AutoCAD Autodesk Version 2004

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I have a client wanting to install AutoCad Version 2004.

I would like option of the wisdom in doing this. They want us to provide hardware. I assume this version is not compatible with Win7. Also, can we go to AutoCad site for updates?

Is their an upgrade path that provides credit to upgrade to more current version.

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Hi while AutoCAD 2004 is not officially compatible with Windows 7, a number of users have found it works pretty well. Recommend you set up a test machine and get the client to go through their usual processes to check for any issues.
Will AutoCAD 2004 Run on Windows 7 Professional with the Virtual PC XP Mode?

The updates for 2004 are free from the Autodesk website.

If you want to upgrade, you will have to pay full price for AutoCAD 2013 (or maybe AutoCAD LT might suit this is much cheaper), they only have a 50% upgrade credit for three previous releases.

Your client has some wisdom here, if they don't need the features of the new releases.
1. they are leveraging existing products and avoiding the expense of upgrading. At maybe $5000 a seat it is a big commitment.
2. AutoCAD 2004 appears to work in Windows 7 environment with few issues
3. they do not need to upskill their people to use the latest AutoCAD 2013 which is a completely different product, this will cost a lot, plus a lot of users will complain about it.
4. they don't need to re-write all their macros & code

Hope that helps
...Terry

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