Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista Compatibility

Questions & Answers

1. Which Autodesk products support Microsoft Windows 7?

Most Autodesk 2011 and 2010 products are compatible with the Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system. See the list of 2011 and 2010 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 with a particular Autodesk product.

2. What enhancements does Microsoft Windows 7 offer?

Windows 7 offers new functionality and features including full support for 64-bit computing, Windows search, and improved performance. Multitouch support is also a core capability of Windows 7.

3. Which Autodesk products support Microsoft Windows Vista?

Most Autodesk 2008-2012 versions of our products support Microsoft® Windows® Vista, with the exception of AutoCAD® Utility Design, Autodesk MapGuide® Enterprise, and Autodesk Streamline® software.

4. What about 2007 or previous products?

Service pack updates featuring 32-bit support for Windows Vista are available for AutoCAD® 2007 and AutoCAD LT® 2007. Outside of these efforts, Autodesk currently plans no retrofits for 2007 or later applications.

5. Why hasn’t Autodesk developed Vista retrofits for all of its other previous products?

Microsoft’s development of Vista represents a major change in the Windows OS. Given the level of modifications required for products to fully exploit the benefits of Vista—as well as the number of applications Autodesk offers—we felt it was most critical to focus our efforts on maximizing the quality of our 2008 and later products.

6. Does support for XP end with 2007 products?

No. Most Autodesk 2008 and later applications provide support for both XP and Vista.

7. Do Autodesk’s Vista offerings run on both 32- and 64-bit systems?

Most Autodesk 2009, 2010, and 2011 Vista-compatible products run on both 32- and 64-bit systems.

The 2008 versions of AutoCAD, Autodesk® Maya®, and Autodesk® 3ds Max® software are offered in native 64-bit forms to provide greater memory capacity. Other native Autodesk 32-bit products can run within 64-bit systems.