i tried to install autocad 2012 on win 8 dev preview
it won't get past the setup screen i can't even click on install products without it crashing
I decided to give it a try today. At first I ran into a lot of the usual suspects. But eventually, I was able to get AutoCAD 2012 up and running on the latest Windows 8 build 8250.
I copied the contents of the AutoCAD disc to the HDD. Then I modified the setup.ini file and removed all instances of DOTNET from the prerequisites. Windows 8 already has .NET 4 preloaded into the OS, so the installer will fail if this step is not done. Once I saved the setup.ini file, I changed the properties of setup.exe to run in Windows 7 Compatibility mode and to Run as Administrator. The installer went on without a hitch.
I launched the product (also Win7 compatibility) and was able to pull a network license from my license manager after my trusty IPv6 technique.
Edit: On a side note, I installed LMTOOLS 11.10 but the licensing for adskflex.exe did not work. I went back down to adskflex.exe 11.7 and it fired off. Seems that the latest 11.9 adskflex.exe has the same connectivity issues on Windows 8 as Server 2008 R2. Stands to reason...
Thanks for the tips: I will download Win8 CP this evening, install it on my Slate and give it all a good try out.
If anyone else is wondering about Win8, these help a lot:
Agreed. I've only found a few minor complaints so far with this preview release. The missing Start menu had me worried at first until I realized that I never use the Start menu now anyway. Might be an adjustment for my users though. Doesn't seem to be a way to enable it either like in previous beta releases. The other thing I don't like is the missing setting for managing wifi connections. They've even changed it enough that the export wifi to USB no longer works to import previous settings. There's also some difference in how it is resolving DNS because I was having problems with the hosts file and making it recognize changes to the file.
Clearly this OS was designed to be on a tablet or a device that at least has touch screen or pen input. I see no reason to upgrade to Win8 over Win7 unless this functionality is important to you. Also doesn't seem that the app store (currently free) has Angry Birds yet.
From an IT stand-point, there doesn't seem to be a lot of change on commands, MMC, the run box, and all the other shortcuts and tricks. It's not ready for prime time yet. But AutoCAD works on it. Ha!
I am not brave enough to put a beta server on my enterprise. hahaha! It might turn my infrastructure into clouds!
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