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Does AutoDesk 2004 Inventor Work with Windows 7 64 bit?

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I recently upgraded one of my users from XP sp3 to Windows 7 sp1.  One of the Cad apps he uses is Autodesk inventor 2004.  When I run the install I get 20+ write errors to the registry that pertain to shock player.  He is running the latest version of Flashplayer but that isnt providing the registry entries needed for Inventor 2004 to install.  Now what is weird is another Engineer running Windows 7 install Autocad Inventor 2004 with no issues and the app works just fine.  Any ideas here?  Is there a replacement for shockwave?

Note: Mechanical Desktop installed just fine.  
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by:silverkorn
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Unfortunately Autodesk does not support any of their software from 2009 and earlier to run on Windows 7 64bit.

you can try and install the shockwave player and see if that helps:
http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/

if all else fails you can use this tool to clean the registry and try a full reinstall:
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=3318900&linkID=9242019

and if all that still fails your only option left would be to install the software using Windows 7 Windows XP Mode, as long as you have windows 7 professional or ultimate
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by:mcrouch1
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I installed windows virtual pc and windows xp mode and I still get the same error message.  Shockwave player object or something to that effect.  There are probably 20 or so different registry keys that do not exist or the software cant write to.
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did you try installing the shockwave player?
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by:mcrouch1
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yes I installed shockwave player on the VM and still get the error.  I am about to start all over and try again.
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are you installing the software with admin rights? can you post a screen shot of one of the error messages?
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by:mcrouch1
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Yes I am right clicking the exe and running as Administrator.  Here are 4 SS of various errors I am seeing.  This is in XP Mode SP3 Doc1.docx
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No flash players are installed on my XP mode.  Same errors still exists.
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by:silverkorn
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make sure you have permission to change the registry value:
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=7201635&linkID=9242018
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I enabled inherited rights for each directory in the registry and gave Administrator Full Control.  No change.  

To throw another twist into this I have an XP sp3 machine that is fully patched and I get the exact same errors even on it.  So my thinking is Auto Desk 2004 was not even compatible with Windows XP SP3.  Do you know anyone that has ever installed series 7 on XP SP3?
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by:silverkorn
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check the permissions on those registry keys specifically, even if inherit permissions is selected sometimes it does not pass down for some reason. i know it can be a royal pain to do this but check the first key permission to see if it has actually inherited the permissions from its' parent key.
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XP Mode Install - On every registry entry the installed stopped on I added the everyone group and gave full permission.  This allowed the install to complete without error and it works great.  Now my problem is Mechanical Desktop will not even attempt to install from Disc 2.  It comes up with gibberish when the installer launches.  When I say gibberish I mean boxes, circles, squares etc...

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit - I tried the same method on the W7 registry and Inventor actually installed without any errors.  However when I launch the app a box pops up and says " License Could Not Be Obtained. Please Contract Your Dealer"  Mechanical Desktop actually works fine on the W7 OS.  

So I have 2 paths and not sure which one to pursue.  
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by:silverkorn
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i would continue with the install in Windows 7. did you go through the process of authorizing the software within Inventor?
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Its a single user install and yes I entered the SN at the beginning of the install.  Install was flawless after permissions issued to registry keys.  The app will not launch at all.  After the "License" message appears the app terminates.
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Ended up just installing a different version of the software we had.  Thanks for your time.
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did the directions in my previous post work?
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The fix did not come from any responses.
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