Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2006 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Installing AutoCAD Mechanical (MDT) 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

IMPORTANT NOTE: Autodesk no longer supply License Activation codes for this version of AutoCAD. The best way is to transfer your existing license to the new PC but there are other options, we document them here

How to install AutoCAD Mechanical 2006

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire MDT 2006 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\mdt2006 
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver“, pick the c:\Autodesk\mdt2006 folder, and click Run. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. 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:\mdt2006 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Mechanical 2006 as usually prompted by default)**
  5. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver“, pick the newly installed c:\mdt2006 folder and click Fix.
  6. Now you can happily run your MDT 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Installing the MDT 2006 Service Pack 2

  1. Click one of these to download the MDT 2006 sp2 (you will either have a locked or unlocked version labeled on your original CD)
    1. Download the unlocked MDT 2006 sp2 (Acm2006_unl_SP2.exe)
    2. Download the locked MDT 2006 sp2 (Acm2006_swl_SP2.exe)
  2. Now Copy the *SP2.exe to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now run the *SP2.exe from Windows explorer to install.


– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation 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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3 thoughts on “Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2006 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

  1. God bless you.
    Thank you very much.
    Just changing the address to c:\mdt2006 was enough for me.

  2. Hi ,

    What is the difference between a locked service pack and an unlocked service pack?

    Thank you,


    • Locked sp goes with the locked version of AutoCAD (it will say locked on the AutoCAD CD) – unlocked versions of AutoCAD were released in the USA only

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