Installing AutoCAD LT 2002 on Windows 11

If you are a seasoned AutoCAD LT 2002 user, no doubt you will at some point have run into the famous GEDIT 3 error and been very frustrated with it. That error occurs because of certain video card drivers and/or certain types of anti-virus software setups.

On Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8, the GEDIT 3 error is even more prominent because of all the new security features that are inside of Windows 7 and 8. The good news is that it’s totally possible to eradicate the GEDIT 3 error by follow the instructions below.
 

Follow these instructions to solve issues around installing/running your legacy AutoCAD LT 2002 on Windows 11

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD LT 2002 

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD LT 2002 CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “…” button, pick your AutoCAD CD
    4. Click “Run Old Installer
      1. Read and follow all the prompts
      2. Once the AutoCAD setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  5. In the AutoCAD setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog…
      1. **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadlt2002 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD LT 2002 which is normally default)** – e.g.

        You must change the default AutoCAD LT 2002 Install path
      2. Once setup completes… 
        1. Do not reboot if asked to do so
        2. Make sure to fully close the setup program when the installation is complete.

  6. 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 say SUCCESS!
  7. Finally, reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD and once registered, exit AutoCAD and continue to the next step.
  8. Next, obtain the AutoCAD LT 2002 sp1 from here unzip and save to c:\Autodesk\spdo not install yet
  9. Next, obtain the AutoCAD LT 2002 sp2 from here (or AutoCAD LT 2002 sp2 locked version from here) and save to c:\Autodesk\sp do not install yet
  10. Go back into the Converter
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver”
    2. Using the “. . .” button, select the c:\Autodesk\sp folder
    3. click “Fix Old Program“.
      1. Now Install the LT 2002 sp1 by running c:\Autodesk\sp\acad2002LTsp1.exe
        1. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you get a 114 error, contact Longbow Software Support to get them to fix it for you.
      2. Next, install the LT 2002 sp2 by running either the unlocked c:\Autodesk\sp\acltk044-k047unl.exe or the locked c:\Autodesk\sp\acltk044-k047swl.exe
        1. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you get a 114 error, contact Longbow Software Support to get them to fix it for you.
  1. Finally, reboot your PC and run AutoCAD as normal.

Troubleshooting

  • If you cannot install your AutoCAD LT 2002 Service Packs because of an error “114: Autocad LT 2002 update was not applied” – rather than try and solve this issue, the easiest solution is:
    1. To go back to your old Windows XP machine and make sure that all of the sp’s are installed on your old Windows XP machine’s installation of AutoCAD LT 2002
    2. Next, simply copy all of the AutoCAD LT 2002 program files and folders from your old Windows XP machine to a USB drive – copy the “contents” of C:\Program Files\AutoCAD LT 2002
    3. Now transfer the USB to your new machine and copy the files that were on your old Windows XP machine’s C:\Program Files\AutoCAD LT 2002 folder into your newly installed c:\acadlt2002 folder – you should see a question if you should overwrite all files, say YES
  • 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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Installing Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

Most likely, the reason you found this page is because your Adobe Illustrator 10 Autoplay does nothing when you click the “Adobe Illustrator 10” install button…

Adobe Illustrator 10 button does nothing when clicked

Adobe Illustrator 10 button does nothing when clicked

…the good news is, that it can be solved!

Installing your Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

How to install Adobe Illustrator 10

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…

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Reviver tool here – you need version 4.10 or newer
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Adobe Illustrator 10 install CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Illustrator10
  3. Start the Longbow Reviver tool, select the 1st tab “Old Installer Reviver“, then using the ‘…’ button pick the  c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Illustrator10\Adobe Illustrator 10.0.3 folder
    1. Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer’ button
    2. Read and understand all the prompts that appear, then continue by clicking OK.
  4. Once your Adobe Illustrator 10 setup screen appears, install as normal except:
    1. As shown just below, when you arrive at the install to ‘Destination Folder” – it is vitally important that you install to c:\adobe\illustrator 10 (not C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Illustrator 10.0.3 as normally prompted)

      Adobe Illustrator 10 select folder

      Adobe Illustrator 10 select folder

    2. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Now Illustrator is installed. In the Longbow Reviver tool, select the 2nd tab “Old Program Reviver“, pick the newly installed c:\adobe\illustrator 10 folder and click ‘Fix Old Program’
    1. Say ‘No’ if the Reviver tool asks if you want to re-register…
  6. Now you can happily run your Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit!

