Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista Compatibility

Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista Support for Autodesk Products

Windows 7-Compatible Products

Most Autodesk 2012, 2011 and 2010 products are compatible with the Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system. See the list of products that have been tested and are confirmed as working correctly on Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system. Autodesk Product Support will provide its best effort to assist customers who have issues with products that have not been tested.

Search the support Knowledge Base for more detailed information on Windows 7 support, including system requirements, for a particular Autodesk product.

2009-2012 Vista-Compatible Products

Autodesk supports most 2009-2012 products on the Microsoft® Windows Vista® operating system.

2008 Vista-Compatible Products

Autodesk first introduced Microsoft Vista support with the release of the 2008 product line for the following products:

Search the support Knowledge Base for more detailed information on Vista support with a particular Autodesk product.

AutoCAD

Because both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of AutoCAD® 2008 are compatible with Windows Vista, AutoCAD 2008 users will have the same experience whether you choose to stay with your Windows XP OS or adopt Windows Vista. All product features, workflows, and implementation processes are identical.

However, AutoCAD 2008 does take advantage of some new Vista capabilities. Specifically, Windows Vista offers thumbnail previews for DWG™ and DWF™ files in Windows Explorer; displays AutoCAD properties in the detail tab of Windows Explorer; and provides search tools that look for text strings in the drawing properties, text, and MTEXT of DWG files. In addition, running AutoCAD 2008 64-bit on Windows Vista can speed your work.

AutoCAD 2008 also delivers exceptional graphics performance because it uses Direct3D®, Microsoft’s graphics API. In contrast, CAD software from other providers, particularly those that rely on the OpenGL graphics API may experience graphics degradation when run on Windows Vista.

AutoCAD 2007 software users can download AutoCAD 2007 Service Pack 2 to run AutoCAD 2007 on Windows Vista.

AutoCAD Architecture

AutoCAD® Architecture 2008 is compatible with Windows Vista and runs on the 32-bit Vista OS or as a 32-bit application on a 64-bit Windows Vista OS. Currently, there is no native 64-bit AutoCAD Architecture application. Previous versions of AutoCAD Architecture are not Windows Vista compatible. 

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 users should experience the same high performance running on Windows XP or Windows Vista. Benchmark testing shows no degradation or enhancement to performance on Windows Vista. All workflows, features, and functionality of AutoCAD Architecture 2008 are the same whether you run the software on Windows XP or Windows Vista.

However, AutoCAD Architecture 2008 does take advantage of some new Vista capabilities. Specifically, Windows Vista offers thumbnail previews for DWG and DWF files in Windows Explorer; displays AutoCAD Architecture properties in the detail tab of Windows Explorer; and provides search tools that look for text strings in the drawing properties, text, and MTEXT of DWG files.

AutoCAD Civil 3D

Autodesk is committed to supporting AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2008 customers, whether you decide to run your software on Windows XP or migrate to Windows Vista. Autodesk Civil 3D 2008 was developed to run on 32-bit systems, including Windows Vista, but is not be able to take advantage of the Windows Vista 64-bit OS at this time. Although AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 is fully compatible with Windows Vista, previous versions are not. 

We have found that the performance of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 undergoes some changes when run on Windows Vista. Benchmark testing shows that although some processes perform the same when run on Windows Vista and Windows XP, some are slower on Windows Vista. We have found that the more RAM a system has, the less perceptible the slowdown. Conversely, processes leveraging the .NET framework, such as corridor processing, are up to 10 times faster on Windows Vista.

All workflows, features, and functionality of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 are the same, whether you run the software on Windows XP or Windows Vista. However, some visual aspects may change slightly. For example, the dialog boxes fade in and out on Windows Vista.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 does take advantage of some new Vista capabilities. Specifically, Windows Vista offers thumbnail previews for DWG and DWF files in Windows Explorer; displays AutoCAD Civil 3D properties in the detail tab of Windows Explorer; and provides search tools that look for text strings in the drawing properties, text, and MTEXT of DWG files.

Windows Vista does not support either Civil 3D® 2006 or Civil 3D® 2007.

AutoCAD Electrical

AutoCAD® Electrical 2008 is Windows Vista compatible. Whether you choose to stay with your Windows XP OS or adopt Windows Vista, you will have the same experience. Autodesk’s benchmark testing shows neither a degradation nor enhancement of performance when AutoCAD Electrical 2008 is run on Windows Vista versus Windows XP—and all workflows, features, and functionality of AutoCAD Electrical 2008 are the same.

However, AutoCAD Electrical 2008 does take advantage of some new Vista capabilities. Specifically, Windows Vista offers thumbnail previews for DWG and DWF files in Windows Explorer; displays AutoCAD Electrical properties in the detail tab of Windows Explorer; and provides search tools that look for text strings in the drawing properties, text, and MTEXT of DWG files.

