Appendix A. Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT


  • Installing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

  • Configuring workspaces

  • Creating multiple and customized configurations

  • Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT with the Options dialog box

  • Configuring a plotter

Installing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, once something to avoid as long as possible, is now a breeze. For all practical purposes, all that you need to do is to put the CD-ROM or DVD into your CD-ROM or DVD drive and follow the instructions. Nevertheless, I provide some helpful tips and comments in this appendix. As with all software that comes with an installation program, you should close all other applications before starting, including antivirus software.

In this appendix, I also cover many ways to configure AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT so that these programs function best for your circumstances.

Installing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

The installation process involves some preparation, the actual installation, and finally authorization.

Preparing to install

Before you install, make sure that your system meets the minimum, and preferably the recommended, requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows 2000 SP4; Windows XP (Home, Professional, or Tablet PC), with 2 (Service Pack); Windows Vista (Home Basic, Enterprise, Business, Home Premium, or Ultimate).


    AutoCAD 2008 also offers a 64-bit version that is available for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and for Windows Vista.

  • Processor speed: III, IV or better, 800 MHz minimum, but I would recommend ...

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