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Monday, October 31, 2011

Revit Architecture Services & Support - How to prepare your system before installing Autodesk software

Just like preparing for major surgery.  



Scenario

You have just purchased an Autodesk software license and want to install and use your product to imagine, design and create a better world.

Solution

Installing your Autodesk software consists of the three main steps shown in the diagram below.  This guide will take you through the first step of Preparing your system before beginning the installation process.

Although the images show AutoCAD 2012 as an example, the concepts and procedures apply to all Autodesk 2012 products.

Before you begin your installation, it is important that you first prepare your system. Preparing your system is essential to a smooth and successful installation of your Autodesk product and consists of five simple tasks.  Click on the tasks below for further explanation.

Check System Requirements

Before purchasing an Autodesk software license you should always confirm that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for that product.  This includes minimum RAM, minimum free disk space and supported operating systems.  You can check the system requirements for all Autodesk products by visiting Autodesk System Requirements Services & Support.


Get Administrator Permissions

The next step in preparing your system for installation is to confirm that you have administrative rights on your computer.  You can check this for most Windows systems by clicking Manage User Accounts from the User Accounts file in Control Panel. If you have any questions about this you should contact your system administrator.


Install System Updates and Exit Applications

Install all system updates and restart your computer so your installation is not interrupted by any automatic operating system update notifications. Also, make sure to exit all applications that may be running on your system. Some applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, can interfere with the installation process so it is a good idea to close all other running applications.


Download Software or Insert Media

To launch the main installation screen, you must first download your software (for digital products) or insert the physical media you received (for boxed products) into your computer and then click on the Autodesk setup executable file.

  • The executable file will have the extension ".exe" and will usually include the Autodesk product name and version in the title.
  • Physical media may come on a DVD/CD or a USB drive. Simply insert this into your computer and click on the executable file mentioned above.


Review Documentation

Once you have launched the Autodesk product installer (by clicking on the executable file mentioned above), you should review the documentation links found on the bottom left corner of the main installation screen.

  • Installation Help will take you to a page listing several support resources including installation types, licensing guides and links to popular troubleshooting pages for the Autodesk products you're installing.
  • System Requirements will take you to the Autodesk System Requirements Services & Support page mentioned above.
  • The Readme file contains information relating to installation as well as late-breaking information may not have made it into the final documentation.


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