If you have tried installing Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8, most likely you will have found that either opening a model (File->Open menu) or creating one (File->New menu) crashes Inventor 2008 straight away, making it completely useless…
- Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
- Backup your Inventor 2008 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\Inventor2008
- Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\Inventor2008 folder.
- The Converter will say that the media is not fully supported; simply click the Tools->Manual MSI Correction menu option
- Now install your Inventor 2008 media from c:\Autodesk\Inventor2008 as normal, once installed, do not start Inventor yet.
- Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Inventor 2008 folder, then click “Fix Old Program“
- Download and install Inventor 2008 sp1 – do not run Inventor.
- Download and install Inventor 2008 sp2 – do not run Inventor.
- Download and install Inventor 2008 sp3 – do not run Inventor.
- Now you can happily run your Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8.
– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:
- Try uninstalling the July 2014 Microsoft security update
- Try downgrading your Internet Explorer (IE) from version 11 to version 10 by following the instructions detailed here
– If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in Autodesk Products