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AutoCAD 2000 onto x64?

#1
Hi, i've spent the last hour or so browsing the net trying to find out how i can nstall my AutoCAD 2000 AD onto my computer running windows vista ultimate x64. So far i've made no progress whatsoever.

Can anybody shed some light? Basically i run the setup program which asks if i want to instal autocad or migration assistance as it did on my other past computers. When i click Autocad it says:

'Unsupported 16-Bit Application

The program or feature "\??\G:\setup.exe" cannot start or run due to incompatability with 64-bit versions of windows. Please contact the software vendor to ask if a 64-bit windows compatible version is available.'

I really need to use this program so any help would be awesome.
 

locoeng

Flim-Flam Man
Vista Guru
#2
According to your error Autocad 2000 AD isn't a valid 64 bit application and you won't be able to install it. As the message states, you should contact the software vendor to see if there is a 64 bit version available.
 
#3
Autodesk recommends AutoCad 2008/2009 for Vista 32/64 bit. I doubt they will ever revise Acad2000. :(

AutoCAD® 2008, AutoCAD® 2009 and AutoCAD LT® 2009 are compatible with the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista™ Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business and Enterprise.
AutoCAD LT® 2008 is compatible with the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business and Enterprise.
Service Pack 2 for AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007 adds support for Windows Vista 32-bit versions for these releases

Raj
 

Tstright

Member
Power User
#4
2007 can be installed on x64 with a hack, other than that it's all 08 or newer. The only way you'll get 2000 to run is using VMWare, but performance would be horrid. I work for a software company that designs 3rd party apps for AutoCAD.
 

ltwally

System 'ministrator
Vista Pro
#5
Hi, i've spent the last hour or so browsing the net trying to find out how i can nstall my AutoCAD 2000 AD onto my computer running windows vista ultimate x64. So far i've made no progress whatsoever.

Can anybody shed some light? Basically i run the setup program which asks if i want to instal autocad or migration assistance as it did on my other past computers. When i click Autocad it says:

'Unsupported 16-Bit Application

The program or feature "\??\G:\setup.exe" cannot start or run due to incompatability with 64-bit versions of windows. Please contact the software vendor to ask if a 64-bit windows compatible version is available.'

I really need to use this program so any help would be awesome.
First, a basic fact: 64-bit Vista is unable to run 16-bit software. Completely unable. Will not work, period. It's just how Microsoft designed the system.

32-bit Vista can still handle old 16-bit executables, however.

Now then... your error message seems to be indicating that the Autocad installer is a 16-bit installer. Since Vista x64 cannot handle 16-bit programs... it cannot run the installer, even if the actual application turns out to be 32-bit.

The only chance would be if you could actually copy the program directory from another machine - on older software that has been known to work, though I would cross my fingers for that one.

Otherwise, Autodesk would have to port the install script to a 32bit or 64bit installer. Not gonna happen. Keeping a few legacy customers happy isn't worth that kind of resource investment - not when they can simply tell you to upgrade to the latest version and then get some more money from you.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news... but your chances are slim to none. :(
 
K

kietsmark

#6
best option for you is to get AutoCAD 2008 or newer version. It has a x64bit installer but you need to install x32bit also on a x32bit OS (different computer is ok even if it is not networked) then after you install it on their respective OS you need to go to the portable license utility of autocad on the x64 and make a note of the computer name and computer i.d. (exact manner as it appears) after that, go to where you installed autocad x32 bit then... portable license utility also and hit export license then add then type the name and id of the computer where you installed x64 bit after you save it somewhere hit ok and close... lastly... go back to x64bit os... go to portable license utility then hit import license and browse on the license file you get in x32bit OS (you copied it on a USB and paste in x64bit OS of course) after that just ok and close... you're good to go. :)
 
#7
That's what i thought. Thanks guys. Managed to blag a copy of 2004 which works in 32bit mode on 64bit desktop. Main thing is i avoided a monstrous pay out for a new autocad cos quite frankly it isn't worth what they charge for it.
 

mrIT

New Member
#8
I have gotten Auto Cad 2000 to work with XP x64. I have also gotten it to work with a third party application sheet metal application.

This is basically how I did it.

I installed it onto a x86 based machine and then coppied the acad2000 folder over to the x64 machine. I then had to copy over the system files and place in them in the x86 system folder.

The only thing that has not worked in ACAD and I am still trying to figure it out is when i click 0Snap settings it does not come up and i get an error. i think i need to copy over something or change something in the registry but I can not figure it out.

The main problem is that x64 will not run 16 bit applications. However ACAD 2000 is not a 16 bit application but rather a 32-bit application. The installer is 16 bit.

