I can get AutoCad 2000 "student edition" from a friend for almost nothing. However, doing some investigating, it looks like it is not compatible with Windows Vista. I really was hoping I could use it. Any feedback appreciated.....Thanks John
Or you could create a separate partition for XP on your existing computer... You sure it won't run in "compatability mode"?
Also, AutoCad used to be available for free to students; you might want to check into that. I know VectorWorks still is; it's a one-year license and leaves a "Student Edition" watermark but it's better than paying $1,800.
Greg, I do not understand. machine with XP pro license for $39.00? Are you saying I need XP to run AutoCad 2000? If I do, I will just forget about it.
noderaser, I am not a student. The guy that is selling has it from school, but he never opened it. It's brand new. He's in NJ and I am in SC. I am not good enough with computers to partition anything. If it will not work on this Vista machine 32 bit, then I will just pass on the purchase.
I am having the seller to find out what the system requirements are. I am hoping the software will have this information readily available.
You need some kind of OS and XP is a fairly good one.
You need an XP license to run XP. (at least that is what Bill Gates hopes you have). They do have some hardware checking in XP that tries to keep from being a "one disk country". You can't just copy it from someone else. That is why it is significant that they are selling these systems so cheap. XP Pro is well over $100 in the shrink wrap.
Note that Autocad 2000 is no longer supported from the factory so no upgrades or patches are available. I know some that have loaded it in Vista machines with mixed results. They have had printer, and file saving problems, as well as MS runtime errors. I would advise not to do it unless you are good with computer problems.
The network does a great job. I also have a Replay TV on the network (DVR) and the software on 4 of my PCs to watch shows off the Replay or move the files around. I also shuffle files around between PCs, share printers and all of that. I have one set up as a file server with a half a terabyte x2 RAIDed. That's where we drop all of our backups.