ok, im so so so close to having this run on Windows 7 64 bit (but maybe REALLY far too?) I copied all over from a windows XP install and added the 2 files that it needed, and then changed the sh31w32.dll to one being used for vista. I switched compatibility to Windows XP SP2 and it firs up, but within about 3 or 4 seconds it shuts down due to a "Smart Heap error" is it possible the dll above isnt compatible with Windows 7? thoughts?
Hope someone can make some us of this: R14 was working for me on 95,98, XP, Vista and now got it working on Windows 7 (for the last 10 minutes, at least). I lost my distribution disc years ago (Yes, I bought and paid for it ... it's probably in one of those boxes in the garage). When 2000 came out, I HATED it but I had no distrubution disc for R14 to go back to. So, with nothing else to do, I copied the program directory from the old machine to the new machine (this is maybe the 5th time now). Then run it (AutoCAD), when it fails, look for the missing file causing the failure (find it on old machine, copy it to new machine), run ACAD again, fails again, repeat. Ultimately R14 runs fine (after 2 or 3 missing dlls are found and copied over). Today, on Windows 7 ... after all that, it failed repeatedly on a heap error. I searched windows help for virtual memory, followed instructions for increasing virtural memory, ran ACAD again, failed. Krap. Searched here ... found the SH31W32.DLL that "Ed-S" posted for Vista ... thought what the heck ... can't hurt. I renamed the old one in the R14 directory and copied in the new one ... and (so far) R-14 works great. Thanks to all who contributed to this fix.
Thank you all for your help here. I'm up and going with Vista 64. I had to do a few things differently than posted here. I changed the sh31w32.dll file as directed. Had the same issues as rsteinheart 7/23/09, put heide3.dll from old computer into the windows/system32 as he directed, but with the gdifont3.hdi had to put it in windows/system for it to work. On the images, followed rayf1967, 10/09/08 with no sucess, tried cut and pasted and it worked, images up and running. Again I'm so grateful for this thread, would never have been able to do it alone!!
Okay, I have played around with this a bit. This is what I have found. I am running R.14 on 64 bit Vista. Vista WILL NOT allow a new install into 64 bit. So I had to take the program files from my old computer (running xp) - I also grabbed heidi3.dll, gdifont3.hdi from windows/system32. I got the pointer error thing and replaced the sh31w32.dll file with the 111kb file (listed somewhere above).
Most everything seemed to work until I needed to trace a map - I couldn't insert a an image. So I started looking into that and found that a whole series of on-demand load .arx files are not loading. If it is something that is only used once in a while, you can just use tools-load application - all the .arx files are in the autocad program directory. Another option is to create an acad.rx file that lists the arx files that you need. This will load the arx applications every time you load autocad. The problem with this is that it will use memory even when you don't need them. Another option would be to create a lisp to autoload the arx application whenever you use one of the commands.
The arx files are likely loaded by this section of the registry:
This is the list of commands that are 'lost' (followed by the arx file with path needed to restore):
yup!! it is possible to run R14 to windows vista, in fact i made it running in my own laptop with, just follw these steps
1. find sh31w32.dll file in r14 forder
2. rename it or take backup
3. replace sh31w32.dll files that works with vista
4. then try to run your program to see if it is now running..