AutoCAD Electrical 2007 software users can download AutoCAD Electrical 2007 Service Pack 2 to run AutoCAD Electrical 2007 on Windows Vista. Versions of AutoCAD Electrical earlier than 2007 are not Vista compatible.

AutoCAD LT

Customers with the 32-bit version of AutoCAD LT® 2008 can upgrade to Windows Vista assured that you will have the same experience on Windows Vista that you did on Windows XP. All product features, workflows, and implementation process are the same—whether you run AutoCAD LT 2008 32-bit on Windows Vista or Windows XP.

AutoCAD LT 2008 32-bit does take advantage of some new Vista capabilities. Specifically, Windows Vista offers thumbnail previews for DWG and DWF files in Windows Explorer; displays AutoCAD LT properties in the detail tab of Windows Explorer; and provides search tools that look for text strings in the drawing properties, text, and MTEXT of DWG files.

In addition, AutoCAD LT 2008 delivers exceptional graphics performance because it uses Direct3D, Microsoft’s graphics API. In contrast, CAD software from other providers, particularly those that rely on the OpenGL graphics API, may experience graphics degradation when run on Windows Vista.

Download AutoCAD LT 2007 Service Pack 2 to run AutoCAD LT 2007 on Windows Vista.

AutoCAD Map 3D

Because Autodesk is committed to supporting AutoCAD® Map 3D customers, AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 users will enjoy the same experience, whether you deploy it on Windows Vista or Windows XP. However, Autodesk Map 3D 2008 was developed to run on 32-bit systems, including Windows Vista, but will not be able to take advantage of the Windows Vista 64-bit OS at this time. Previous versions of Autodesk Map 3D are not Windows Vista compatible.

Autodesk’s benchmark testing shows neither degradation nor enhancement of performance when AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 is run on Windows Vista. All workflows, features, and functionality of AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 are the same whether you run the software on Windows XP or Windows Vista.

However, AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 does take advantage of some new Vista capabilities. Specifically, Windows Vista offers thumbnail previews for DWG and DWF files in Windows Explorer; displays AutoCAD Map 3D properties in the detail tab of Windows Explorer; and provides search tools that look for text strings in the drawing properties, text, and MTEXT of DWG files.

AutoCAD Mechanical

Whether AutoCAD® Mechanical 2008 users choose to stay with their Windows XP OS or adopt Windows Vista, they will have the same experience.

AutoCAD Mechanical 2007 users can download AutoCAD Mechanical 2007 Service Pack 2 to run AutoCAD Electrical 2007 on Windows Vista. Versions of AutoCAD Mechanical earlier than 2007 are not Vista compatible.

If you do migrate to Windows Vista or purchase new hardware with the OS preinstalled, AutoCAD Mechanical 2008 will work the same way that it does on Windows XP, with the exception of certain security features incorporated into Windows Vista by Microsoft. For example, the user account control (UAC) in Vista will prevent non-administrator users from accessing certain portions of the Vista OS, such as the program files directory. Since the standard parts library used in AutoCAD Mechanical is saved into the program folder’s folder structure, one of the following options will need to be followed to customize the content:

  1. Login to the system as a system administrator to make changes to the library.
  2. Have an administrator grant the standard user permissions to the folder location required (c:\program files\autodesk\acadm).
  3. Copy the mechanical libraries from c:\program files\autodesk\acadm\gef\gbd to a folder on the system that is accessible by the user, such as My Documents. Then configure AutoCAD Mechanical to use this location by changing the default path in the database configuration file of the AM: Standard Parts tab of options to reflect the path of the copied data, or follow Step 4.
  4. Disable the UAC from the user accounts section of the control panel.

Get more information on the UAC in Vista.

According to Autodesk’s benchmark testing, you should expect neither performance degradation nor enhancement when you run AutoCAD Mechanical 2008 on Windows Vista. Other than those issues associated with the UAC, all workflows, features, and functionality of AutoCAD Mechanical 2008 are the same, whether you run the software on Windows XP or Windows Vista.

However, AutoCAD Mechanical 2008 does take advantage of some new Vista capabilities. Specifically, Windows Vista offers thumbnail previews for DWG and DWF files in Windows Explorer; displays AutoCAD Mechanical properties in the detail tab of Windows Explorer; and provides search tools that look for text strings in the drawing properties, text, and MTEXT of DWG files.

Autodesk 3ds Max

Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2008 software is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and the Microsoft DirectX® 10 platform. Whether you choose to deploy 3ds Max 2008 on Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will experience the same great performance and workflows.

With 64-bit, you can handle larger and more complex scenes and experience improved large model and data set performance. With 3ds Max 2008, you can start in either Direct3D or OpenGL modes. If you run the application in Direct3D model, you will experience additional performance improvements. For example, Direct3D optimizations improve interactivity with high-density geometry and complex scenes.

