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    Question Upgrading to Windows 7

    Wea are going to be upgrading our computers to lenovo 64 bit work stations over the next 5 to 6 weeks and going to Inventor/AutoCAD 2012. My question is two fold. First in 2012 how far back can I save? We still have suppliers that are using AutoCAD 2007. Second is can we run a 32 bit version of AutoCAD 2009 on a 64 bit computer?

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    Default Re: Upgrading to Windows 7

    for vanilla acad, saving back is generally pretty successful. some stuff like MTEXT columns will break, in appearance anyway, so it's a caveat. but if you don't take advantage of enity properties (transparency for one) deveoped since 2007 was released, you should be fine. I'm not sure when per viewport layer overrides were introduced, but they are another property that can only go back so far before it's lost.

    Note that if you are using any verticals (Civil 3d etc) none of the objects will translate back to previous versions.

    There are people running 32 bit on 64 bit PCs, using virtual machines, either from Microsoft, VMWare, or Oracle. Essentially running a clean copy of XP 32bit as a VM. Oracle's virtual box seems to be a preferred method for doing that.
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    Thank you cadtag, that is what I needed to hear. I am not sure why our designers would not want to go with 64 bit versions of all our Autodesk products but this at least will give me an answer to their question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy.long View Post
    I am not sure why our designers would not want to go with 64 bit versions of all our Autodesk products ...
    Professionals that use hardware and software for a living that DON'T want upgraded computers, and faster processing applications!?

    I would immediately remove them from any, and all decision making roles. Just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RenderMan View Post
    Professionals that use hardware and software for a living that DON'T want upgraded computers, and faster processing applications!?

    I would immediately remove them from any, and all decision making roles. Just saying.

    ^^ Only kidding of course!
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    Default Re: Upgrading to Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy.long View Post
    First in 2012 how far back can I save? We still have suppliers that are using AutoCAD 2007.
    As an aside, I've never been a fan of saving down for people and I tend to advise recipients that they can save down (though they use the term 'convert') using TrueView.
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