards,

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