Fix: AutoCad not Working in Windows 10

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If you’re planning to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 some of your applications might not work properly, and this is the case with AutoCAD. According to users, it seems that AutoCAD isn’t working with Windows 10, so let’s see if we can solve that.

There are various problems with AutoCAD, and we have compiled the list of most common problems:

  • AutoCAD not working after Windows 10 update – In many cases, AutoCAD might stop working after a major Windows update. This can be a big problem, and in order to fix it, you might have to uninstall the problematic update.
  • AutoCAD 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 not working in Windows 10 – It’s worth mentioning that problems with AutoCAD can appear in almost any version of AutoCAD. According to users, all versions of AutoCAD have problems with Windows 10.
  • AutoCAD not working in Windows 10 Application has stopped – This is a variation of this error, and sometimes you’ll get Application has stopped message when AutoCAD crashes. This is a common problem, and it can be fixed with one of our solutions.
  • AutoCAD not installing in Windows 10 – Due to various compatibility issues, many users reported that they aren’t able to install AutoCAD at all on Windows 10. This can be a big problem, but you should be able to fix it with one of our solutions.
  • AutoCAD not enough memory, space on disk – Sometimes this error message can appear while installing AutoCAD. This isn’t a serious error, and in most cases, you just need to free some space in order to install the application.
  • AutoCAD not responding, opening – Many users reported that AutoCAD isn’t opening or responding on their PC. This can be a big problem, but you can fix it by reinstalling the application.
  • AutoCAD file not opening – In some cases, you won’t be able to open AutoCAD files at all. This can be a problematic error, but you should be able to fix it with our solutions.
  • AutoCAD not loading, launching – Another common problem with AutoCAD is the inability to launch the application on Windows 10. According to users, the application won’t load at all.
  • AutoCAD keeps crashing, freezing – Many users reported that AutoCAD is constantly crashing or freezing on their PC. If this happens, be sure to reinstall the application and check if that solves the issue.

What to do if AutoCAD Doesn’t Work in Windows 10

  1. Reinstall AutoCAD
  2. Change the Registry settings
  3. Reset AutoCAD settings to default
  4. Disable User Account Control
  5. Disable or remove your antivirus software
  6. Try to install AutoCAD as administrator
  7. Run AutoCAD in compatibility mode
  8. Install the necessary VisualC++ Redistributables
  9. Install AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1
  10. Use the latest version of AutoCAD

Solution 1 – Reinstall AutoCAD

If you’ve just upgraded from Windows 8 or Windows 7 and you already have AutoCAD installed it might not work on Windows 10. The best solution, in this case, is to uninstall AutoCAD and install it again. Many users report that reinstalling AutoCAD fixed this issue, so make sure that you try reinstalling AutoCAD.


Solution 2 – Change the Registry settings

Many users report that they can’t install AutoCAD because the setup can’t find .NET Framework 4.5 installed. The strange part of this issue is that Windows 10 comes with .NET 4.6 Framework installed and it should work with all applications that require an older version of .NET Framework. Although this is an unusual problem, we can fix his by editing registry. We have to warn you that changing the registry can cause issues, so make sure you follow the instructions carefully.

  1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Search Bar.
    registry editor
  2. When the Registry Editor opens on the left side navigate to
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Client
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Client
  3. Find the key called Version. Find its value and remember it or write it down, because you’ll need it later.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Client version key
  4. Now right click the Client entry on the left side and choose Permissions.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Client
  5. Click the Advanced button.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Client permissions for client
  6. Find the Owner section on the top and next to the TrustedInstaller click Change link.
    change trusted users for Client
  7. In the Enter the object names to select field enter Administrators. Click on Check Names button. If everything is in order, click on OK.
    allow administrative permission for netframework client
  8. Click Apply and OK to save your settings.
    allow administrative permission for netframework client
  9. Now you can change the Value of the Version key in Registry Editor to 4.5.0. Click on OK to save changes.
    allow administrative permission for netframework client
  10. Without closing the Registry Editor run AutoCAD setup and install it.
  11. After the installation is completed in Registry Editor navigate to this path once again:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftNET Framework SetupNDPv4Client
  12. Find the Version key and set its value from 4.5.0 to its value from Step 3.

Solution 3 – Reset AutoCAD settings to default

If AutoCAD is not working properly in Windows 10, you might be able to solve the problem simply by resetting its settings to default. To do that, simply go to Autodesk directory on your PC and run AutoCAD LT 2013 – English. Alternatively, you can run this application simply by typing its name in the Start Menu. After resetting settings to default, the problem should be resolved and AutoCAD will start working again.


