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Tip 1

How to make older versions of AutoCAD work properly in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Vista 

Tip 2

What about 'Windows XP Mode' inside of 64bit Windows 7 or Windows 8 and your AutoCAD? 

Tip 3 

How to make 20-20 CAP Studio work in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Vista 64bit

Tip 4 

How to correct AutoCAD 'BEX' Errors 

Tip 5 

How to quickly preview AutoCAD .dwg files inside of Microsoft Outlook Emails


Tip 6 

How to disable  64bit Windows 7 or Windows 8 driver signing

Tip 7 

AutoCAD Users Upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1


 

Tip 1 - How to make older versions of AutoCAD work properly in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Vista

If you have older versions of AutoCAD such as AutoCAD R13, R14, 2000, 2000i, 2002 or AutoCAD 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (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 they don't work properly in Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows Vista. This is because of added security restrictions and/or driver incompatibilities over old Windows XP. 

How to install and run AutoCAD R13, R14, 2000, 2000i, AutoCAD 2002, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2005, AutoCAD 2006, AutoCAD 2007 in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Vista (32 bit and 64 bit)    

NOTE: Installing these versions of AutoCAD is a 2 step process... First step is installing, second step is getting the installed program files working... Be sure to carefully follow all the instructions below...

Cool Tip: Before you start, specific instructions for your version of AutoCAD may already be documented at our Longbow Software Blog - (check out the 'Categories' listed on the left). If your version is not listed there, then...

1) You need to first download and install The Longbow Converter
2) Make sure you have administrator privileges to your machine
3) Next, follow the Longbow Converter instructions on how to install old versions of AutoCAD
4) Once installed, follow the Longbow Converter instructions on how to make old versions of AutoCAD run on Windows 7 and Windows 8 64bit
5) Once installed
  • if you are getting the 'WinHelp() Failed' error when invoking your AutoCAD help, simply install the WinHelp32.exe module from Microsoft
  • If your file dialog crashes on open, do you have HP Trust Center installed? If so, try uninstalling it...

 
How to install 32bit AutoCAD 2008, AutoCAD 2009, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD 2012, AutoCAD 2013, AutoCAD 2014 in Windows 7 64bit, Windows 8 64 bit and Windows Vista 64bit 


1) Make sure your specific AutoCAD version is listed on the Longbow Converter Home Page as supported
2) Download
and install The Longbow Converter
3) Make sure you have administrator privileges to your machine
4) Follow the instructions on how to use the Longbow Converter AutoCAD 32bit Installer converter tool


Correctly run 64bit AutoCAD 2008, AutoCAD 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 on Windows 8 

You should first read this document on upgrading your AutoCAD to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 so you understand why you need to convert your AutoCAD 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 to run on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1...

1) Make sure you have V6.1 or newer of 
The Longbow Converter
2) Make sure you have administrator privileges to your machine
3) Follow the instructions detailed here on how to use the Longbow Converter 'Old AutoCAD Program Reviver' tool
 


How to manually copy an AutoCAD install from an XP machine to a Windows 7 64bit, Windows 8 64bit or Windows Vista 64 bit and make it work! (Advanced users only) 
 
Important Update! Users of AutoCAD R14 and 2000 please read these updated AutoCAD R14 and 2000 installation instructions (look just above here) instead of the following:

Older versions of AutoCAD are all 32bit applications which means that it is totally capable of running on Windows 7, 8 and Vista 64bit. The problem with some versions is that the installation program is a 16bit program, and 16bit programs cannot work on Windows 7 and 8 64bit. The reason they cannot work is because Windows only supports dual modes for the target platform, that is, for Windows 64bit only 32bit and 64bit apps are supported, not 16bit - so for instance the 16bit AutoCAD 2000 installation program cannot run. That said, Windows 32bit supports 16bit and 32bit, not 64bit - so the 16bit AutoCAD 2000 installation program *can* run.

If you can't use the installer and you absolutely must run your AutoCAD on Windows 64bit, then it is possible to make it work, but it needs some real computer skills to make it work... Before you try this, be aware that unless you know what you are doing you can severely break your Windows installation - we are not responsible for your mistakes and state that we are not liable. If you accept that we are not liable, then you can read on - here's what you need to do...