Autodesk Buzzsaw

Basic collaboration capabilities for companies running Windows Vista are available through the web-based Autodesk® Buzzsaw® client. However, the software client version of the Autodesk Buzzsaw 2007.3 is not Vista compatible. Users will receive notification of all Vista-related updates as they become available.

Autodesk Constructware

Although most Autodesk® Constructware® functionality is Windows Vista-compatible, the software is not yet completely Vista compliant. There have been compatibility problems with third-party file-viewing components. Users will receive notification of all Vista-related updates as they become available.

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk® Inventor® 2008 software is fully Windows Vista compliant. Whether you choose to run Autodesk Inventor on Windows XP or Windows Vista, you should experience the same great performance and workflows.

Autodesk Inventor 2008 users can download Autodesk Inventor 2008 Service Pack 1 to run AutoCAD Inventor 2008 on Windows Vista. Previous versions of Autodesk Inventor are not compatible with Windows Vista.

In addition to being Vista compatible, Autodesk Inventor 2008 provides full support for Microsoft Direct3D. Autodesk has adopted Direct3D technology to meet the needs of 3D applications, including Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk 3ds Max 9. Autodesk is committed to Direct3D because it provides the best technology platform for 3D CAD and for the creation of digital prototypes. While the alternative open, multiplatform OpenGL graphics standard has served the industry for many years, it is no longer the dominant player. It has been eclipsed by a combination of the advances in cost performance at the low end of the graphics market and Microsoft’s adoption of Direct3D as the standard graphics API on the Windows platform.

Direct3D offers many advantages. Hardware manufacturers must conform strictly to the Direct3D specification when they implement standard graphics features. Compliance with this specification is enforced through the Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) driver certification process. The rigorous test specification requires that graphics hardware and drivers demonstrate 100 percent implementation of the Direct3D specification. As a result, Direct3D-compliant graphics cards ensure a high-quality graphics experience, without the need for applications to include special profiles or case code. You thus receive increased stability and reliability.

For Autodesk Inventor customers, Direct3D lowers the cost of entry—so more users can adopt the Inventor application for their design, engineering, and manufacturing workflows—and allows existing users to leverage their previous investment in graphics cards.

With support for Direct3D introduced in Inventor 11, Autodesk had a full year of product experience with Direct3D before the release of Windows Vista. We have found that by leveraging Direct3D, Inventor implementation on Windows Vista shows some small but significant performance gains compared with Windows XP.

Finally, Autodesk has worked closely with the Microsoft Direct3D team to make sure that Direct3D is well designed for CAD applications. Direct3D 10, the latest release of Direct3D, is included with Windows Vista and offers a wide variety of powerful new features, many of which were driven by the needs of high-end CAD and visualization applications. Leveraging the Direct3D 10 next-generation platform, Autodesk will continue to build user interface enhancements that deliver accurate and compelling visual results.

See also: Known Issues with Inventor 2008 and Windows Vista.

Windows Vista does not support the following versions of Autodesk Inventor Series and Autodesk Inventor Professional:

  • Autodesk Inventor Series 11
  • Autodesk Inventor Series 10
  • Autodesk Inventor Series 9
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 11
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 10
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 9

Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise

Autodesk is committed to continually improving Autodesk MapGuide® Enterprise so that it remains one of the most flexible web-mapping platforms available. To that end, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 can run on either Linux or Windows Server platforms. The client components of Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 use web browsers that run on 32-bit systems, including Windows Vista, but will not be able to take advantage of the Windows Vista 64-bit OS at this time for the DWF-based ActiveX viewer. The AJAX viewer, however, will work on web browsers running on 64-bit operating systems.

Users of Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 should enjoy the same experience, whether deployed on Windows XP or Windows Vista. Autodesk’s benchmark testing shows neither a degradation nor enhancement of performance when Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 clients (AJAX and DWF) are run on Windows Vista.

Autodesk Maya

Autodesk® Maya® 2008 is compatible with Windows Vista Business, both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. See the complete list of operating systems supported by Maya 2008.

Autodesk Topobase

Autodesk is committed to supporting Autodesk® Topobase™ customers, whether you decide to run your software on Windows XP or migrate to Windows Vista. Autodesk Topobase 2008 was developed to run on 32-bit systems, including Windows Vista, but is not able to take advantage of the Windows Vista 64-bit OS at this time. Previous versions of Autodesk Topobase are not Windows Vista compatible.

Autodesk Topobase 2008 users will enjoy the same experience, whether deployed on Windows Vista or Windows XP. Autodesk’s benchmark testing shows neither a degradation nor enhancement of performance when Autodesk Topobase 2008 is run on Windows Vista. All workflows, features, and functionality of Autodesk Topobase 2008 should be the same whether you run the software on Windows XP or Windows Vista.