Appendix A. Installing and Configuring AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

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 DVD or CD-ROM into your DVD or CD-ROM 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 XP (Home or Professional) with Service Pack 2; Windows Vista (Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, or Home Premium) with Service Pack 1.

  • AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are also offered as 64-bit versions that are available for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition with Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista 64-bit with Service Pack 1.

  • Processor speed (32-bit) ...

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