1) You need to first download and install The Longbow Converter
2) Make sure you have administrator privileges to your machine.
3) Copy the working program from your old XP machine program files onto a USB drive or CD - e.g C:\Program Files\AutoCAD<Version>
4) Copy those files into the same folder on your new machine.
5) Back on the XP machine, start regedit.exe. Find the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE and look for Autodesk - export that registry key by right clicking the node, export onto your USB drive.
6) On the new machine, start regedit.exe and import the registry settings but this time instead of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk import to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Autodesk
7) Follow the instructions detailed here, but when the Converter asks to re-register, say *Yes* - you will see many errors as Windows kicks and screams, just close these error windows and continue.
8) Try running your application, with luck it will run first time!!
9) If you are missing Heidi, you can find the DLL here 
10) Try running again...
11) If it still fails to run, it's probably because there are some older Windows modules missing from the system. You need to get hold of a copy of depends.exe – this tool allows you to figure out what dependent modules are missing from your installation. Download this tool, and then open acad.exe to see which dependencies are missing - for each DLL that is missing, copy that DLL from your working machine and copy the file to your new machine, in the acad.exe folder. Keep doing this until you have resolved all DLL's.
11) Be sure to check this link also, in case your version of AutoCAD is affected by it 






 

Tip 2 - What about 'Windows XP Mode' inside of Windows 7 and Windows 8 64bit and AutoCAD?

One option which allows installing troublesome versions of AutoCAD is Windows XP Mode. This is a Virtual PC machine which runs a completely separate Windows XP operating system on top of your existing Windows 7/Windows 8 platform. 

One problem that people quickly run into is performance. Because you are essentially running 2 operating systems on one machine, it can drain system resources very quickly and tends to be much slower in operation compared to running it normally.  It's not suitable for everyday AutoCAD use.

Also, Microsoft will drop XP support April 8th 2014, so XP mode will no longer be supported.

A much better solution than running your AutoCAD in Windows XP mode is to convert your AutoCAD installation media so that it runs natively on your system without the need for Windows XP Mode at all. Check out The Longbow Converter solution, as it does exactly that. 

If you have any doubts about running 32bit applications in 64bit Windows, consider that Microsoft Office only comes as a 32bit application and that runs fine on Windows 64bit right? Same as AutoCAD 32bit... 




 

Tip 3 - How to make 20-20 CAP Studio work in Windows 7 and Windows 8 64bit 

We get a lot of questions about how to get CAP Studio working on Windows 64bit, therefore we'd like to document it for you here. 

Here's how to make your CAP Studio work on 64bit Windows 7 or Vista :

1) At time of writing, CAP Studio only works with AutoCAD 32bit (not AutoCAD 64bit), therefore, please follow these instructions 
on how to get your AutoCAD 32bit working on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Vista 64bit.

2) Once you have installed AutoCAD 32bit on your Windows 7/Vista 64bit, insert your CAP Studio installation media and pick install as normal.

3) The sentinal software may inform you that it failed to install, if it does, it will ask if you still want to carry on with the installation, simply pick Yes and let it install - it should work fine.

4) Once CAP Studio installs, run AutoCAD 32bit and type 'CAP' at the commandline - CAP Studio running perfectly on Windows 64bit inside of AutoCAD 32bit!



 

Tip 4 - How to correct AutoCAD 'BEX' Errors

One common issue with older versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT is the Windows 7 (and Windows 8) BEX error. 

Problem signature: 
Problem Event Name: BEX
Application Name: acadlt.exe
Application Version: 23.0.54.0
Application Timestamp: 440adc1d
Fault Module Name: StackHash_4c0d
Fault Module Version: 0.0.0.0
Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000
Exception Offset: 02a4cc4c
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Data: 00000008
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.48
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 4c0d
Additional Information 2: 4c0d4d78887f76d971d5d00f1f20a433
Additional Information 3: 4c0d
Additional Information 4: 4c0d4d78887f76d971d5d00f1f20a433

The BEX error is caused by enhancements in Windows 7 and 8 which are supposed to stop hackers from hacking your system, and actually it works really well. The problem is that it works so well that legitimate older applications like AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT fail because they we're programmed at a time when the Windows 7 and Windows 8 security "no-no's" weren't alive, hence the problem.





