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May 2013

AutoCAD 2012 + .NET 4.5 + Hacking the "setup.ini"

One of our more ingenious Product Support Techs figured a workaround for installing AutoCAD 2012 on computers with .NET 4.5 pre-installed.  Please note that AutoCAD 2012 doesn't really support .NET 4.5 so hack with caution...

The Situation:

  • Client builds their computers with .NET 4.5 installed.
  • Client tries to install AutoCAD 2012 on those computers and it will fail.


AutoCAD 2012 tries to install NET 4.0 and when it tries, it fails because .NET 4.5 is already installed. You could uninstall .NET 4.5 and install AutoCAD, but for this user, .NET 4.5 was on the stock machine image.


Remove .NET installation by hacking the setup.ini file.

Backup the original setup.ini file and call it setup.ini.bak then use Notepad to edit setup.ini file.

  • NOTE:  Editing the setup.ini file from an existing deployment will NOT work.

Locate the line [or search for DOTNET]:


Delete anything with DOTNET in it.


Save the file.

Now install or build a deployment with the removed NET pre-requisites. This will allow AutoCAD 2012 to install on a machine with .NET 4.5 already installed. This customized installer will not install .NET.

Please note that AutoCAD 2012 was built for .NET 4.0 and not .NET 4.5.  .NET4.0 is similar to .NET 4.5 so if you experience issues, you may need to install 4.0 at some time in the future.  Please work with caution...

Thanks to David Dembkoski for this tip.


We have now included a Screencast video of the workflow:

Windows crash during license authorization of Autodesk 2014 product

When trying to activate the software, you will get a fatal error and you will be prompted to submit a CER report.  Please review the following solution and download the patch and apply as necessary.  This applies to all Autodesk products.

The key part of determining if the symtom will be resolved by this solution is by running this command in a command prompt shell: wmic bios get serialnumber.  If there is no serial number, then the patch should work!


Thanks to the Development Team for getting this out ASAP.

Maya Creation Suite 2014: Send-To Function Fails

The Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 (ECS 2014) Send - To function fails when it is installed in any drive other than C:\.

Send - To function is a one click workflow tool that allows you to transfer your working file from and to any program in the Suite.  i.e. Maya > MotionBuilder and back to Maya.

For a workaround, please check out the Mayastation:

Network License: RSA 2013 to RSA 2014 Pro

Since April 2013 Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis is no longer available and starting from release 2014 customers can only purchase or upgrade to Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional 2014.
Customers already owning Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2013 will be automatically upgraded to Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional 2014.
For the network installations under subscription, as usual once upgraded, you will need to get a new license file. The new license file will be valid for the current and prior 3 version of the product but, this concerns the Professional versions only.
In fact, if you previously had an Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2013 network license, you will not be able to get a license from the new file.
You have to request a combined file that integrates both the 2014 Professional and the 2013 (
Note: combining the files that you own won’t work as they have different issue dates.

If you upgraded from Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2013 Professional version everything is fine with the new license file.

We are currently attempting to request the license file to either be amended or to have the 2013 (not Professional) to be added to it.

Moldflow 2013 using Design Link 2014 that is free*

As some of us already know, Design Link 2014 is free now.  If you have Moldflow 2013,  you will need to 'keep' your Design Link license on the license server.  i.e. Moldflow 2014-2011 (Subscription) + Design Link 2013 to run your simulations in either Moldfow 2014 or 2013.

Here is a cool workaround from the Moldflow Blog Team so that you can use an older version of Moldflow but use the newer free Design Link 2014 that is unlicensed without keeping your Design Link 2013 license on the license server. i.e Moldflow 2014-2011 (Subscription) license is only..

AutoCAD 2013 / 2014 Crashing with Windows 8

There has been an issue reported where using multiple dropdown menus within AutoCAD 2013/2014 with Windows 8 will cause the program to freeze. Ending the process in task manager has been the only way to close the program. It appears as though the cause has been found. Evidently if you have a iPhone plugged in to your computer while running AutoCAD, this freeze can happen. Unplugging the phone causes AutoCAD to work correctly again.


Storm & Sanitary Analysis 2014 [SSA] for Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D 2014

We all know that Storm and Sanitary Analysis 2014 is part of a AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 install.  This option is now available as a download for AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 on the Subcription Center.

Please check out the following link to get access to it:


Thanks to the IPG- ICP team for alerting us of the availability of the download.


The Storm and Sanitary Analysis 2014 downoad is 32 bit.  This version will work with the 32 and 64 bit editions of Map 3D 2014.

Tip: Saving Passwords with an Internet Shortcut

We have a lot of passwords.  What is an easy way to remember them?  Just edit your shortcut with a clue word to help you remember them!

1. The quickest way to get to the Subscription Center.

2. Bookmark the shortcut.  

3. Edit the proprties of the shortcut.  In this case the ~ symbol represents a couple of characters. 

Username:  dlau
Password:  S~doo100%

I have included an image with the numbered points below:


To find my other useful tips, use the Google Search window (underneath the red contruction crane) and type: tip.

Where is my preview for DWG files in Windows?

If you use Windows Explorer's Preview Pane to preview a .dwg file, you may have noticed that it doesn't preview.


If you try to open the file within AutoCAD, you will be able to preview of the dwg file.


The solution in this scenario is to install Design Review 2013 and DWG TrueView 2013.   Starting in the 2014 product line, this is not part of the media anymore so you will need to download it from here:

Design Review also adds some components so that you can preview .dwg files in your web browser.


Thanks to Patrick Harris for confirming that this tip worked.