Install Autodesk Architectural Desktop 3 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Installing AutoCAD Autodesk Architectural Desktop 3 (AutoCAD 2000i) 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.

I recommend that you follow these steps precisely so to eliminate the risk of something going wrong with the install…
  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Autodesk Architectural Desktop 3 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\CDs\adt2000i 
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    2. Pick the newly copied c:\Autodesk\CDs\adt2000i  folder
    3. Now click the “Run Old Installer” button.
    4. Read and understand all the prompts before clicking OK.
      1. 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:\adt2000i (not Program Files (x86)\Autodesk Architectural Desktop 3 as prompted by default)**
    1. Next, install as normal
    2. Do not reboot is prompted to do so
  5. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool
    1. Select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver”
    2. Pick the newly installed c:\adt2000i folder
    3. Click the “Fix Old Program” button.
  6. Now, you can happily run your Autodesk Architectural Desktop 3 on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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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