 

Tip 5 - How to quickly preview AutoCAD DWG, DXF and DWF files inside of Microsoft Outlook Emails and/or Windows Explorer Preview Pane

Isn't it annoying when you get a .dwg file from someone via email? You can't see what it is until you double click the dwg file attachment and then wait for AutoCAD to start in order to view it? Well, Microsoft themselves realized this was an issue for their standard Office document types so since Windows Vista and Outlook 2003 you've probably noticed that they have incorporated various email file attachment previewer support for Word Documents, Excel, Power Point etc.

Now there's a tool which builds upon Microsoft's Email file attachment previewer system which allows you to quickly preview all AutoCAD specific file types inside of emails, without the need to open AutoCAD separately. It's called The Longbow Email Previewer

It also works for all AutoCAD file types .dxf, .dwt, .cuix, .cui, .mnu, .rx, etc. It also includes support for non AutoCAD file types such as .zip files! So cool to be able to preview zip files inside of the email itself, check it out - this is a great tool to have.


 

Tip 6 - How to disable Windows 7 or Windows 8 64bit driver signing

When Microsoft introduced Windows 64bit, they knew they had a good chance to stop the security and crashing carnage that they had created with the very open and uncontrollable Windows XP platform. They were determined to rebuild their Windows operating system quality perception with their user base and stop the blue screen of death crashing problems that happened with the unverified Windows XP drivers. They did this by requiring that for Windows 64bit, all drivers must all pass the Windows Driver Verifier and also be digitally signed. 

What this means is that only legitimate software vendors could really produce drivers for the 64bit for the future, and of course, this would indeed protect the user. However, if you have older applications, legitimate older applications, these would not run on 64bit Windows due to the new restrictions imposed.

Luckily, there is a way to disable the 64bit Windows 7 or Windows 8 driver signing verification checks so you can install your old Windows applications... 

NOTE: If you are simply trying to install an older application on your Windows 7, the tool you need is the Longbow Reviver which you can download here

Here's how to disable the Windows 7 driver signing checks :

1) Click the Start menu, type "cmd" then when it appears, right click it and click "Run as Administrator"
2) Next, type bcdedit -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTERGRITY_CHECKS and then press Enter 
3) Next, type bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON and press Enter
4) Now you should be able to install/run your application

You can undo the above by changing the options from DISABLE_INTERGRITY_CHECKS to ENABLE_INTERGRITY_CHECKS and also by setting TESTSIGNING OFF 




 

Tip 7 - AutoCAD Users Upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

If you are thinking about upgrading your currently Windows version to Windows 8 and are worried about not being able to run your AutoCAD anymore, then please read on.

Both 32bit and 64bit versions of AutoCAD 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (missing sp2) require fixing with the Longbow Converter tool.

Some scenarios to consider:

Existing 32bit AutoCAD Users upgrading to Windows 8 or 8.1 (versions 2002 thru 2013 (missing sp2))

If you are about to upgrade your working Windows 7 system to Windows 8, then we recommend that you first uninstall all 32bit AutoCAD products before doing the upgrade. Once Windows 8 has been installed, just use the Longbow Converter to re-install your 32bit AutoCAD software as before.

Existing 64bit AutoCAD Users upgrading to Windows 8 or 8.1 (versions 2008 thru 2013 (missing sp2)

If you are about to upgrade your working Windows 7 system to Windows 8, then we recommend that you first uninstall all 64bit AutoCAD products before doing the upgrade. Once Windows 8 has been installed, install your 64bit AutoCAD products as normal then use the Longbow Converter to fix all 64bit AutoCAD 2008 thru 2013 Windows 8 issues.

Clean install of Windows 8 or 8.1 - installing AutoCAD 32bit
 

If you are doing a clean install of Windows 8, once Windows 8 has been installed, simply use the Longbow Converter to re-install your 32bit AutoCAD software as required.

Clean install of Windows 8 or 8.1 - installing AutoCAD 64bit 

If you are doing a clean install of Windows 8 or 8.1, once Windows 8 has been installed, install your 64bit AutoCAD products as normal then use the Longbow Converter to fix all 64bit AutoCAD 2008 thru 2013 Windows 8 issues.



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