Installing AutoCAD 2010 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

If your installed AutoCAD is hanging on startup then read this post first AutoCAD Freezes on startup (AutoCAD visible but the menus don’t appear)

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

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® 2010”
  • “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® 2010. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”
  • Checking License…”

Installing AutoCAD 2010 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 purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. If you have CDs (if not check (3) below)
    1. start In the Converter tool
    2. pick the File menu at the top then pick “Backup CD to Disk”
    3. Follow the prompts
    4. Next, jump to step 4 below…
  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\AutoCAD2010)…
    2. Now click OK.
      1. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD 2010 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  4. Next, inside the Longbow Converter tool
    1. select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. pick the folder where you just copied your AutoCAD CD to; namely the c:\Autodesk\AutoCAD2010 folder
    3. then click the Convert button.
  5. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup.
    2. Simply install as normal.
  6. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete…
    1. go back to the Converter tool
    2. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    3. pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2010 folder
    4. then click “Fix Old Program“.
  7. Now you can happily run your 32bit AutoCAD 2010 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!

Installing AutoCAD 2010 Service Packs

AutoCAD 2010 has 2 service packs, instead of calling them sp1 and sp2 they decided to call them Update1 and Update2. You only need to install Update2 because it already includes Update1.

  1. Download the AutoCAD 2010 Update 2 (sp2)
  2. Unzip and simply run the autocad2010update2.exe to install the update


– 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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8 thoughts on “Installing AutoCAD 2010 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

  1. I’m trying to determine if longbow converter v9 will work on land desktop 2009, if I purchase a new computer ie; hp envy m7 u109DX. Specifically, I want to buy a new computer, but my land desktop 2009 will not work in Windows 10. Will longbow converter v9 work?

  2. Used Autocad 10 in the old days for work . I have since retired and have a 64 Bit comp. I would like to have Autocad 10 for a 64 Bit Comp. It will be used for recreation and not business . I am not prepared to pay the going price .

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