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Run AutoCAD 12 on Windows 7 -64bit OS?

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I am trying to secure older AutoCAD software suitable for pennyless engineering student in Africa.
Earlier I provided him with a new ASUS portable computer with Windows 7 64-bit.  Would this machine be capable of running AutoCAD 12 which a has been offered me as a donation? What do I need to provide for AutoCad or ArchiCad software to work on his computer?
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by:Adam Leinss
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R12 is a 16-bit application, so no, it wouldn't work out of the box on x64.  You can try downloading Virtualbox (http://www.virtualbox.org/) and then installing Windows XP into Virtualbox, then install Autocad from there.
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by:MainerZ
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So, if I understand correctly, the 16 bit AutoCad will run in Windows XP which is 32-bit.  Correct?, but will not run in Windows 7 at least not the 64-bit version.  

Your suggestion of using Virtual Box + XP as an intermediary is very clever and would seem to be a workable solution.  Because Internet access is very expensive and time limited (1/2 hour per day) to students in East Africa, I'll have to download virtualbox here and put it on disk and find a copy of XP to load as well..

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What edition of Windows 7 is it?  If it's Pro or better, you can download XP mode (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx) that already has Windows XP built into the Virtual Machine, so you don't have to buy it.
It's around 500MB of download, so you would definitely want to download a copy, burn it and send it to them.
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