This post solves all of the problems related to installing and running ORCAD 9 on 64bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Common issues are like this one shown below which prevents installation…
How to install ORCAD 9
Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Reviver App here (you will need V4.25 or newer)
Start the Reviver App and note the user interface
Insert your ORCAD CD
From the “Old Installer Reviver” tab, use the ‘…’ button to pick your ORCAD CD.
Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer‘ button
Follow the instructions for copying the CD
Once the CD is copied the Reviver App will run a process on the copy of the CD, then launch the setup.
Be patient as the process can take up to 45 minutes.
Once the setup appears, stop and read the next step
Once the setup application appears, go through the setup as normal except when you get to select the installation folder (Destination Directory)…
You **must** change the default path to c:\orcad9
do not run ORCAD at the end of the setup because an extra step is needed to fix the program files.
Once the setup is completed, go back to the Reviver App and wait for Success! to be displayed.
Finally, back in the Reviver App, pick the “Old Program Reviver” tab
Using the ‘…’ button pick the c:\orcad9 path
Now click ‘Fix Old Program‘
When the Reviver App asks if you want to re-register, say Yes
Once the Reviver App displays Success! you can run your c:\orcad9 happily ever after.
While attempting to install MapTech’s Terrain Navigator Professional on 64bit Windows 7, 8 or 10 you receive this error…
Windows 16bit setup error – This app can’t run on your PC
You can solve the problem with our Longbow Reviver solution
How to install Terrain Navigator Pro
First you need to purchase the Longbow Reviver here – sorry, it’s not free
Insert your Terrain Navigator CD into your computer
Next, start In the Reviver App
Click on the 1st tab named “Old Installer Reviver“
Using the “. . .” button, pick the path to the CD
Now click “Fix and Run Old installer”
Follow the on screen prompts…
BE PATIENT – Terrain Navigator Setup may take up to 90 minutes to start, when it does stop and read the next step
Once the Terrain Navigator Pro setup starts up
install as normal except when prompted for the installation path, don’t install to c:\Program Files\Maptech\Terrain Navigator Pro but instead install to c:\Maptech\Terrain Navigator Pro as shown below…
Once setup is complete, you can now happily run c:\Maptech\Terrain Navigator Pro\Terpro\terpro.exe
Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver”
Using the “. . .” button, pick your MDT 5 CD, and click Run and follow the Converter’s instructions.
Once the MDT 5 setup starts, stop and read the next step…
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:\mdt2000i (not Program Files (x86)\Mechanical Desktop 5 as usually prompted by default)**
Once installed, go back to the Converter tool
select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver”
Using the ‘. . .’ button
pick the newly installed c:\mdt2000i folder
click “Fix Old Program“.
Now, you can happily run your MDT 5 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10
select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver“,
pick the newly created c:\Autodesk\Express Tools R14 Volume 6 folder
now click the “Run Old installer” button.
Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait up to 45 minutes for your AutoCAD R14 Express Tools setup.exe program to fully appear. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
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:\acadR14 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Express Tools as usually prompted)**
Do not reboot if prompted to do so
Now you can happily run your Express Tools inside of AutoCAD R14 running on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 – using Windows Explorer, simply navigate to c:\acadr14 and double click acad.exe to start AutoCAD R14 and to use Express Tools R14
If your Express Tools R14 setup is not starting after 45 minutes, try rebooting, then restart the steps above. If it is still failing, most likely it’s because of another application on your system which is preventing our setup routine from starting (perhaps anti-virus, or similar) – try the same steps as above in Windows Safe Mode
As an existing AutoCAD R14 user, you most likely cannot do without your beloved AutoCAD R14. With the latest hardware and required move to new Windows versions, trying to install your AutoCAD R14 gives an error like this one…
Windows 16bit setup error – This app can’t run on your PC
“FATAL ERROR: HEAP ERROR”
You can solve these problems easily using our Longbow Converter App – fix and manage your AutoCAD R14 on new versions of Windows 7, 8 and 10 64bit
How to install AutoCAD R14
A quick word of advice: best to follow the instructions below precisely and to the letter, including folder names and paths, that way you will reduce the risk of having any problems…
Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver“
Using the “. . .” button, select your AutoCAD R14 installation CD
Next, click the “Run Old Installer” button and follow the onscreen instructions
Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait up to 45 minutes for your AutoCAD R14 setup.exe program to appear, be patient…
Once the setup starts, stop and read the next steps all the way to the end! By the way, if your AutoCAD R14 setup does not start after 45 minutes, read the Troubleshooting section below.
In the AutoCAD R14 setup program…
navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
Make sure you do a Typical Install (not a Full Install)
When you get to the installation folder input dialog **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadR14 (not .\AutoCAD R14 as usually prompted)**
Now carry on with the install
Do not reboot once the install is complete
Ignore any errors related to not being able to create the shortcut e.g. “Cannot Create folder ‘AutoCAD R14’“, you will have to create a shortcut on your computer Desktop to your c:\acadR14\acad.exe by hand.
Again, do not reboot if prompted to do so
Once your AutoCAD R14 setup has completed the installation…
Make sure you fully close the setup program.
Once the setup is closed the Converter will automatically fix the c:\acadr14 program files. You should see “Success!” displayed in the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver“
Reboot your PC
Now you can happily run your AutoCAD R14 on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit…
Using Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\acadR14 and double click acad.exe
If your AutoCAD R14 setup is not starting after 45 minutes…
If it is still failing, most likely it’s because of another application on your system which is preventing our setup routine from starting (perhaps anti-virus, or similar) – try installing R14 from Windows Safe Mode
If you are getting either a Bad Mem Pointer error and or a Smartheap handler recursively re-entered error when you start your AutoCAD R14 then you need to re-run all the steps above, taking care to do each step precisely as it says, most likely you are missing from step 5 or you have not installed to c:\acadR14 as stated in step (7) above.
When starting AutoCAD, if you receive an ‘acad.exe – System Error’ message: The program can’t start because ac1st15.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem. If you carried out step (7) above, then try rebooting your PC