Possibly Ebay might have some older returned on lease workstations, either Dell or HP machines. Not only as JD stated you may have problems getting a new activation number, but I doubt anyone has any of the SP's for that old of Inventor.
Thanks JD & Blair, I've got the key no., so hopefully I'll be ok on that, but are you saying that even if I can install XP on a 64-bit computer, or dual-boot XP on a Win. 7 machine, it won't run Inv7? Also, what are SP's, do you mean service packs? If so, some-one did send me one, and maybe there's somebody on here that might be able to dig some up once I get up & runng again!
Thanks JD & Blair, I've got the key no.,
That doesn't necessarily mean that you will be able to activate the license.
The process is
You need Product Code and Serial Number (2 codes, serial number unique)
Based on these codes YOUR COMPUTER (different for each computer) creates an Activation Request Code.
Autodesk sends back an Activation Code (unique to that serial number and computer).
So you see, there are 4 codes involved in the process of activation.
Wonderful, so I definitely need to know if it'll run on a 64-bit proccessor machine because there's no point in wasting even a small amount on an old PC if I could be left with something that doesn't run Inv7 and is too old to run anything more modern...
Inventor 8 is only 32bit software and won't install on a 64 bit machine. With the year and version of software you have you are stuck with XP-32bit.
As JD posted, you have a serial number and key supplied by Autodesk for your software. When you install it, a request code is generated. This is specific to each machine, this code is then sent to Autodesk you then sends you the proper Activation Code.
You software is approximate 9 years and releases old. I would contact Autodesk and see if they still will issue Activation Codes prior to purchasing any hardware.
it should work fine on a 64bit pc - just it might need a 32bit version of Windows...
just a clarification that the physical hardware can be 64bit but the operating system will dictate whether it runs at 64 or 32bit (and thus what software can be installed and used).
just thought I'd mention in case "64bit machine" caused confusion and cause the search for old 32bit processors...
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