I recently bought a version of autocad over the internet which came in the
original box with all the original cd's and the product keys and
manuals.......... since i have a receipt for this purchase could I go to
AUtodesk and obtain a license for my copy now? Also could I update this
version 2000 architectural desktop......
Part of the AUP is that the software is NOT to be resold. So while you may
have purchased "original" CDs, they're illegal/piracy because reselling is
To address the upgrade issue, even if your copy was legit and licensable,
2000 has been "retired" and as such is no longer upgradeable.
Depending upon your needs I'd suggest you look into AutoCAD LT or
IntelliCAD, both are reasonably priced alternatives.
There was a day that you could, but I think those days are gone.
I love AutoCAD and think it's a wonderful tool, but I don't like the
AutoDesk policy of not being able
to sell your copy if need be.
It's kinda like buying a car and being told you cannot legally resell it.
Back in the day, when out company was just starting out, we bought several
copies, transferred the license, and
then upgraded, all legal.
But now, if your company goes out of business, or you have to seriously
downsize, you can sell the computer, the desk and the chair, but not the
Oh well...to answer your question, I do not believe that you can register
your software unless it was bought form a licensed AutoCAD dealer. Best bet,
Well I checked the link you guys sent me and under the FAQ section it said
the only requirment was to provide a valid serial number from the upgrade
product which is alittle scary since that number is not going back to my
name and address.... so I guess I'll have to call AutoDesk from a PayPhone -
Thanks for all the advice........
Unfortunately it does not mean that the package has NOT already been
registered by someone and then upgraded. After all, I have all the
original CD's, manuals and packaging for R14 even though I have
upgraded it. If you have all the original items, one of them would be
the license agreement. That should tell you whether the license can be
transferred or not.
You will find it is up to Autodesk as to whether they will transfer
the license to you if it has never been upgraded already.
Next you mention you want to upgrade it to ADT 2000. Well, the 2000
series of programs were retired a few years back now, and Autodesk do
not upgrade to anything but the current version.
I saw what you wrote, and yes Autodesk does operate a legacy program
in some areas where
"Purchase a current version of Autodesk software by July 31, 2006, and
save up to 45%*. Take advantage of this limited-time offer when you
buy AutoCAD 2007 software or the current release of an Autodesk
building, manufacturing, or infrastructure management solution."
As I understand it, the 45% discount is conditional on taking up a
The OP did want to be able to "update to version 2000 architectural
What this person did when he sold you the program was probably sold you his
old version that he upgraded.
Now... if you put the product key " serial number" then it would work to
install but I would contact Autodesk about it.
If isnt a legit copy then you got screwed....
How much did you pay for it? This person you bought it from is screwing
you and suggest you turn him in.