Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Install And Run Older Version Of Autocad In Windows 7

How to make older versions of AutoCAD work properly in Windows 7 / Windows Vista

If you have older versions of AutoCAD such as AutoCAD 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and AutoCAD 2006 (including AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD verticals such as ADT, AutoCAD Map and AutoCAD Civil) then you may find that they either don't install or work properly in Windows 7. This is because of added security restrictions and/or driver incompatibilities over Windows XP.

Windows Vista provides limited compatibility options that can help get round these issues, but it's Windows 7 that provides the best Windows XP emulation.

Take AutoCAD 2002 for instance (same for R14, 2000, 2004, etc etc).
  • 1) Install on Windows 7, should work fine.
  • 2) Once installed, you need to set the compatibility mode - for AutoCAD 2002 all the way to AutoCAD 2006, you will need Windows XP sp3. Either navigate to the Programs Files\AutoCAD 2002 folder and Right click the acad.exe or Right click your AutoCAD 2002 Desktop shortcut and pick "Properties".
  • 3) Next, Pick the "Compatibility" Tab
  • 4) Now make these settings... (Screen shot below)
  • Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 3) which will enable the Windows 7 "Windows XP sp3" emulation mode... and
  • Run this program as Administrator this will allow AutoCAD access to the HKLM parts of the registry, which it requires.
5) Hit Apply, then OK.
The same process generally applies to all older AutoCAD based products. With Windows Vista, the process is the same however expect that the emulation layer isn't as good as Windows 7 and may give problems depending on the system.

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