Troubleshooting

  • If your setup is not appearing within 1 hour, reboot into Safe Mode and try the same process as above again.
Copyright 2019 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD 2007 on Windows 11

If you are trying to install your old version of AutoCAD 2007 on Windows 11 you can run into lots of problems. Because there are so many issues, we created an App called the Longbow Converter to automatically smooth over installation and running issues for you.

All you need to do is follow these steps to install your AutoCAD 2007 on Windows 11 and make it work…

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Just before we start note that Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

 

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

How to install AutoCAD 2007 

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented (including using the same folder names and paths) as this will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool by double clicking the Longbow Converter shortcut on your Desktop…
  5. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD 2007 CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
      1. Using the “…” button, path the to your AutoCAD 2007 CD
      2. Click “Run Old Installer
        1. Read and follow all the prompts
        2. If you see a dialog stating “An App on your PC needs the following Windows Feature: .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)” be sure to click “Download and install this feature” as this must be installed in order for the setup to run
        3. Once the AutoCAD 2007 setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  6. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you click the Install link from your setup you may see a dialog box appear saying – “This program has compatibility issues” – simply check the “Don’t show this message again” and then click the “Run the program without getting help” button
    2. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acad2007 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2007)**.
    3. Once AutoCAD has installed
      1. completely close setup
      2. Go back to the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab
  7. Now reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD as normal
    1. NOTE: When starting AutoCAD, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues”, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program…”

Installing AutoCAD 2007 Sp1

To install the sp for your AutoCAD…
  1. Download the AutoCAD 2007 Sp1
  2. Copy the autocad2007sp1.exe to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now you can run the autocad2007sp1.exe from Windows explorer and install normally.
  5. Next install sp2 just below…

Installing AutoCAD 2007 Sp2

To install the sp for your AutoCAD…
  1. Download the AutoCAD 2007 Sp2
  2. Copy the autocad2007sp2.exe to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now you can run the autocad2007sp2.exe from Windows explorer and install normally.

Troubleshooting

  1. If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes
    1. 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
    2. Try uninstalling the July 2014 Microsoft security update
    3. Try downgrading your Internet Explorer (IE) from version 11 to version 10 by following the instructions detailed here
    4. Perhaps you have a SATA drive – Activation problems with AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD 2007
  2. 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD 2004 on Windows 11

NOTE: We currently only support US unlocked versions of 2004 on 64bit OS. European or locked US support 2004 is limited only to 32bit Windows 11.

Follow these instructions to solve issues around installing/running your legacy AutoCAD 2004 on Windows 11

Ransomware Protection Windows 11 and AutoCAD

Windows 11 comes with a Ransomware Protection which includes Controlled Folder Access. Controlled folder access blocks applications from writing to your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Public and Favorites folders. AutoCAD versions all the way to AutoCAD 2021 write to certain user Public folders and are therefore blocked by this feature. This can cause issues with all sorts of things including activating your AutoCAD license and even running AutoCAD. Ransomware Protection is an important feature of Windows 11 but it will affect your AutoCAD unless you allow AutoCAD and its dependent applications access to the controlled folders.

How to install AutoCAD 2004 

A quick word of advice: please follow the instructions below precisely as documented including using the same folder names and paths. This will significantly reduce the risk of having any problems…
  1. If you don’t yet have a copy of the Longbow Converter App you can purchase it here or click on the download link we sent you via email in order to download the Converter App to your PC.
  2. Before installing the Converter App, make sure the files downloaded from our site are not blocked by Windows SmartScreen… Windows 11 is finicky, click the TLC zip first to make sure it’s fully selected then Right+click the file and select Properties. Be sure to check the Unblock checkbox as shown below and Click OK…
  3. Double click the zip file to open it and install the TLC application as normal. By the way, TLC stands for The Longbow Converter
  4. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD 2004 CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “…” button, pick your AutoCAD CD
    4. Click “Run Old Installer
      1. Read and follow all the prompts
      2. Once the AutoCAD setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  5. In the AutoCAD setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog…
      1. **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acad2004 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2004)**. Now install…
      2. While installing…
        1. If you see an error in install “.NET Runtime Optimization Service has stopped working” – simply ignore by clicking the “Close Program” button
        2. Do not reboot if asked to do so
      3. Once installed
        1. Do not reboot if asked to do so
        2. Make sure to fully close the setup program when the installation is complete.
        3. Back in the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab
  6. Finally, reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD as normal
    1. NOTE: When starting AutoCAD, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues
      1. Click “Don’t show this message again”
      2. then click “Run the Program…”

