For some unknown reason the target file attached to the AutoCAD 2013 shortcut has been changed to Autocad Mechanical 2013
How do I fix that?
Can you simply create a new Shortcut?
Go to Start>Autodesk>AutoCAD Mechanical>Run as AutoCAD and right click drag and copy a new icon to the desktop.
If this doesn't work - post back for more detailed instructions to fix the problem.
When you look in your start choose
Autodesk Mechanical 2013
Then you should see Autodesk 2013 English (or somethinhg like it)
AND Auotodesk Mechanical 2013
Create your shortcut using the first one & it should work.
i had to redo some of my shortcuts with a new laptop & that worked for me.
If you don't have a shortcut in your Start, Programs, etc. that you can copy to your desktop, it's a simple matter to create your own. Right-click an open area of the desktop and select New, then Shortcut. When prompted for the target, browse to "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\<your product>\acad.exe". Give the shortcut a name that reminds you it is for launching "plain" AutoCAD (not "Mechanical").
After using this shortcut to launch the product, you will have to change from the Mechanical profile to a "vanilla" profile via Tools, Options, Profiles tab. There should be one available named "<<Vanilla>>. If there isn't, then you can force AutoCAD to create one by temporarily modifying your new desktop shortcut (or create another one). Add the /p startup switch and the name of a (non-existent) profile you would like it to use at startup. (If the profile doesn't exist, AutoCAD will create it using its default settings.) So the target in the shortcut would read: "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\<your product>\acad.exe" /p MyProfile. (Note that the quotes enclose the path/filename but not the switch.) If you modified your shortcut, be sure to edit it back after using it that one time.
By launching AutoCAD with your custom desktop shortcut (without the /p switch) or by double-clicking a DWG file, AutoCAD will (should) always come up with the profile that was current the last time it was closed.
Correction: AutoCAD is not really a "subset" of AutoCAD Mechanical. Mechanical is basically AutoCAD (same "engine") with a special profile that loads all sorts of fun Mechanical stuff. (But I think you get the jist of it.)
Based on your first post (as well as what you wrote as the subject), I got the impression you had been running AutoCAD 2013 as "vanilla" (or at least "non-Mechanical") AutoCAD since you installed Product Design Suite 2013 Premium. Is this true?
AutoCAD "normally" installs the acad.exe in the path I indicated in my last post. If you cannot browse to that folder (or something similar under C:\Program Files), then I am inclined to conclude that you don't have sufficient privileges on your computer, or you at least don't have Windows set up to show all files and folders. Is there someone in your office who manages your computer and would be able to help you with this?
Your question prompted my memory to think back and realize I had added AGM as a profile rather than vanilla. As for other users, I am it. I work out of my home office as a one person company and have been using AutoCAD since release 10 and all in 3D solids.
This transition is from 2008 to 2013 so i have a strong notion that what I should be working with is AutoCAD 2012 not Mechanical 2013.
I also just fired up a Lenovo S30 workstation with lots of good hardware rnning Windows 7 so that complicates things since I am learning a new operating system as well as a much newer version of AutoCAD.
Would it be an unreasonable request to ask you to link to my machine via TeamViewer as I suspect that 15 minutes of your time on my nickle would get me to the pont where I could focus on learning to use the software rather than the non-productive housekeeping stuff?? I would need your phone number.
As before, I really appreciate your stepping in to help.
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