How to Activate AutoCAD

Two Methods:Activating AutoCAD Using the InternetManually Activating AutoCAD

AutoCAD is a computer-design and drafting software program developed by Autodesk. Before you can begin using AutoCAD, you must activate and register your software with Autodesk. AutoCAD can either be activated on your computer using the Internet, or can be manually activated using a registration code.

Method 1
Activating AutoCAD Using the Internet

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    Launch the AutoCAD program on your Windows or Mac computer. By default, AutoCAD will be stored under “Programs” on Windows machines and under “Applications” on Mac computers.
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    Review the Autodesk Privacy Statement and place a checkmark next to the field that says you agree to the terms of use.
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    Click on “I Agree” at the bottom of the privacy statement window. The Activation Wizard will load and display on-screen.
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    Click on “Activate.
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    Click on “Connect now and activate,” then click on “Next.
    • If you are upgrading from a free trial version of AutoCAD, you will be prompted to enter the serial number and product key you received upon purchasing the license for the full version of AutoCAD.
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    Type your Autodesk user ID and password into the fields provided, then click on “Log In.
    • If you do not already have an Autodesk user ID and password, click on “Create User ID Now” and follow the on-screen prompts to create a login.
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    Select the Autodesk account with which you want to register AutoCAD and click on “Next.
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    Click on “Finish” when Autodesk informs you that you have successfully activated AutoCAD. The AutoCAD software will now be ready for use.[1]

Method 2
Manually Activating AutoCAD

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    Launch AutoCAD on your Windows or Mac computer. By default, AutoCAD will be stored under “Programs” on Windows machines and under “Applications” on Mac computers.
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    Review the Autodesk Privacy Statement and place a checkmark next to the field that states you agree to the terms of use.
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    Click on “I Agree” at the bottom of the privacy statement window. The Activation Wizard will display on-screen.
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    Click on “Activate.
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    Click on “Connect now and activate,” then click on “Next.
    • If you are upgrading from a free trial version of AutoCAD, you will be required to enter the serial number and product key you received at the time you purchased the license for the full version of AutoCAD.
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    Select “Request an activation code using an offline method.
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    Click on “Next” when Autodesk informs you that an Internet connection has not been detected.
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    Select whether you are activating AutoCAD for a company or individual.
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    Select the country in which AutoCAD will be used from the dropdown menu provided.
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    Click on “Next. A Customer Information form will display on-screen.
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    Complete all required fields in the Customer Information form. You will be asked to provide your name, address, contact telephone number, and preferred response method.
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    Click on “Next. Your computer will save your activation information in an HTML file.
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    Click on the option you want used to submit the form. You will have the option to submit your form via email, fax, or telephone.
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    Follow the instructions provided on-screen to submit your form based on the selection you have chosen. For example, if you selected fax, you will be provided with the fax number to which you can send your form.
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    Wait for Autodesk to provide you with your AutoCAD activation code. Your waiting time may take minutes, hours, or days, depending on the submission method you have chosen.
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    Relaunch the Autodesk application and click on “Activate.
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    Click on “I have an activation code from Autodesk.
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    Type in your activation code at the prompt, then click on “Next. AutoCAD will now be activated, and is ready for use.[2]

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