Installing AutoCAD 2004 Sp1

To install the sp for your AutoCAD…
  1. Download your AutoCAD 2004 Sp1
  2. Copy the service pack exe installer to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter App
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. Using the “. . .” button, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder
    3. click “Fix Old Program“.
  4. Now you can run the service pack exe installer from Windows explorer as normal

Troubleshooting

  1. 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
Copyright 2022 (c) Longbow Software

Installing AutoCAD Architecture 2011 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 2011…

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® Architecture® 2011”
  • “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® 2011. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

How to install AutoCAD ADT 2011

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start In 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
  5. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

Installing ADT 2011 Service Packs

We recommend that you download and install the latest Service Packs from Autodesk which can be found here. You must install Update 1, then Update 2

Troubleshooting

– 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

Copyright 2019 (c) Longbow Software

Installing 32bit AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 64bit

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.

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. If you have CDs (if not check (3) below):
    1. Insert your AutoCAD MDT 2010 CD into your CDRom drive, cancel setup if it starts
    2. Next, start the Converter App
    3. Select the 1st tab in the Converter tool named “32bit AutoCAD Installer Converter
    4. Using the “…” button pick the path to your AutoCAD MDT 2013 CD
    5. Now click the “Convert” button and follow the instructions.
    6. (Skip to step 4)
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_Mech_2010_English_Win_32bit.exe
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool
    4. select the 1st tab titled “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    5. pick the c:\Autodesk\MDT2010 folder
    6. and click the “Convert…” button.
  4. Once the conversion process is complete, click the “Install/Run Setup” button to start setup.
    1. Install as normal!
  5. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 folder
    3. then click “Fix Old Program”
  6. 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

  1. Here’s sp2 – AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 sp2 – install as normal

Troubleshooting:

  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
Copyright 2017 (c) Longbow Software

Installing Autodesk Land Desktop 2006 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Installing AutoCAD LDT 2006 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 32bit or 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. Start In the Converter tool
    1. Next, click the File menu’s “Backup CD to Disk
    2. Follow the prompts
  3. Once the backup is completed
    1. click the Run Old Installer button… Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
    2. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions… (if you cannot move past the first screen in the setup, see Trouble Shooting below)…
    1. When you click the Install link from your setup you may see a dialog box appear saying – “This program has compatibility issues” – simply check the “Don’t show this message again” and then click the “Run the program without getting help”.
    2. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\ldt2006 (not C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk Land Desktop 2006 that is defaulted)**.
    3. If asked to reboot after the install, say NO
  5. Once installed, do not reboot, make sure you fully close the AutoCAD setup program (because the Converter is waiting for the setup program to fully close) then go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed c:\ldt2006 folder and click the Fix Old Program button.
  6. Now you can run your Autodesk LDT 2006 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, both 32bit and 64bit.
    1. NOTE: When starting AutoCAD, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues“, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program…

Troubleshooting:

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes immediately on startup:

– 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

Copyright 2017 (c) Longbow Software

Installing 32bit AutoCAD Architecture 2013 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

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

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® Architecture® 2013”
  • “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® 2013. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD Architecture 2013 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. Make sure all previous installed versions of AutoCAD 2013 are uninstalled first.
  2. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  3. If you have CDs (if not check (3) below):
    1. Using Windows Explorer, backup/copy Disk 1 of your ADT 2013 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ADT2013
    2. If you have more CD’s, backup/copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\ADT2013 folder
  4. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_Arch_2013_English_Win_32bit.exe
    1. 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\ADT2013), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the ADT 2013 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  5. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. select the 1st tab titled “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. pick the c:\Autodesk\ADT2013 folder
    3. and click the “Convert…” button..
      1. Simply install as normal.Once the conversion process is complete, click the “Install/Run Setup” button to start setup.
  6. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete, go back to the Converter
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\AutoCAD Architecture 2013 folder
    3. then click “Fix Old Program”
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Architecture 2013 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!

Installing ADT 2013 Service Packs

There are 2 sp’s for AutoCAD Architecture 2013, these are the the 32bit versions of the sp’s

  1. Here’s sp1 – AutoCAD Architecture 2013 sp1 – install as normal
  2. Here’s sp2 – AutoCAD Architecture 2013 sp2 – install as normal

Troubleshooting:

– 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

Copyright 2017 (c) Longbow Software

Installing 64bit AutoCAD 2010 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 64bit


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)


Your 64bit AutoCAD 2010 was never designed to run in Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 64bit (these versions of Windows are newer than AutoCAD 2010) – you may see random crashing, hanging on startup and/or slow performance…

NOTE: If you are running VBA macros in AutoCAD and they are running extremely slowly, you can gain up to 1000x better performance by installing the 32bit version of AutoCAD 2010 on 64bit Windows 

