Autodesk Inventor 2018 – Installation Instructions

A customer requested help with the installation of Autodesk Inventor 2018. Here is their question below:

I am trying to get autodesk inventor, student version, running in my computer unsuccessfully. Can you tell me who could help me doing that? Windows 7 Home Premium, MS 2009, Service Pack 1. Dell XPS 8300, 16GB RAM, 64-bit
I downloaded Autodesk Fusion 360, student version, about a year but could never actually open it and try it.

I tried downloading the Inventor v.16 recently but it did not download, apparently because the Fusion version is in my PC. I tried opening Fusion again but couldn’t. What I am after, really is Inventor since I had some previous experience with it and I’d like to refresh and update my skills with CAD.

Could you connect to my PC, remove the Fusion version and download/install Inventor v.16 and set it up ready?

This individual currently has Fusion 360 installed. They tried removing Fusion 360 but get hanged up with errors or frozen windows. I was able to successfully remove Fusion 360 by going into “Control Panel” then selecting “Programs and Features”.

I first had to end about 4 or 5 running Fusion processes by opening up “Task Manager”. Once they processes were ended I then was able to remove Fusion 360. Then I attempted to start Inventor version 16 2016 version that was still on this hard drive.

I received an immediate “Abort” error. I tried ending some existing Fusion 360 processes that were running. I still received this abort error.

Instead of fucking around trying to get Fusion 360 version 2016 to install, I went to the Autodesk website and I found their catalogue of free software for students and educators. Luckily, this individual already had an Autdesk login. You must create an account and login to get access to this free software.

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He logged in and downloaded Autodesk Inventor 2018. Here is one caveat, you may need to download both the “Autodesk Downloader” and “Autodesk Inventor 2018” web installer. You will need to select your version, operating system you are using, and language from drop down lists and then click on “INSTALL NOW” button.

You will receive educational licenses in your email. I successfully installed Autodesk Inventor 2018 by first installing Autodesk Downloader. I then ran the Autodesk 2018 Inventor web installer.

Actually, I downloaded both of these small executables to this individuals computer. Once, I started the web installer, a large window opened up with a download progress indicator. Eventually, a list of available software was displayed with all of them selected as default.

This would take up approximately 28 gigabytes of disk space. The client wanted all the software, so proceeded to click “Install”. Depending on your Internet connection speed, this can take quite a bit of time to download.

Eventually, some of the software will begin installing. You want to allow this installer to proceed and complete the installation of all Autodesk Inventor 2018 software. If the installer freezes up, you can end it and begin again.

You may need to reboot your computer and begin the installation again. You will notice some software will already have been installed successfully, even though the download progess indicator shows data still being processed.