Normally ask for minimum system requirements BUT this time I need your help and opinions on maximum system requirements for the older 2000 version.
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Well the following are the recommended for LT 2004, so I would go no higher than the following
I'd like to point out the obvious -- use a 32 bit system, or an emulator. And those systems only go 3 or 4 Gbs max.
Not real sure about what you mean about 3 or 4 GB's?
However you helped a lot by pointing that AutoCad 2000 is 32 bit. So I am thinking of trying Windows 7 Professional in 32 bit mode with a new computer. Just using average hardware with current processor, harddrive, Memory, video, etc.. Am I on the right track?
Can I ask why you need 2000? A lot has changed in the last decade and a half, and if you're buying a new computer anyway, why not get software designed for it?
Tell him it's not possible. :-)
Seriously, if he's actually concerned about the content of the files, opening old DWGs in newer versions has NEVER been a problem. There will be some time & effort expended in learning new features (and how the old ones work now), but probably less than you'd spend trying to baby the old software.
I'd agree. And the new stuff will work on a Windows 7 machine with 64 bit system, so you can have lots more memory. 32 bit systems have a memory "ceiling" of about 3.2 Gb.
I'd also like to point out that there were big changes in 2008 bringing tons of advantages to viewports and to dimensioning, to name a few. The really big change was the addition of annotaion objects that year. All of these can increase productivity immensely. The latest verisons have all of this and the Ribbon!
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