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 the Longbow Converter App (V11.15 or higher), download here
  2. Start the Converter tool
    1. Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using your mouse, right click the tab text “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter” so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter
    3. Next, using the “…” button, select your AutoCAD installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface.
  3. Once you have completed the AutoCAD installation process…
    1. close the setup program then start the Converter software
    2. Select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
      1. Using the “…” button, pick the newly installed C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2010 folder
      2. then click “Fix Old Program
  4. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD 2010 64bit on Windows 8 and Windows 10

Troubleshooting:

  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
Copyright 2017 (c) Longbow Software

Install Autodesk Architectural Desktop 3.3 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Follow these instructions to solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD Architecture 3.3 (ADT 2002) on newer versions of 64bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

How to install AutoCAD ADT 3.3 

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “…” button, path the to your AutoCAD CD
    4. Click “Run Old Installer
      1. Read and follow all the prompts
      2. Once the AutoCAD setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  3. In the AutoCAD setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog…
      1. **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\adt2002 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Architecture 3.3)**.
    2. Once installed
      1. Do not reboot if asked to do so
      2. Make sure to fully close the setup program when the installation is complete.
      3. Back in the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab
  4. Finally, it’s important to now reboot your PC and then install the service pack update below

Install AutoCAD Architecture 3.3 Sp2

To install the sp for your AutoCAD…
  1. Download your AutoCAD ADT 3.3 Sp2
  2. Copy the service pack exe installer to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter App
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. Using the “. . .” button, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder
    3. click “Fix Old Program“.
  4. Now you can run the service pack exe installer from Windows explorer as normal

Last step…
We highly recommend that you disable the “Today” start page page that pops up when ADT starts…. Right click the command line->Options->Preferences->System->Startup:Do not show a startup dialog

Troubleshooting

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Install 32bit AutoCAD Electrical 2010 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

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

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

…Also, hung “Merging content…” message while installing…

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way.

Installing 32bit AutoCAD Electrical 2010 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps.

  1. First of all, you need V9.20 of the Longbow Converter (or newer) – obtain the latest version of the Longbow Converter here
  2. If you have CDs (if not skip to step 3 below) you must copy ALL CDs to your hard drive using the following instructions…
    1. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your AutoCAD Electrical 2010 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2010
    2. If you have more CD’s, copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2010 folder
  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 name created for later use (we’ll refer to it from here as c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2010), now click OK.
    2. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD Electrical 2010 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  4. Next start the Longbow Converter tool (V9.20 or newer)
    1. select the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Pick the c:\Autodesk\AutoCADE2010 folder (where you copied the CDs to)
    3. then click the “Convert… button
  5. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup.
    2. Install as normal, EXCEPT – you must install to “c:\AcadE2010” (<<< the exact text, anything else will fail!) instead of c:\Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Electrical.
    3. NOTE: Be sure to download any updates that the setup offers you.
  6. Windows 8 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\Acade 2010 folder, then click Fix Old Program
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD 2010 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Troubleshooting:

  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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Installing 32bit AutoCAD LT 2015 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

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

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD LT®”
  • “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 LT® 2015. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way.

Installing AutoCAD LT 2015 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps.

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. If you have CDs (if not check (3) below):
    1. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your AutoCAD LT 2015 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\AutoCADLT2015
    2. If you have more CD’s, copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\AutoCADLT2015 folder
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_LT_2015_English_Win_32bit.exe
    1. 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\AutoCADLT2015), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD LT 2015 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab named ‘AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    1. pick the c:\Autodesk\AutoCADLT2015 folder
    2. click the ‘Convert‘ button.
  5. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. Click ‘Install/Run Setup‘ to start setup
    2. Install as normal.
  6. Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users: Once the installation process is complete…
    1. go back to the Converter, select the 3rd tab named ‘Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. Pick the newly installed C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2015 folder
    3. Click ‘Fix Old Program‘.
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD LT 2015 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10!

Troubleshooting:

– 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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Installing AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop 2004 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

NOTE: We currently only US unlocked versions of 2004 on 64bit OS. European or locked US support 2004 is limited only to 32bit Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10.

Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2004 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 32bit or 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. Using Windows Explorer, your MDT 2004 CD to your hard drive, to folder path c:\Autodesk\InstallCDs\mdt2004
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool…
    1. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver“,
    2. Now pick the ‘…’ button and select the folder path c:\Autodesk\InstallCDs\mdt2004
    3. Now click the “Run Old Installer…” button.
    4. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
      1. 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:\mdt2004 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Mechanical 2004**
    5. If you see an error in install “.NET Runtime Optimization Service has stopped working” – simply ignore by clicking the “Close Program” button
  4. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool…
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. pick the newly installed c:\mdt2004 folder and click “Fix Old Program…“.
  5. Now you can run happily your MDT 2004 in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 both 32bit and 64bit.
    1. NOTE: If you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues“, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program…”
Troubleshooting:
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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Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2004 from Inventor Series 7 CD on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2004 from Inventor Series 7 CD on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 32bit or 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.

How to install MDT 2004 from Inventor 7 CD

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 2 (not Disk 1) of your Inventor Series 7 CD to your hard drive, to folder path c:\Autodesk\InstallCDs\mdt2004
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool…
    1. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    2. Pick the ‘…’ button and select the folder path c:\Autodesk\InstallCDs\mdt2004\Bin\ACADFeui
    3. Now click the “Run Old Installer…” button
      1. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program…
    1. 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:\mdt2004 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Mechanical 2004**
    2. If you see an error in install “.NET Runtime Optimization Service has stopped working” – simply ignore by clicking the “Close Program” button
  5. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool…
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. pick the newly installed c:\mdt2004 folder
    3. click “Fix Old Program…
  6. Now you can run happily your MDT 2004 in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 both 32bit and 64bit.
    1. NOTE: If you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues“, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program…”

Troubleshooting

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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Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2006 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Installing AutoCAD Mechanical (MDT) 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 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

How to install AutoCAD Mechanical 2006

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire MDT 2006 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\mdt2006 
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver“, pick the c:\Autodesk\mdt2006 folder, and click Run. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. 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:\mdt2006 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Mechanical 2006 as usually prompted by default)**
  5. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver“, pick the newly installed c:\mdt2006 folder and click Fix.
  6. Now you can happily run your MDT 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Installing the MDT 2006 Service Pack 2

  1. Click one of these to download the MDT 2006 sp2 (you will either have a locked or unlocked version labeled on your original CD)
    1. Download the unlocked MDT 2006 sp2 (Acm2006_unl_SP2.exe)
    2. Download the locked MDT 2006 sp2 (Acm2006_swl_SP2.exe)
  2. Now Copy the *SP2.exe to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now run the *SP2.exe from Windows explorer to install.

Troubleshooting

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation 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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Installing Adobe Illustrator 8 on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

Most likely, the reason you found this page is because your Adobe Illustrator 8 Autoplay does nothing when you click the “Adobe Illustrator 8” install button…

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…the good news is, that it can be solved!

Installing your Adobe Illustrator 8 on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

How to install Adobe Illustrator 8

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…

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Reviver tool here – you need version 4.10 or newer
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Adobe Illustrator 8 install CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Illustrator8
  3. Start the Longbow Reviver tool…
    1. Select the 1st tab named “Old Installer Reviver
    2. then using the ‘…’ button pick the  c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Illustrator8\Adobe Illustrator 8.0 folder
    3. Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer’ button
    4. Read and understand all the prompts that appear, then continue by clicking OK.
  4. Once your Adobe Illustrator 8 setup screen appears, install as normal except:
    1. As shown just below, when you arrive at the install to ‘Destination Folder” – it is vitally important that you install to c:\adobe\illustrator 8 (not .\Adobe\Illustrator 8 as normally prompted)
    2. Now continue with setup as normal
    3. Once setup is complete, do not reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Now Illustrator is installed. In the Longbow Reviver tool…
    1. Select the 2nd tab “Old Program Reviver
    2. Pick the newly installed c:\adobe\illustrator 10 folder
      1. Select Run as “Windows 98
    3. Now click ‘Fix Old Program’
      1. Say ‘No’ if the Reviver tool asks if you want to re-register…
  6. Reboot your PC
  7. Now you can happily run your Adobe Illustrator 8, using Windows Explorer, simply run c:\adobe\illustrator 8\illustrator

Troubleshooting

  • If your setup is not appearing within 1 hour, reboot into Safe Mode and try the same process as above again.
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Installing 64bit AutoCAD Architecture 2009 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 64bit

Your 64bit AutoCAD Architecture 2009 (ADT 2009) was never designed to run in Windows 8 or Windows 10 64bit (these versions of Windows are newer than ADT 2009). In order for your ADT 2009 to run as it did in previous versions of Windows, you need to follow these easy steps…

Install 64bit AutoCAD 2009

  1. Make sure all previous installed versions of AutoCAD 2009 are uninstalled first.
  2. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  3. Start the Converter tool
    1. Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using your mouse, right click the tab text “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter” so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter
    3. Next, using the “…” button, select your AutoCAD installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface.
  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
  5. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way

Installing ADT 2009 Service Packs

We recommend that you download and install the latest Service Packs from Autodesk which can be found here. NOTE: Update 3 contains Update 1 and 2 also.

