NOTE: This blog post specifically solves issues related to these error messages on installation…
- “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD Mechanical® 2010”
- “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 Mechanical® 2010. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”
Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 (MDT 2010) 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.
- Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
- If you have CDs (if not check (3) below):
- Insert your AutoCAD MDT 2010 CD into your CDRom drive, cancel setup if it starts
- Next, start the Converter App
- Select the 1st tab in the Converter tool named “32bit AutoCAD Installer Converter“
- Using the “…” button pick the path to your AutoCAD MDT 2013 CD
- Now click the “Convert” button and follow the instructions.
- (Skip to step 4)
- If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_Mech_2010_English_Win_32bit.exe
- Simply 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\MDT2010), now click OK.
- Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD MDT 2013 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
- Now, start the Longbow Converter tool
- select the 1st tab titled “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter“
- pick the c:\Autodesk\MDT2010 folder
- and click the “Convert…” button.
- Once the conversion process is complete, click the “Install/Run Setup” button to start setup.
- Install as normal!
- Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter
- select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver“
- pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 folder
- then click “Fix Old Program”
- Now you can happily run your AutoCAD MDT 2010 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!
Installing AutoCAD MDT 2010 Service Pack 2
- Here’s sp2 – AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 sp2 – install as normal
- 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)
- 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.
- If your AutoCAD crashes while interacting with the Ribbon click here
- 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
- If your Windows hangs on startup after installing please refer to this help blog