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Install Single-User Land F/X with F/X CAD 2017

The following steps are for installing F/X CAD 2017 and Land F/X software on a single computer that will not be accessing Land F/X from an office server or shared online folder.


Installing in an office that will have multiple F/X CAD and Land F/X users? Use our Multi-User installation steps instead.


Step 1: Prerequisites

To complete this installation, you will need:

Your Land F/X Support ID*.


Your Serial Number and Product Key*.

*You or your office will have received your Support ID, Serial Number, and Product Key in an email from Land F/X.


The location where you will be storing your LandFX folder.

This folder will contain all data associated with your Land F/X installation and projects.


As an AutoCAD installation, F/X CAD requires a robust computer in order to function properly.

Take a look at our system requirements for F/X CAD.


Installing on a Mac? You'll need to install Parallels and and a Windows operating system first.


Before installing F/X CAD 2017, it's a good idea to verify that you do not already have AutoCAD or F/X CAD 2017 installed on your computer – even a trial version.

Follow our instructions to check for and uninstall existing versions of AutoCAD or F/X CAD.

Are you installing in an office that will have multiple Land F/X users? If so, you most likely need a Multi-User installation. The steps on this page will result in a Single-User installation, which can cause problems in offices with multiple Land F/X users.

If you are unsure of any of these items, please contact your IT administrator.


Step 2: Download and extract the installer

Right-click the F/X CAD 2017 Installer download link below.


F/X CAD 2017 Installer - 64 Bit Only (1.3 GB)
Updated October 05 2017


Select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" from the menu that opens, and save the file to your desktop.
The installer is quite a large piece of software. Please allow 10 to 30 minutes for the download to complete.

Go to your desktop, and double-click the file fxcad2017.64.1.exe. If you clicked the download link, this file will likely be in your Downloads folder.


A window will open and ask you to extract the downloaded file to a specific location.


Click Browse, and select your desktop.


Then click Extract.

You will now have a folder on your desktop named fxcad2017.64.1. Open that folder, then open the file named Setup.

At this point, you might see the following message: Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your PC? If so, click Yes.


Step 3: Install F/X CAD

Click Install when prompted.
Select I Accept to accept the agreement. Then click Next.

Make sure the following two options are checked:

F/X CAD 2017

I do not already have Land F/X


Click Install when finished.

Important: DO NOT check the top option, "I already have Land F/X." Make sure you've selected "I do not already have Land F/X" before clicking Install. If not, the software will not install properly.

F/X CAD will now begin to install. Please allow between 5 and 20 minutes for the installation to complete.

F/X CAD not installing correctly, or shutting down after installation? Troubleshooting steps >


  • A red "NO" sign to the left of the F/X CAD checkbox? Solution >
  • Error message: "Please install DirectX before installing AutoCAD 2017"? Solution >
  • Error message containing the text "/SecondRun and /FirstRunThreadld:"? Solution >

Step 4: Install Land F/X Server


Welcome Screen: Click Next.
Land F/X License Agreement: Scroll down and select I Accept if you agree. Then click Next.
Support ID: Enter your Land F/X Support ID.
You can find your Support ID in the Trial Approval or Purchase email you received from Land F/X.


Product Activated: Click OK.

Destination Folder: This folder path will become the location where all your Land F/X data and projects are stored.

We recommend keeping the default location of C:\LandFX\ – the C: drive on your computer. Click Next.

More information on the LandFX folder and where to place it

Database Installation: Select either Cloud Data or Local Data and click Next.

Which to choose?

We recommend Cloud Data for firms with a fast and reliable Internet connection, as well as offices with employees who plan to work remotely on home computers or laptops. 


If your office does not have a reliable Internet connection, we recommend selecting Local Data.

For more information on Cloud and Local data, see our pages on:


Still not sure which to choose? Ask your IT administrator.


Ready to Install the Program: Click Install.
InstallShield Wizard Completed: Click Finish.

Step 5: Install Land F/X Workstation

Welcome Screen: Click Next.
License Agreement: Scroll down and select Accept if you agree. Click Next.

Setup Type: Select which ribbon tabs will be visible in your installation.


For example, if you are installing Design F/X, you may want to select the Design F/X option so only the Admin, Site, and Details ribbons are visible. (With a Design F/X license, only these ribbons are functional, so you may only want these ribbons to be visible.)

You can always turn the visibility of specific ribbons on or off after you've installed. 


F/X Server Network Location: In this step, you'll select the location of your F/X Server. You set this location in the Install Land F/X Server steps above.


In most cases, we recommend keeping the default location of C:\LandFX. If you did click the default location, simply click Next.


Don't know the location of your LandFX folder? Click the Can't locate your LandFX folder? button.

Ready to Install the Program: Click Install.
Please allow a few minutes for the installation to complete.
InstallShield Wizard Completed: Click Finish.

Step 6: Open F/X CAD and license (activate) your installation

1. Open F/X CAD.


2. The Let's Get Started screen (pictured to the right) will pop up within your F/X CAD window. 


Select Enter a Serial Number.


3. When you open F/X CAD, you should see a dialog box named Autodesk Licensing.



Click I Agree to start the licensing process.


4. Follow our instructions to license (activate) your installation of F/X CAD 2017.


While waiting for your Activation Code, you can continue to use the software in trial mode.

Once you receive the email with your Activation Code, you can license (activate) your F/X CAD installation.

For information on licensing (activating) your installation, and to see more screenshots of the process, please visit landfx.com/activate.


Issue: Error message: This Product is not registered. Please reactivate it by typing REACTIVATE.

Solution: Reactivate your Land F/X installation, then restart CAD.


• Issue: Don't see Land F/X anywhere? Is there no Launch Land F-X shortcut on your desktop?

Solution: Navigate to the C:/LandFX folder (or the location where your LandFX folder is stored) and run (double-click) the setup64/setup.exe file.


Issue: Don't see your Land F/X menus when you open CAD?

Solution: Load the Land F/X menus manually.


Issue: You received an error message similar to the following: Unable to establish an Internet connection to the registration server to validate your Support ID.

Solution: You may need to disable a firewall on your computer before you can license our software.

Step 7: Migrate your settings and uninstall any older versions

For F/X CAD to function correctly, it's a good idea to uninstall all previous versions of AutoCAD or F/X CAD from your computer – after you migrate your personal settings from that version.


Follow our instructions to migrate your AutoCAD or F/X CAD settings.


Open your Start menu, and select Control Panel.


Select Programs, or Programs and Services. Then select Add or Remove Program.

Double-click the logo for your existing AutoCAD or F/X CAD installation.



When the file opens, select Uninstall. Follow the prompts to uninstall the program.



For more detailed steps, please see our Uninstall AutoCAD or F/X CAD page.



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