Installing AutoSolids A2K on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Installing your AutoSolids 2K on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps.

AutoSolids A2K AutoRun.exe

AutoSolids A2K AutoRun.exe

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. Using Windows Explorer, click on this link to download the AutoSolids 2K install disk and unzip the contents to c:\InstallDisks\AutoSolids2000 (setup.exe must be in this folder)
  3. Next, start the Longbow Converter tool and select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver”. Using the “…” button pick the folder path c:\InstallDisks\AutoSolids2000 folder and click “OK”.
    1. Next, click the “Run Old Installer” button, it will start processing.
    2. When the Converter asks if this is a plugin to AutoCAD, click “Yes”
    3. Read and understand all prompts as they appear, before pressing OK to dismiss them.
    4. Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait at least 45 minutes for your AutoSolids 2K setup.exe program to appear.
    1. Once the AutoSolids 2K setup starts, stop and read the next step…
      1. Note: If your AutoSolids 2K setup does not start after 45 minutes, read the Troubleshooting section below.
  4. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, except when you get to the installation folder input dialog, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acad2000 (not C:\Program Files\AutoSolids A2K as normally prompted)** – see image…

    AutoSolids A2K Custom Install Path

    AutoSolids A2K Custom Install Path

  5. Now carry on with the install (do not reboot once the install is complete).
    1. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  6. Now start AutoCAD 2000, your AutoSolids 2K should now be working as normal.
    1. If not, see Troubleshooting section below
Troubleshooting:
  • If your AutoSolids A2K 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 AutoSolids A2K using the same instructions as above but from Windows Safe Mode
  • If your AutoSolids A2K is not loaded
    • Try loading the c:\acad2000\AutoSolidsTB.mnu via the MENULOAD command in AutoCAD
    • If you now see the AutoSolid A2K menus but the program isn’t running, using the APPLOAD command try loading the c:\acad2000\AutoSolids.arx
  • 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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