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How do I restore my Master Boot Record?

I have installed Autocad 2011 trial on my system and then I found out that Autocad Changes the MBR. (see here) Now I want to restore my MBR to before last time of installing autocad 2011 trial (in ...
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Professional graphics cards a "must" for rendering static environments?

I'm not sure if the title is clear but with more words what I want to say is: I'm building a PC for a decorator who's main work is to render photorealistic images of house interiors. For that she uses ...
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How to use program like Autocad of 32 bit work on computer having OS Windows 7 of 64 bit?

I purchased Dell note book and it came with Windows 7, 64 bit. Now when I try to install AUTOCAD 2008 version, which is in 32 bit, I am unable to run the software. I get message that you can't run ...
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What's a good, lightweight DWG viewer for Windows? [closed]

I'm looking for a light-weight AutoCAD DWG viewer. I don't want to install the 180MB TrueView just to open a DWG file every once in a long while...
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What's the difference between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT?

Want to play with AutoCAD for personal use. Which edition is suggested?
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How to simplify a polyline in AutoCAD?

I have a polyline (lines only) which has about 500 points in it. I would like to reduce the number of points in it. How can I do it in AutoCAD? (or may be some other application)? P.S. Polylines were ...
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Open source AutoCAD alternative for Linux? [closed]

Is there any good open source AutoCAD alternative that is used by (semi)-professionals or is AutoCAD the standard?
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How to Remove Autodesk 360 entry from File Explorer?

It works fine and I like that my work is synced to the cloud and available everywhere, but I hate that on my explorer windows there is a Autodesk 360 entry alongside my hardware, how do I remove that ...
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How to convert AutoCAD file to Visio?

How to convert .dwg format files in AutoCAD to Visio?
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Can the DXF file format/AutoCAD store custom attributes for primitives?

I am currently researching ways to draw primitives associated with data attributes. Thus I came across CAD and the DXF file format, but I am no CAD user, and the documentation I found so far is ...
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How to prevent files from opening on "Unauthorized" computers

I've researched around quite a bit, with no luck. What I need in a nutshell is a way to protect my company's intellectual property. Some AutoCAD drawings walked out the door with a disgruntled ...
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How can I install Autodesk programs on Windows Consumer Preview?

I've been using Autodesk's AutoCAD and other Autodesk programs on Windows 7 for quite some time. They're great programs, especially with them being free for education. So naturally I wanted to use ...
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Autocad startup LISP code broken after network reset

I have a network with a few different drives on it with AutoCAD installed on my local. I have a startup LISP routine for AutoCAD that loads a variety of other .lsp files, which are called by custom ...
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Free AutoCad file converter for ubuntu [closed]

I am looking for a free file converter which can convert my AutoCad (any format) file into SVG format, I found and tried 'LX-Viewer' but I don't know it has lots of set up settings, which is confused. ...
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How can you set up a default drawing directory in AutoCAD?

How can you set up a default drawing directory in AutoCAD? I am stuck with this.
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AHK (AutoHotKey) Concatenate strings and variable

I have this code for sending command to Autocad. It works OK. { GetAcad() ;Creates global variable ACAD where Application Object is stored CADdoc:= ACAD.activedocument Layer:= "0" CADdoc.SendCommand("...
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How can I give a 2D sketch a lateral wave?

Let me give an example on what I'm trying to mean. I have a 2D sketch on (say) XY plane. I want to give this feature a lateral wave on XZ plane. Here you can see I've sketched a sine curve on XY ...
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Cannot join on autocad student version

I have made a gear and I have arc and array. I should combine and join them to one line because I should extrude it after that. I've tried everything I can, but it says "0 objects joined, 2 objects ...
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How to fix AutoCAD/Word 2003?

I have a user who has a AutoCAD (2010) drawing in a Word (2003) document. Double clicking on the AutoCAD drawing in a Word doc, AutoCAD has the following error: A10 Drawing Recovery In your ...
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Convert dwg file into a high resolution bitmap

I'm trying to convert an autocad drawing into a bitmap, that has better resolution than a simple screen capture.
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Drawing perpendicular lines in between two paths

I am an architect working in ancient sites for architectural documentation. I am now trying to make an oldschool landscape drawing, which includes the height curves. (contour lines) So for that, I am ...
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Coreldraw importing from autocad incorrectly

Ok I have an odd issue. We use coreldraw to print to our laser cutter. (X3 usually but this happens in X5 as well). You can see the issue in the photos below. In autocad the squares are equidistant ...
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Converting a DWG/DXF to CSV or Excel

I'm using ZWcad and i need to get the coordinates of hundreds of blocks into a excel sheet or .CSV file so i can import that into the GPS hardware. I know there are plenty of tools for autocad, i ...
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CAD workstation draws ~200 WATTS but constantly crashes with a 750 WATT PSU. It is stable with a 1000 WATT PSU. Why?

