Installing Map 3D 2016 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 Map3D 2016…

  • “This operating system isn’t supported by AutoCAD”
  • “You can’t 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 ‘version’. It can’t be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD Map 3D 2016 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 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. If you have CDs:
    1. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your Map 3D CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\Map3d2016
    2. Next, if you have a second CD, copy Disk 2 of your Map 3D CD directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\Map3d2016 folder
    3. Same again for Disk 3, if there is one
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk named something like “Autodesk_Map_2016_English_Win_32bit_DLM.sfx.exe
    1. Run the Autodesk_Map_2016_English_Win_32bit_DLM.sfx.exe, it will ask to unzip to a folder inside of c:\Autodesk, make a note of the folder for later use (for simplicity sake, we’ll refer to it from here as c:\Autodesk\Map3d2016), now click “OK”. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, note that the Map 3D 2016 setup will automatically launch – make sure you close the setup and move to the next step.
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\Map3d2016 folder, and click the Convert button.
  5. Once the conversion process is complete, click Install/Run Setup to start setup. Next, just install as normal.
  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)\Autodesk\AutoCAD Map 3d 2016 folder, then click ‘Fix Old Program‘.
  7. Now you can happily run your Map 3D 2016 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 64bit!


– 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 inside of AutoCAD please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD

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