AutoCAD 2014 Cascading with Product Design Suite 2014
Maya 2014 & the case of FOUNDATION.dll Error

Activation Looping when launching an Autodesk Product

We recently encountered a case where AutoCAD 2014  [standalone] is requesting to be activated after each launch of the software.

The issue has been solved by setting to both the "User" and the "Administrators" full permissions to the following: Registry keys:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER>SOFTWARE>AUTODESK
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>AUTODESK

Local drive directories:

  • C:\Users\All Users\Autodesk 
  • C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Autodesk
  • C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared (All license components)

Successful registration gets written to "C:\Users\All Users\Autodesk\ADLM".

If the User account doesn’t have full permissions, the writing of the XML registration won’t be cached in the ADLM folder.

Check if the XML file exists in C:\Users\All Users\Autodesk\ADLM.

NOTE:  On some cases we noticed that a re-image of the system was necessary as an undefined factor on the OS was causing the behavior.

Thank you to Alison Gangler for sharing the solution with the community.

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