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AutoCAD Family: Educational (EDU) and Commercial version of the software

Here is a scenario we had recently had in Product Support in which a customer had an EDUCATIONAL version of AutoCAD installed on the computer.  When you uninstall it and re-install the COMMERCIAL version of the software, it was still in EDUCATIONAL mode.

To resolve this issue, please follow the instructions below:

 1.  Installed EDUCATIONAL version of AutoCAD.
 2.  Uninstall EDUCATIONAL version of AutoCAD.
 3.  Install COMMERCIAL version of AutoCAD
 4.  The software will still be in in EDUCATIONAL  mode.
 5.  Uninstall the software again.
 6. You may need to display/show hidden files, find out how by clicking on the links below:
 7.  Remove .data file

Windows 7

Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\FLEXnet\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\FLEXnet\adskflex_00691b00_tsf.data_backup.001

8.  Install COMMERCIAL version of AutoCAD.

Please check out the following links for reference:

NOTE:  This should also apply to all EDU versions of Autodesk software. 


The Mac location of the file.



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How this works on OS 10.7 (lion)?

Because i'm having the exact same problem.

David Lau

I have not tested this on the Mac but I believe it should work. The location of the files on the Mac is:

/Library/Preferences/FLEXnet Publisher/FLEXnet/

/Library/Preferences/FLEXnet Publisher/FLEXnet/adskflex_00691b00_tsf.data_backup.001

Please let me know if this works


The FLEXnet folder isnt there.

If you have any other solution...

But thanks anyway.


Apple made the user library folder hidden

Please use this trick to show the hidden file/folder


The Library folder was not the problem, this one I have got, but the FLEXnet Publisher folder was not in the preferences Folder.

If you have any other tip...

Thank and have a nice christmas

David Lau

I just confirmed that the file should exist in the location that was mentioned before. This file will only be there if the Autodesk product installed is "Standalone". This is now noted as an Epilogue in this post.

Merry Christmas to you as well.

Some additional helpful tips:


It Work! Thank you.

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