I've recently purchased AutoCad LT 2013 and I am ready to install it on my Windows 7 machine. I currently have a 2012 Academic version installed on the same machine. I am looking for advice on whether I should uninstall the academic version prior to installing the new LT version or if I can install the new version and leave the academic version on the machine. Thanks in advance for any help and advice.
It's best not to mix the two at all because the educational version files cannot be used for commercial use. Anything that you open in the commercial version will be watermarked and potentially affect all of your other files as well. Avoid this scenario at all costs. Either install to a different machine or remove the educational version.
Do you still need the EDU version of 2012? If yes, you can install LT2013 right next to it and keep both if you are authorized to have both of course (being a student/academic plus wanting to do private work on the side).
Just remember: the EDU watermark that is embedded in all the DWG files you created with the EDU version remains in the files: it does not magically disappear because you open these files in a commercially licensed version of AutoCAD. Same goes for content you copy/paste or WBLOCK or XREF from those EDU watermarked files: content created with EDU software must not be used for commercial gain, that's the agreement you signed back in the day with the EDU license.
Pendean, Thanks. That answers my question. FYI, I have 2012 Adademic so I cannot update the serial number through ABOUT. I was just concerned that installing both on the same machine would or could cause confusion in the registry files.
BTW, I am aware of the pitfalls of opening files created in Academic from Full Commercial.
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