no solutions yet - I'm just waiting around hoping someone will heroically pass by this forum and help us out
For teh record I tried the 32 bit installer but it wont run on a 64 bit computer... so other than that I'm out of ideas.
After you mentioned it might be a problem with a DLL I looked through my event log ... Lo and behold it looks like that is exactly what the problem is, The IDs change with each occurrence, but this following information is the same for every single time the error occurs:
Faulting application name: Inventor.exe
Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 6.3.9431.0
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Inventor 2014\Bin\Inventor.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
[ Qualifiers] 0
I tried re-downloading a new copy of KernalBase.dll to see if that would fix it, but to no avail, there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with the DLL itself (it is an uncorrupted stock copy fresh from Microsoft) but according to event viewer this is the DLL that Inventor doesn't like for some reason.
So anyway, problem still persists and advice from anyone, (maybe with general IT knowledge?) would certainly be appreciated.
It could be a .NET Framework issue then. Often times the version included in Windows 8 or installed with other apps is not the complete version. You might reinstall the full redistributable.
I attempted to install .NET 4.5 and got the following error message and it wouldn't let me continue.
Your installation will not occur.
1: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is already a part of this operating system. You do not need to install the .NET Framework 4.5 redistributable.
2: Same or higher version of .NET Framework 4.5 has already been installed on this computer.
I attempted to activate all of the built-in features of .NET framework 3 and 4, via the add/remove features settings.
however, upon doing this the installer crashed and told me to restart windows.
After restarting windows, my computer proptly BSOD'd and now my desktop is gigantic brick which won't respond to startup commands or that can be repaired with a windows disk...
It will probably be days before I recover anything, reinstall windows, and even think about getting back to this inventor issue... I know it had nothing to do with inventor or autodesk but I am at a level of frustration above and beyond what words can describe right now having lost all of my settings and looking at hours of reinstalling for all of the programs I had on the machine.
Good luck to everyone else and I guess the lesson learned here is backup everything on your PC before you attempt any serious troubleshooting