How to Install AutoCAD 2005 on Windows Vista

By Contributing Writer

AutoCAD is a software application for 2D and 3D drafting. Primarily used by architects and engineers, AutoCAD allows users to create blueprints, plans and drawings of structural buildings. Unfortunately, AutoCAD 2005 will not function on the Windows Vista platform because the Vista drivers will not support it. But after installation, you can to modify AutoCAD 2005 for compatibility with Windows Vista.

Step 1

Insert the AutoCAD 2005 CD to begin the installation process. Choose "Full Install," which will automatically install everything into your C drive.

Step 2

Click on the "Start/Windows" button and go to "Computer." Access your C drive and double-click "Program Files."

Step 3

Locate the AutoCAD 2005 folder and double-click on it.

Step 4

Find the "acad.exe" file and right-click on it. Select the compatibility tab and check "Run this program in compatibility for" and select "Windows XP."

Step 5

Select the privilege level as "Run this program as an administrator."

Tips & Warnings

  • After making the changes, there will be an initial message that prompts you to accept "AutoCAD UAC." Hit "run program" and AutoCAD will launch.