Troubleshooting

– 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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Installing AutoCAD Architecture 2009 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 2009…

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® Architecture® 2009”
  • “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® 2009. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

How to install AutoCAD ADT 2009

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start In 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
  5. Now run your AutoCAD as normal

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way

Installing ADT 2009 Service Packs

We recommend that you download and install the latest Service Packs from Autodesk which can be found here. Update 3 contains Update 1 and 2 also.

Troubleshooting

– 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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Installing 64bit AutoCAD LT 2010 on Windows 8 and Windows 10 64bit

Your 64bit AutoCAD LT 2010 was never designed to run in Windows , Windows 8 or Windows 10 64bit (these versions of Windows are newer than AutoCAD LT 2010). In order for your AutoCAD LT 2010 to run as it did in previous versions of Windows, you need to follow these easy steps…

How to install 64bit AutoCAD LT 2010

  1. First, uninstall any existing AutoCAD 2010 installations on your computer
  2. Next obtain a copy of the Longbow Converter App, download here
  3. Start the Converter tool
    1. Pick the 1st tab named “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter
    2. Using your mouse, click the “32bit” button in “AutoCAD 32bit Installer Converter” so that it changes to “AutoCAD 64bit Installer Converter
    3. Next, using the “. . .  button, select your AutoCAD installation CD and follow the instructions presented by the Converter tool user interface.
  4. Once the conversion process is complete
    1. click Install/Run Setup to start setup
    2. Once you have completed the AutoCAD installation process…
      1. Completely close the setup program
      2. Go back to the Converter App and make sure it states “Success!
  5. Now you can run your AutoCAD as normal

Troubleshooting

  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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Installing Autodesk Land Desktop 2004 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

NOTE: We currently only support US unlocked versions of 2004 on 64bit OS. European or locked US support 2004 is limited only to 32bit Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10.

Follow these instructions to solve issues around installing/running your old AutoCAD 2004 on newer versions of 64bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

How to install Autodesk LDT 2004 

  1. Obtain your purchased copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. Insert your AutoCAD CD into your CDRom drive
    2. Select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    3. Using the “…” button, path the to your AutoCAD CD
    4. Click “Run Old Installer
      1. Read and follow all the prompts
      2. Once the AutoCAD setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  3. In the AutoCAD setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. Problem NOTES:
      1. if you cannot move past the first screen in the setup, see Trouble Shooting below
      2. When you click the Install link from your  AutoCAD setup you may see a dialog box appear saying – “This program has compatibility issues” – simply check the “Don’t show this message again” and then click the “Run the program without getting help”.
    2. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog…
      1. **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\ldt2004 (not Program Files (x86)\Autodesk Land Desktop 2004)**.
    3. While installing…
      1. If you see an error in install “.NET Runtime Optimization Service has stopped working” – simply ignore by clicking the “Close Program” button
      2. Do not reboot if asked to do so
    4. Once installed
      1. Do not reboot if asked to do so
      2. Make sure to fully close the setup program when the installation is complete.
      3. Back in the Converter app and make sure it’s completed the final stage of processing using the “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” tab
  4. Finally, reboot your PC and run your AutoCAD as normal
    1. NOTE: When starting AutoCAD, if you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues
      1. Click “Don’t show this message again”
      2. then click “Run the Program…”

Installing Autodesk LDT 2004 Sp1

  1. Download LDT 2004 sp2 from here 
    1. Copy the file into c:\Autodesk\sp
  2. Start the Converter
    1. Select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. Pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder
    3. Now click the Fix Old Program button.
    4. Install as normal

Troubleshooting

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes immediately on startup:

– 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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Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2008 from Inventor Series 2008 CD on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

NOTE: This solution only works with an Autodesk Inventor Series 2008 installation media.

