Solved Autocad 7 on Windows 7/10 computers

September 7, 2019 at 06:05:49
Specs: Windows 10 Home, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-860 quad-core processor, 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
I would like to run Autocad 7 on one of my two desktop computers, a 2018 Dell Inspiron 5680 (Windows 10 Home) and a 2010 HP Pavillion dv4i (Windows 7 Home). Would that be possible? I believe that Autocad was originally designed to run on Windows XP.
Would it help if, if I install Windows 7 professional in place of Windows 7 Home on my HP computer?
Any suggestions/recommendations on how to proceed?
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#1
September 7, 2019 at 07:16:12
Is this a DOS release? Or are you talking Autocad 2007? There doesn't seem to be any reference to "Autocad 7" in any of the releases; it jumps from R2.6 to R9 in 1987:

https://autodesk.blogs.com/between_...

In any case, upgrading to Win7 Pro probably won't make any difference either way...

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#2
September 7, 2019 at 09:07:47
You are correct. I meant Autocad 2007, NOT Autocad 7 ! Sorry for the confusion.

I kind of remember that there was an option in Windows 7 Pro to run as it was Windows XP, but I am not too sure.

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September 7, 2019 at 10:22:19
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"I kind of remember that there was an option in Windows 7 Pro to run as it was Windows XP, but I am not too sure."

It does, if you download it:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dow...

How to install:

https://www.wikihow.com/Install-Win...

But I'm a little surprised that AC2k7 won't directly install on Win7, given it's only 2 years older that the intro of Win7. Are both the software and O/S 32-bit?

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#4
September 7, 2019 at 12:17:03
Thanks for the links.

I will get Autocad 2007 only next week. For the moment I am only trying to determine the best way for using it.

Autocad 2007 is 32 bit. My Windows 7 computer is 64 bit.

It looks like I will need to upgrade to windows 7 Pro, but when I install the Windows XP Mode for Windows 7, should I select the 64 bit version of the XP Mode because my computer is 64 bit or the 32 bit version of the XP Mode, because Autocad 2007 is 32 bit?


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#5
September 7, 2019 at 13:42:31
"...should I select the 64 bit version of the XP Mode because my computer is 64 bit or the 32 bit version of the XP Mode, because Autocad 2007 is 32 bit?"

Select the version compatible with your current O/S (64-bit). Also from the download (at least as far as I can see):

"Windows XP Mode provides a 32-bit virtual Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (SP3) environment. This download includes a virtual hard disk (.vhd file) with Windows XP SP3 preinstalled. Client virtualization software, such as Windows Virtual PC is required to use Windows XP Mode. "

Not really surprising, since 64-bit XP was rare.

But again, before installing, "the best way for using it" would be to try and see if it'll install on Win7 first.

And according to the below, it apparently needs only an Autocad SP2 installation to do so:

https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/auto...

There's little (other than a slower system) to be gained by running it on any kind of emulation.

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#6
September 7, 2019 at 15:47:18
Thanks. I will try first to install Autocad 2007 on my Windows 7 computer as it is now. I will update this thread on how it goes.

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#7
September 7, 2019 at 20:56:52
It should install on Windows 7, it will NOT install on Windows 10. My daughter has a later version and it will not install on Windows 10.
Windows 7 64bit is backwards compatible with most 32bit programs as long as their installer was 32bit and not 16bit as was common way back before 64bit was common.

Remember that Autocad is a heavy user of memory and graphics. If you have 64bit OS then us at least 16GB memory if possible, if your OS is 32bit then install 4GB (3.2-3.5GB usable)

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#8
September 8, 2019 at 12:21:16
My computer has only 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs]. I guess I will need to buy 10 more GB.
Any suggestions on how to order the additional memory? Do I need more information to specify the memory that will work with my computer?
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#9
September 8, 2019 at 20:32:16
Go to Crucial.com and use their scanner. It will tell you what to purchase, then you can decide on purchasing from them or writing down the info and going elsewhere. To get 16GB you will need four 4GB stick or two 8GB sticks depending on what you have installed and what you can install. You also may be able to go from 1333MHz to 1600MHz but you would need to set the BIOS to the XMP option in order to use the full speed of the faster memory.

Before purchasing the memory you CAN install the software, it just will run a bit sluggish on the installed memory.
You can increase the virtual memory which might help some but it uses some hard drive space and is much slower.

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#10
September 8, 2019 at 21:15:27
All noted. Thanks for your help!

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