Installing AutoCAD Architecture 2010 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

NOTE: This blog post specifically solves issues related to these error messages on installation of AutoCAD ADT 2010…

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® Architecture”
  • “You cannot install this product on the current operating system”
  • “You are attempting to use a 32-bit installer on a 64-bit operating system”
  • “This is a 32-bit AutoCAD® Architecture® 2010. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD Architecture 2010 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 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

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. If you have CDs:
    1. Start the Converter App and note the user interface
    2. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
      1. Using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD installation CD
      2. Next, click the “Convert button and follow instructions
      3. Now go to step 4
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk…
    1. Run the exe, it will ask to unzip to a folder inside of c:\Autodesk, make a note of the folder for later use (we’ll refer to it from here as c:\Autodesk\adt2010), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, note that the ADT 2010 setup will automatically launch – make sure you close the setup and move to the next step
    2. Start the Converter App and note the user interface
    3. Using the “. . .” button, select the path c:\Autodesk\adt2010
    4. Next, click the “Convert button and follow instructions
  4. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup.
    2. Next, just install as normal.
  5. Once the installation process is complete…
    1. be sure to fully close the AutoCAD setup.
    2. Wait for the Converter to finish and print “Success”
  6. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Architecture 2010 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 64bit!


  1. If your installed AutoCAD is hanging on startup then read this post first AutoCAD Freezes on startup (AutoCAD visible but the menus don’t appear)
  2. if your AutoCAD hangs on startup (stuck at the “Checking License…” message, try installing the 32bit version of AutoCAD 2010 on 64bit Windows – we’ve actually found the 32bit AutoCAD 2010 running on 64bit Windows is much more stable and actually faster than the 64bit version of AutoCAD 2010.
  3. If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here
  4. If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:
    1. Try uninstalling the July 2014 Microsoft security update
    2. Try downgrading your Internet Explorer (IE) from version 11 to version 10 by following the instructions detailed here
  5. 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
  6. If your Windows hangs on startup after installing please refer to this help blog
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