Installing Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

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…

Installing a working copy of Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 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 copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Backup your Inventor 2008 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\Inventor2008 
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\Inventor2008 folder.
  4. The Converter will say that the media is not fully supported; simply click the Tools->Manual MSI Correction menu option
  5. Now install your Inventor 2008 media from c:\Autodesk\Inventor2008 as normal, once installed, do not start Inventor yet.
  6. 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
  7. Download and install Inventor 2008 sp1 – do not run Inventor.
  8. Download and install Inventor 2008 sp2 – do not run Inventor.
  9. Download and install Inventor 2008 sp3 – do not run Inventor.
  10. Reboot
  11. Now you can happily run your Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Troubleshooting:

– 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 please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in Autodesk Products

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3 thoughts on “Installing Inventor 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

  1. Does the above process also apply to Inventor 2009. I am having great difficulty trying to get Inventor to run. AutoCAD Mechanical runs ok, but Inventor always stops at error 0xc0000142.

  2. I have Inventor 2010 Suite installed on Windows 10 but it doesn’t work. Inventor always stops at error 0xc0000142. Do you have a solution for this problem?

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