If Autotask would come up with a 32 bit installer for ACAD2000 everything should work fine. Since x64 will run 32-bit applications.
 

Tstright

Member
Power User
#9
If Autodesk would come up with a 32 bit installer for ACAD2000 everything should work fine. Since x64 will run 32-bit applications.
Will never happen. 2000 is not a supported version. Also Installing it the way you are is in violation of the license agreement.
 

ltwally

System 'ministrator
Vista Pro
#10
Theoretically, it's probably not in violation if you were to dual-boot, and copied it from XP to Vista x64 on the same piece of hardware.

Either way - really, who's going to care? No one would sue him for such a procedure, assuming he has a valid license and uninstalls it from his 32-bit machine immediately afterwards.
 

ltwally

System 'ministrator
Vista Pro
#11
I have gotten Auto Cad 2000 to work with XP x64. I have also gotten it to work with a third party application sheet metal application.

This is basically how I did it.

I installed it onto a x86 based machine and then coppied the acad2000 folder over to the x64 machine. I then had to copy over the system files and place in them in the x86 system folder.

The only thing that has not worked in ACAD and I am still trying to figure it out is when i click 0Snap settings it does not come up and i get an error. i think i need to copy over something or change something in the registry but I can not figure it out.

The main problem is that x64 will not run 16 bit applications. However ACAD 2000 is not a 16 bit application but rather a 32-bit application. The installer is 16 bit.

If Autotask would come up with a 32 bit installer for ACAD2000 everything should work fine. Since x64 will run 32-bit applications.
I don't know what kind of install engine ACAD2000 uses... but it might be theoretically possible, if it were using some generic install engine that just follows the config script to simply use a 32bit version of that installer. This would only work if the installer wasn't a customized EXE, and if you could track down a 32bit version of that EXE.

'Course, I dunno 'bout you, but I have better ways to waste my time...
 
#12
I installed it onto a x86 based machine and then coppied the acad2000 folder over to the x64 machine. I then had to copy over the system files and place in them in the x86 system folder.

We are trying to install ACad2000 as well. Exactly what system files did you copy over?
 
#13
I have gotten Auto Cad 2000 to work with XP x64. I have also gotten it to work with a third party application sheet metal application.

This is basically how I did it.

I installed it onto a x86 based machine and then coppied the acad2000 folder over to the x64 machine. I then had to copy over the system files and place in them in the x86 system folder.
Hi MrIT. Do you have details of which system files specifically? We need to get this working on x64 too. Thanks
 

zeto

New Member
#14
Hello guys, try this:

1) Install MS virtual PC (free)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/

2) Install Windows XP 32 bits inside a virtual PC (use an old unused Windows XP installation disc)

3) Install Autocad 2000 inside the virtual PC XP installation

4) Enable the Folder integration between host and guest, so the files you create in there are copied to a folder inside your Vista x64 installation (for printing, email etc)

5) success!
 
#16
I have been successful in getting Autocad 2000 on a Vista 64 machine.
I can't quite remember the details but it seems the problem is with the installer, not th program. I think I used a network computer running XP and did the installation on the Vista machine. I know this is foggy, but it worked. Every once in awhile there would be some minor glitch but nothing substantial, at least until the HD broke and now I have to remember the sequence again. So, I write this for those who just don't want to give up. I am one. There is a way. I don't use ACAD often enough to justify buying it again. I have Sketchup and DesignCad which work well on my machine. But, sometimes one just needs ACAD and besides my training was on that program. Hope this gives hope.
 
#17
Here is how I got it installed:
Install Acad 2000 on an old box, register it.
Copy the \Program Files\Acad2000 Directory from the old box to the base c:\ drive on the new box
Copy the \Program Files\Common Files\AutoDesk Shared to c:\CadShare
On the new box, Under the Contol panel, go into system, "Advanced System Settings", "Environment Variables", find "Path", and add ";c:\CadShare" to it. Good to go.
 
#18
I have gotten Auto Cad 2000 to work with XP x64. I have also gotten it to work with a third party application sheet metal application.

This is basically how I did it.

I installed it onto a x86 based machine and then coppied the acad2000 folder over to the x64 machine. I then had to copy over the system files and place in them in the x86 system folder.

The only thing that has not worked in ACAD and I am still trying to figure it out is when i click 0Snap settings it does not come up and i get an error. i think i need to copy over something or change something in the registry but I can not figure it out.

The main problem is that x64 will not run 16 bit applications. However ACAD 2000 is not a 16 bit application but rather a 32-bit application. The installer is 16 bit.

If Autotask would come up with a 32 bit installer for ACAD2000 everything should work fine. Since x64 will run 32-bit applications.
What do you mean by "copy over the system files"?