I have a CAD rendering workstation that barely ever draws more than 200 WATT (and then only when under extreme CPU load from doing multiple simultaneous CAD renders), but it frequently crashes when ...
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Flexnet License Server works on old VM but not new one

We use AutoCAD 2011 with the FlexNet License Server. The License Server is a Windows Server 2012R2 VM running on Hyper-V. We are migrating our VMs from Microsoft Hyper-V to another hypervisor, ...
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AutoCAD Command -DWGUNITS missing prompts

I have many custom AutoLISP commands that have been used for years within our company with no issues, until this morning. We have an AutoLISP that runs the following: (command "-dwgunits" 3 2 4 "no" ...
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Copy Autocad drawings in Office 2013

I'm trying to copy and paste an Autocad 2016 drawing into MS Publisher 2013. When I paste the drawing into Publisher (or Word too) it is rendered in a very low quality. While with Publisher 2007 i don'...
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How to anonymize DWG documents in AutoCAD?

Sometimes, when sending DWG document, you need to do so anonymously. When answering a call for bids, e.g. However, AutoCAD automatically save a “last-saved-by” metadata field, which contains the ...
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Find bad shortcut files in windows

I need to be able to find all the shortcut files on a shared network drive and get rid of any bad ones. I would prefer a basic windows search that I can look over manually and choose which ones to ...
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Preview of AutoCAD files within windows explorer

I have AutoCAD 2004 and Mechanical 2004 installed on my computer. We have an SVN setup where we have all our files located. The problem is that when i open a specific folder where it have couple ...
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Rename autocad in open with list

I use a Autocad civil 3d 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Depending on the project I am working on I would want to open a drawing in a specific version. The "open with" drop down calls them all autocad ...
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Parallels or Bootcamp For Running AutoCad?

I have a client who just recently switched to a Mac and wants to run all of his old Windows programs within the Mac. I'm not familiar enough with Mac to know but I would assume this would be handled ...
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adding libs ONCE for lifetime in autocad 2012

I am using Autocad 2012. I need to upload libs everytime when I open the Autocad. Is there any way how to avoid this and load libs file by-default when Autocad 2012 is opened? Please let me know what ...
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Create extension till model plan and not till layout in Autocad

I am using Autocad 2012, there is model and layout. I want to create extension till model plan only but not till layout plan. Any idea how to do that? Also any link where I can get drawhatch11.vlx ...
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Cannot run AutoCAD 2008 32-bit on Windows 7 64-bit

I purchased a Dell notebook and it came with Windows 7 64-bit installed. Now when I try to install AutoCAD 2008 which is 32-bit, I am unable to do so. I get an error message stating I can't run a 32-...
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Running XP programs in Windows 7

I am buying a new computer with Windows 7 Professional installed. I need to install XP on the virtual drive because I am running a program (AutoCAD) that I do not have the funds at this time to ...
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A font like RomanS in appearance but with support for more characters (Autocad)? [closed]

In a Autocad 2010 installation, the standard font used is RomanS. That font is so limited on characters, so when I use "text" command I cannot add "³" on text of cubic meters measures (a "?" is ...
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How to extract license information from AutoCAD?

I currently have a licensed copy of AutoCAD LT 2008 on my machine, but in a recent clearout the product CD (with the serial number on it) was thrown out. What is the best way to recover this serial? ...
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How to embed a PNG with transparent background in AutoCAD?

I would like to add a logo to AutoCAD. This logo is a PNG with transparent background. If I attached the file, it keeps the transparent background, but I need to keep the png file because it is an ...
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Installation incomplete of AutoCAD 2020

I am trying to install AutoCAD 2020 with educational license. Every time I get this error screen: I tried to follow the How do I fix this? link, but it didn't help. Any one have any ideas about this ...
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Autocad opens empty file, although there are files in it

I was working on a file yesterday for more than 8 hours, then save it and close it. Now I double-clicked it and it opened a new file to me, but I can see, that in the file, there are still some things ...
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How to link Autocad objects in Autocad

I want to link one value to another such that if I change the value of A, the value of B also follows that value of A. That is, B = A, where '=' is an assignment operator.
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System requirements : Autocad vs Autocad LT

I don't know if LT means Lite version , but i want to know if Autocad LT 2016 , can run better in old PC with less CPU and memory requirements than the Full version of Autocad ? Actually in the ...
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Remove the layer information from Adobe PDF

I make lots of drawings in AutoCAD and convert them to PDF and pass it on to the client. What I do not want the client to see in the drawings, is the different layer information that PDF is ...
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Excel - Copy cells without formatting / style data

I'm trying to copy a range of cells from an Excel 2010 spreadsheet and paste them into a table in AutoCAD LT 2016. My problem is Excel applies formatting information to each of the cells. AutoCAD uses ...
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Is there a License Manager?

I work at an architectural firm, and our users use a lot of Adobe products or AutoCAD products. We deploy most software through SCCM, and we have a finite amount of licenses to use. We need to ...
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How do I fix an issue with AutoCAD not recognizing commands?

I'm currently experiencing a problem with AutoCAD where it won't recognize certain commands. For example, when I try to use the "Line" command, nothing happens when I type it into the ...
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Run batch file in over 100 subfolders of a parent directory

I have to specify that am literally 3 days into scripting and batching. I have a hard time understanding many functions and there variations. The batch script below should allow me to export .shp ...
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passing system variable inside another variable

My issue: I need to copy specific icons to user desktops that point to various engrg resources. These icons update somewhat regularly. My initial batch file was simply using robocopy to do this, and ...
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Integrated graphics only or integrated + dedicated

Consider the following setup: A machine with a processor (plus integrated graphics) and another machine with the same processor and integrated graphics but aditionally a dedicated graphics card which ...
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