Installing 32bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 on 64bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

These instructions solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD Civil 3d 2010 (C3D 2010) on newer versions of 64bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Some common issues are error messages like these…

“This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 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® Civil 3D® 2010. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

“Checking License”

You can automatically solve these problems using our Longbow Converter App. It fixes and manages the AutoCAD Civil 3d 2010 installation so that you can be up and running again… Follow these instructions:

How to install AutoCAD Civil 3d 2010

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start the Converter App and note the user interface
  3. Select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    1. Using the “. . .” button, selection your AutoCAD installation CD
    2. Next, click the “Convert button and follow instructions
  4. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup
    2. Simply install as normal, remembering to…
      1. Close the setup program when the installation is complete.
      2. Now back in the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab, it should display “Success!”
  5. You can now run your AutoCAD, but before using, you must install the sp3 update below.

Installing the Civil 3d sp3 (Update 3.1)

We recommend that you download and install the latest sp3 from Autodesk which can be found here – AutoCAD Civil 3d 2010 sp3


  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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