I have tried every installation method available and have come across the same problem each time. This includes install now, download now, and browser download. Each time during the instillation process I receive an error saying "Error 1317. An error occured while attempting to create the directory C:/Program Data/Windows/Start Menu". I have looked into that error code and not found a solution as of yet. I did create that directory manually and then attempted to install again and was still met with the same difficulties. I am currently logged into the administrator account while attempting this install (my first attempt to fix the issue) but this has clearly not alleviated the issue. Does anybody know of a fix for this? I suspect it is an issue with windows 8 security crap as other such issues have been encountered while trying to do other things and not a problem with AutoCAD f course. Any help would be appreciated.
P.S.. I am using the free software download section available to students to download Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical 2014 (English) 64-Bit
This sounds like a UAC issue; windows 8 has this horrible new User Access Control that prevents installation of all sorts of useful stuff.
Have you tried disabling UAC before running the installation?
I recall finding a way to turn it off temporarily through some special reboot procedure, but I've forgotten the steps. (Win 8 was such a nightmare I went back to 7.) I'm sure there are plenty of examples out there...
This Sounds like it may be a permissions issue related to that folder (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu). I found a solution posted on the microsoft forum. The product being installed is different but the error is the same so you might want to give that a look.
I have tried to reinstall using all availbilbe methods with virus protection turned off and with the UAC control turned all the way down (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/hyperyash/archive/2012/07/
Typically an administrator account should have permissions everywhere but in some cases folder permissions can get cleared out or corrupted and some manual action would need to be taken to add the default permissions back in.
Sorry for the late response, but non of the above solutions have yet to work. I have become quite tired of windows 8 and have decided to suck it up and purchase windows 7 so I can use my computer to its full potential again. Thank you to everybody for the help though.