How to install Autodesk software on a single computer

Jul 13, 2014


Step by step instructions for installing Autodesk software on a single computer.


To install Autodesk software on a single computer, follow the below steps or watch our video walkthroughs.

Note: The images shown may not match your product or version but the installation instructions apply to all current Autodesk products.

  1. Launch the Product Installer by double-clicking the .exe or .dmg file associated with your product and version.

    Locating Install Files

    Downloads: If you downloaded your software from Subscription Center, Autodesk Account, or another source, check the default download folder for your Web browser, your Desktop, Downloads folder, or the Autodesk folder: System > Autodesk > ProductName_Version_Language_OS as seen in the below image.

    See How to download or re-download software if you need to download your install files.

    USB or DVD: A folder containing install files should appear on your desktop after inserting the media.

    Windows file explorer window showing location of Autodesk AutoCAD install file

  1. Click Install.

    Note: You can change the Installer language by clicking the Installation Instructions drop down on the top right.

    Autodesk AutoCAD installer screen

  1. Read the License and Services Agreement for your Country or Region. Select I Accept and then click Next.

    Screen displaying the Autodesk software end user license agreement

  1. Select the license type you have purchased.  For installing on a single computer, select Stand-Alone.

    Learn more about Autodesk Licensing Options.

    AutoCAD install screen displaying license type options

  1. Enter your Serial number and Product key and then click Next.
    If you're installing a Free Product Trial (and don't have a serial number and product key), select I want to ty the product for 30 days and click Next.

    Image of AutoCAD installer screen with the serial number and product key filled in

  1. Select the install location and features to be installed. The default configuration pre-selects the components to be installed with your product. The Installation path indicates the location where your Autodesk product will be installed. 

    To proceed with the default configuration and location (recommended) click Install. 

    Note: If you customize the Installation path, make sure it does not exceed 260 characters or you will receive an error during installation.

    Image of AutoCAD installer showing install location and feature options

  1. Click Finish to close the installer. When the installation is finished you'll see a list of the products that have been installed on your computer.

    Image of the AutoCAD screen indicating successful installation

The installation process is now complete!  Learn how to Activate and Register Autodesk software.

Common Installation Errors

Errors can sometimes occur when installing any software.  Below are a few common errors and troubleshooting tips:

  • Error 1603 - Error 1603 is a generic error generated by the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) indicating that a problem occurred during the installation of your Autodesk product. This error is not specific to any particular Autodesk product, but tends to be specific to the system on which you are installing. See Error 1603 during installation of Autodesk software for more information.
  • Error 1305 - This error indicates the installer couldn't read a file during installation, usually when installing from a disc that is scratched or dirty.  If cleaning the disc doesn't help, copy the contents to a folder on your local hard drive and run the setup.exe file from that folder.


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