Installing Mechanical 2008 from Inventor Series 2008 CD on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 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. Copy your Inventor Series 2008 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\CDs\InventorSeries2008 
    1. IMPORTANT: If you have more than one CD, copy them all to the same c:\Autodesk\CDs\InventorSeries2008 folder – overwriting any existing files and folders.
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\CDs\InventorSeries2008 folder.
  4. The Converter will say that the media is not fully supported; simply click the Tools->Manual MSI Correction menu option
  5. Once the conversion process is completed, click the “Run Setup/Install AutoCAD…” button to bring up your Inventor 2008 setup program as normal.
    1. Un-check all install options except AutoCAD Mechanical 2008
    2. 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\MDT 2008 folder, then click “Fix
  7. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Mechanical 2008 on Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Troubleshooting:

– 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 please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in Autodesk Products

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Installing Adobe Photoshop 6 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Installing your Adobe Photoshop 6.0 on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

How to install Adobe Photoshop 6

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…

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Reviver tool here – you need version 4.10 or newer
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Adobe Photoshop 6 install CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Photoshop6
  3. Start the Longbow Reviver tool…
    1. select the 1st tab “Old Installer Reviver
    2. using the ‘…’ button pick the  c:\InstallCDs\Adobe\Photoshop6 folder
    3. Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer’ button
    4. Read and understand all the prompts that appear, then continue by clicking OK.
    5. You will need to wait up to 45 minutes before seeing the Adobe Photoshop 6.0 setup screen appear, be patient!
      1. If you have waited 90 minutes and nothing has appeared, reboot into Safe Mode and try this same process again.
  4. Once your Adobe Photoshop 6.0 setup screen appears, install as normal except:
    1. When you arrive at the install to ‘Destination Folder” – it is vitally important that you install to c:\adobe\photoshop6 (not C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop 6.0 as normally prompted)
    2. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Now Photoshop is installed, go back to the the Longbow Reviver tool
    1. select the 2nd tab “Old Program Reviver
    2. using the “…” button pick the newly installed c:\adobe\photoshop6 folder
    3. Set the “Run As” Option to “Windows 98
    4. click ‘Fix Old Program’
      1. Say ‘Yes’ if the Reviver tool asks if you want to re-register…
  6. Now you can happily run your Adobe Photoshop 6 on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit!

Installing the Photoshop 7 Upgrade

If you have a Adobe Photoshop 7 Upgrade CD, simply follow the same instructions as detailed here – Installing Adobe Photoshop 7 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

 

Troubleshooting

  • If your setup is not appearing within 1 hour, reboot into Safe Mode and try the same process as above again.
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Installing AutoCAD Land Development Desktop R2i on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Installing AutoCAD Land Development Desktop R2i (LDDT R2i) on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 32bit or 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.

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…
  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here – you will need version 8.56 or newer
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire LDDT R2i 2000i installation CD to your hard drive, specifically to a folder path of c:\Autodesk\CD\ldtr2000i
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver”, pick the c:\Autodesk\CD\ldtr2000i folder, and click Run. Read and understand any/all the prompts the Converter pops up before pressing OK.
  4. 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:\ldt2000i (not C:\Program Files (x86)\Land Desktop R2\ as usually prompted)**
    1. Install as normal
    2. If you see the “AutoCAD Land Development Desktop 2i Migration assistant” dialog appear, say “No” – we did not test that installation path.
    3. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  5. Make sure the setup is completely closed down, next, go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver”, pick the newly installed c:\ldt2000i folder and click “Fix
  6. Now you can run your Land Desktop R2i on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, but be sure to read the Troubleshooting guide below…

Installing Autodesk Civil Design 2i

Once you have installed AutoCAD Land Development Desktop R2i using the above instructions, you can now install Civil. Here’s how:

  1. Using Windows Explorer, copy your Autodesk Civil Design 2i installation CD to your hard drive, specifically to a folder path of c:\Autodesk\CD\CivilDesign2000i
  2. Start the Converter again, select the 2nd tab “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver”, pick the c:\Autodesk\CD\CivilDesign2000i folder, and click “Run“.
    1. If the Converter asks you “What type of installer is this? – Is this a service pack , update or plug-in/app…?” – say “Yes”.
    2. Read and understand any/all the prompts the Converter pops up before pressing OK
  3. Install as normal.
    1. If you cannot find your menu items, you may need to MENULOAD c:\ldt2000i\Support\Civil.mnu

Installing Autodesk Survey 2i

Once you have installed AutoCAD Land Development Desktop R2i using the above instructions, you can now install Survey. Here’s how:

  1. Using Windows Explorer, copy your Autodesk Survey 2i installation CD to your hard drive, specifically to a folder path of c:\Autodesk\CD\Survey2000i
  2. Start the Converter again, select the 2nd tab “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver”, pick the c:\Autodesk\CD\Survey2000i folder, and click “Run“.
    1. If the Converter asks you “What type of installer is this? – Is this a service pack , update or plug-in/app…?” – say “Yes”.
    2. Read and understand any/all the prompts the Converter pops up before pressing OK
  3. Install as normal.
    1. If you cannot find your menu items, you may need to MENULOAD c:\ldt2000i\Support\Survey.mnu

The LDT R2i Service Pack

  1. First download the Land Desktop 2i Civil Design 2i Service Pack 2 (stand-alone and network) from here and save to c:\Autodesk\sp
  2. Next, start the Converter, select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” select the c:\Autodesk\sp folder, then click Fix.
    1. If asked if this is a service pack by the Converter tool, say yes.
  3. Now run the ld2i_sp2_ul.exe as normal from Windows Explorer.