Solution 4 – Disable User Account Control

Sometimes you might not be able to install AutoCAD on Windows 10 at all. According to users, this can be caused by User Account Control, and in order to fix this problem, you need to disable it. User Account Control is a security feature that will inform you if you perform tasks that require administrator privileges. If AutoCAD is not working properly, or not even installing, you might want to try disabling User Account Control. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter user control. Select Change User Account Control settings.
    change UAC settings
  2. When User Account Control Settings window opens, move the slider all the way down to Never notify. Now click on OK to save changes.
    disable UAC

After doing that, most User Account Control notifications will be disabled. Now you just have to try to install AutoCAD again.


Solution 5 – Disable or remove your antivirus software

Your antivirus software is rather important, but sometimes antivirus can interfere with Windows and prevent certain apps from running or installing. If AutoCAD is not working, you might want to try disabling your antivirus software.

After you disable it, try to run or install AutoCAD again. If the issue still persists, you might have to uninstall your antivirus completely. To remove all files associated with your antivirus software, users are suggesting to use a dedicated removal tool. Many antivirus companies offer dedicated tools for their software, so be sure to download one for your antivirus.

Sometimes the removal tool of the antivirus might not remove registry entries or leftover files, and this is why it’s usually better to use a third-party uninstaller such as Ashampoo UninstallerIobit Advanced Uninstaller (free) or Revo Uninstaller.

After your antivirus is removed, try to run or install AutoCAD.


Solution 6 – Try to install AutoCAD as administrator

If AutoCAD is not working on your Windows 10 PC, you might want to try installing it as an administrator. According to users, they aren’t able to install AutoCAD at all and to fix this problem it’s advised to run the setup as an administrator.

By default, the setup files are usually extracted to C:\Autodesk directory, so make sure to navigate to that directory. Once you locate the setup file, right click it and choose Run as administrator from the menu.
run as administrator
After doing that, the setup will now start and you’ll be able to install AutoCAD without any issues. According to users, this solution works best after you disable User Account Control and your antivirus, so be sure to try that as well.


Solution 7 – Run AutoCAD in compatibility mode

According to users, if AutoCAD is not working, you might have to run it in Compatibility mode. This is a useful feature of Windows that allows you to run older software that might not be fully optimized for Windows 10. To run AutoCAD in compatibility mode, do the following:

  1. Right-click AutoCAD shortcut and choose Properties from the menu.
    open Properties
  2. When Properties window opens, navigate to Compatibility tab and check Run this program in compatibility mode for. Now select the desired version of Windows from the list. Lastly, click OK and Apply in order to save changes.
    compatibility options

After doing that, the application should start working again without any problems. Another way to fix the problems with compatibility is to use Compatibility troubleshooter. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click AutoCAD shortcut and choose the Troubleshoot compatibility option from the menu.
    troubleshoot compatibility
  2. Once the troubleshooting process is finished, click on Try recommended settings.
    apply recommended compatibility settings

After performing the troubleshooter, check if the issue still appears.


Solution 8 – Install the necessary VisualC++ Redistributables

Many applications require Visual C++ Redistributables in order to work, and AutoCAD is one of those applications. According to users, AutoCAD is not working on their PC, and to fix this problem you need to download and install the necessary Redistributables.

Visual C++ Redistributables are available for download from Microsoft’s website, so be sure to download them. Keep in mind that you might have to install older versions of Redistributables in order to get older versions of AutoCAD to work properly.

Few users claim that you have to disable your current .NET framework before you can install an older version. AutoCAD requires .NET Framework 4.5, but you won’t be able to install it as long as version 4.7is enabled. To fix this problem, you’ll need to disable version 4.7of .NET framework by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter windows features. Now select Turn Windows features on or off from the list of results.
    turn windows features on or off
  2. Windows Features window will now appear. Locate DotNet Framework 4.7 on the list and uncheck it. Now click on OK to save changes.
    disable netframework advanced services

After disabling DotNet Framework 4.7, you should be able to install the older version without any problems. After doing that, try to install AutoCAD again.


Solution 9 – Install AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack 1

If you’re having problems with AutoCAD 2016, you might be able to fix them simply by installing AutoCAD 2016 Service Pack. Users reported that AutoCAD is not working properly on Windows 10, and in order to fix any compatibility issues, it’s advised to install the latest Service Pack for AutoCAD. If you’re using AutoCAD 2016, you can download Service Pack 1 from Autodesk’s website. Once you install Service Pack 1, most problems with AutoCAD and Windows 10 will be resolved.


Solution 10 – Use the latest version of AutoCAD

Windows 10 is a relatively new operating system, and some older applications might not be fully compatible with it. According to Autodesk, AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD 2014 aren’t fully compatible with Windows 10. If you’re using these older versions, you might want to try running them in Compatibility mode and check if that solves the problem. If that doesn’t help, you might have to upgrade to a newer version of AutoCAD.


That’s about it, I hope at least one of these solutions helped you to solve the problem with AutoCard in Windows 10. If you have any questions, comment, or suggestions, just reach for the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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