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For the advanced IT professionals that use AutoCAD, you may find this URL helpful:

The typical workflow is to run the 3DConfig command in AutoCAD and click on Check for Updates button.  This can be a bit tricky if there a lot of AutoCAD licenses/users at a site.


Just download the .xml file in a central location and copy it to the following folder on the client computers:

Microsoft XP
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\<product name>\Rxxx\<language code>\PTXML\AdskHwCertificationDatabase.xml

Microsoft Vista/Windows 7
C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\<product name>\Rxxx\<language code>\AdskHwCertificationDatabase.xml

You can also use this TS as reference and make sure that this file has read/write privileges.

Thanks to the AutoCAD & Development team for this tip.


If you manually replace this file and you run a Service Pack Update, you may get a 1328 error.   This error can be ignored.  When you run a Service Pack Update, it is also updating the adskhwcertificationdatabase.xml file.  The error happens because the Service Pack update is looking for an older version of the adskhwcertificationdatabase.xml file from an non-updated base  AutoCAD.  Just use the existing adskhwcertificationdatabase.xml file from the noted URL.

Thanks to Hashim Mundol for this tip.

In some instances, the .xml file maybe located in:  %allusersprofile%\AutodeskRendering\PTXML.   If you are unsure, you can always search for the file in the C:\ProgramData or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users folder.

Thanks to Nathan Tobin for this tip.


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