Troubleshooting:

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Install 32bit AutoCAD Architecture 2015 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

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

  • “This operating system is not supported by AutoCAD® Architecture® 2015”
  • “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® 2015. It cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows”

Installing AutoCAD Architecture 2015 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 (if not check (3) below):
    1. Using Windows Explorer, copy Disk 1 of your AutoCAD Architecture 2015 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\ADT2015
    2. If you have more CD’s, copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\ADT2015 folder
  3. If you have a single self extracting exe downloaded from Autodesk called something like AutoCAD_Arch_2015_English_Win_32_64bit_en-us_Setup.exe
    1. 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\ADT2015), now click OK. Wait until all of the files have extracted, when they do, the AutoCAD Architecture 2015 setup will automatically launch – simply close it and move to the next step.
  4. Now, start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 1st tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\ADT2015 folder, and click the Convert button.
  5. Once the conversion process is complete, click Install/Run Setup to start setup. Simply install as normal.
    1. Once installed, we recommend you disable the AutoCAD Communication Center/InfoCenter toolbar as it uses a lot of memory, causes slow startup and most people don’t use it anyway!
  6. Now you can happily run your AutoCAD Architecture 2015 32bit on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10!

Troubleshooting:

– 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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Installing Autodesk Land Development Desktop R2 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

Installing AutoCAD Land Development Desktop R2 (LDDT R2 is AutoCAD 2000 based) on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 32bit or 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.

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…
 
  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here – you will need version 8.50 or newer
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire LDDT R2 2000 installation CD to your hard drive, specifically to a folder path of c:\Autodesk\lddt2000
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\lddt2000 folder, and click Run. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
  4. For AutoCAD 2000 versions, the Migration Wizard almost instantly pops up, simply click Install 2000 as normal. Now, I know it’s unheard of these days, but at this point expect to wait at least 45 minutes for your Land Desktop R2 setup.exe program to fully appear. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  5. 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:\landdt2000 (not .\Autodesk Land Development Desktop as usually prompted)**
    1. Ignore the fact the the shortcut cannot be created, you will need to create this by hand once the installation is finished.
    2. Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  6. Once installed, using Windows Explorer, navigate to c:\Autodesk\lddt2000\data and run the MDAC_TYP.exe program, with these instructions
    1. When the “Microsoft Data Access Components 2.0” license agreement pops up, if you agree with the terms, click ‘Yes’
    2. At the next dialog, simply click “Continue”
    3. When the option dialog to do a Complete install or a Custom install, click “Custom”
    4. At the next dialog, un-check “Microsoft Remote Data Services” and then click “Continue”
    5. Exit the setup when finished.
  7. Next, go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed c:\landdt2000 folder and click “Fix”
  8. Now you must run your AutoCAD Land Development Desktop R2 2000 as is as a first time initialization, it will start up in raw AutoCAD mode (using Windows Explorer, simply navigate to c:\landdt2000 and double click acad.exe)
    1. If you want to startup in LDT mode, simply create a shortcut to c:\landdt2000\acad.exe and set the Target property to c:\landdt2000\acad.exe /p lddt.arg
    2. If you want to startup in Map mode, simply create a shortcut to c:\landdt2000\acad.exe and set the Target property to c:\landdt2000\acad.exe /p map.arg
  9. Now you can run your Land Desktop R2 on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, but be sure to read the Troubleshooting guide below…

The LDT 2000 Service Pack

  1. First download the stand-alone LandDesktop R2 2.01 sp from here and save to c:\Autodesk\sp
  2. Next, start the Converter, select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver” select the c:\Autodesk\sp folder, then click Fix.
    1. If asked if this is a service pack by the Converter tool, say yes.
  3. Now run the land201.exe as normal from Windows Explorer.

Troubleshooting:

  • If you are getting an “Out of memory error” when you start a new drawing, try creating a new project, and use a previous drawing to ‘Save As’ a template for use instead.

  • If your AutoCAD 2000 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 installing AutoCAD 2000 from Windows Safe Mode

 

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