DRCAuto Software on Windows 7
How can I install my current version of DRCAuto Software
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to work with Windows 7 -32bit and 64bit – machines?
Attempting to install any of the DRCAuto programs under a Windows 64-bit Operating System will not succeed since there are separate registry ‘hives’ for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) applications. In this instance, the installer will not be able to detect the presence of AutoCAD.
For Windows 64-bit platforms, the solution is to install both AutoCAD and DRCAuto software under what is known as Windows XP Mode (also known as Virtual PC).
- Step 1 of 2 – Install Virtual PC (Windows XP Mode)
- Visit Microsoft Virtual PC Download Page
- Download and Install Windows XP Mode (Step 2)
- Download and Install Virtual PC (Step 3)
- Download and Install Windows XP Mode Update (Step 4)
- Start Windows XP Mode
- Set up Windows XP Mode (First Use)
- Install AutoCAD (Windows XP Mode Console)
- Install DRCAuto Software (Windows XP Mode Console)
- Run DRCAuto Software from Windows 7 (Windows XP Mode)
Step 1 of 2 – Install Virtual PC (Windows XP Mode)
Visit the Microsoft web page
to download and install Windows XP Mode (Virtual PC)
Note: Windows XP Mode runs only as 32-bit even on 64-bit Operating System.
Once you download and run the installer, it will show a Welcome dialog box. Click on Next
Next step is to select a installation folder. Leave it as C:\Program Files\Windows XP Mode and click on Next
The installation process will begin. Once it finishes, click on Next.
Click on Finish to exit Setup
Running the file will search for updates in the computer first.
Then it will prompt if you want to install Update for Windows (KB958559). Click on Yes.
Read the License Agreement, then click on I Accept.
The Update Installation will begin. Once if finishes, click Next.
Once the installation is complete, click Restart Now for the updates to take effect.
Running the executable file will first search for updates. Then it will ask if you want to install Update for Windows (KB977206). Click on Yes.
The installation process will begin, as shown below.
Once the installation is complete, click on Restart Now for the changes to take effect.
Step 2 of 2 – Install AutoCAD and DRCAuto Software
Go to Start, then type windows xp. From the result list, click on Windows XP Mode.
The first time you run Windows XP Mode, read and accept the License Agreement, then click on Next.
The next dialog box will ask for a Installation Folder, and username and password. Check ‘Remember Credentials’ to avoid typing the password everytime you execute Windows XP Mode.
The following configuration window will allow to set Automatic Updates On or Off, then click on Next.
On the next step you will confirm to share the drives on this computer. Click on Start Setup.
Windows XP Mode on its first use will launch a setup process as shown below.
Useful tips will be shown such as how to Install and Use Windows XP.
Once the configuration process is finished, Windows XP will appear in a new Window.
Having Windows XP opened in a window, proceed to install AutoCAD as usual manner following the on-screen instructions.
Use the Windows XP Mode Console (Window) to install the DRCAuto software following the instructions shown on the screen.
As a remainder, please make sure you have at least opened AutoCAD once so the registry entries are initialized.
Once you have completed the installation of AutoCAD and DRCAuto software, close the Windows XP Mode Console.
Go to the Start menu and type the DRCAuto product name. Once if appears on the screen, click on it and it will launch the program.
After a few seconds your AutoCAD with DRCAuto software will show on Windows 7, although it’s using Windows XP Mode.