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February 14, 2014

Dear Bill:

Recently, my motherboard failed, which in turn, shorted out my hard disk drive...so I bought another computer.

Tried to install my dinosaur AutoCAD 2007 and got the message:  "THIS VERSION OF AUTOCAD ISN'T COMPATABLE WITH THIS VERSION OF WINDOWS."

I'm running Windows 7 Professional now and I was previously running Windows 7 Home Edition.

It was totally hard dealing with Autodesk the last time I had to reinstall my program.

Please save me!  Right now I don't have $4,000 on hand to upgrade.

Very truly yours,

Sheldon

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I believe the reason you are seeing that message is because you are attempting to install 32-bit software on a 64-bit operating system.  That cannot be done natively.  I believe there has been some success running the setup in compatibility mode.  Also, I don't think Autodesk will send out new 64-bit disks for AutoCAD 2007, a seven-year-old product.  But there may be another solution, that might cost a little, but not nearly as much as purchasing a new version of AutoCAD.  I researched this problem and came up with a program that is available called "Longbow Converter V6".  This is supposed to be able to facilitate the installation of 32-bit AutoCAD onto 64-bit operating systems.  I found that program here:
http://www.longbowsoftware.com/
Currently the price for a home user is $49.99

The web page purports full support for AutoCAD 2007.  I think you may be in luck.
I found an old review for the product here:
http://www.geospecialling.com/index.php/2011/01/
I couldn't find a bad review, or reviews associating the software with the word "ripoff".  These are all good signs that it's a good product.

Good luck.

Bill DeShawn  

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I can address all 2-D questions and some 3-D questions. I do programming in AutoLISP if it doesn`t involve solid modeling. I can also address menu customization issues and can help you find answers to questions I can`t answer by taking your question directly to Autodesk via their newsgroups.

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I used to do electronic and mechanical design for a flat panel monitor manufacturer, and now I do architectural drafting for an architect. I did and do AutoLISP and menu customization and take pride in making my lisp routines to do the work exactly the way the client likes them done.

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I had a routine published in CADENCE magazine (no longer in publication and taken over by CADALYST). Some of my routines are published on my website at http://my.sterling.net/~bdeshawn

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Certified completion of AutoCAD courses, AutoCAD employment experience since 1992

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