Downloading and installing Autodesk products

By default, Autodesk wants you to use their “download and install” combination method of installation. This may work for some, but many times it simply does not work for whatever reason (browse around the Autodesk installation forums to see).  We suggest not using the method described above and simply do it the way it has been working for years for virtually any downloadable install. Download the entire install (all of the files required) and _THEN_ install it.

To get started, go to the Autodesk Virtual Agent. Navigate this “wizard of sorts” here until you find the product, version and platform you need.

Autodesk Virtual Agent

Click the appropriate link. Some products may list multiple downloads. Simply download each link into the same folder.

After this is done, click on the EXE file. In the example below, for AutoCAD 2017, 64-bit, there are two files. The numbers at the end represent 001 (file 1) and 002 (of 2 files). Run file 001, or if you only have one file, run it.

AutoCAD 2017 Multiple File Download

The first screen you will see in a moment should look like this. Select a destination folder. It will default to C:\Autodesk, but in this case we’ve changed it to E:\Autodesk. Then press OK.

Autodesk install dialog

Next, the file extraction will take place. It takes a couple of minutes to extract AutoCAD 2017.

File Extratction

Once this has completed, the installer will appear.


If you are not ready to install at this moment, or you want to install on a different machine, simple press Exit and cancel the install.

The files will remain in place in the location you chose earlier (in our case, E:\Autodesk)


When you get ready to do the install, run the Setup.exe file.