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Install Land F/X with F/X CAD 2017 – TRIAL

Step 1: Prerequisites

To complete this installation, you will need:

Your Land F/X Support ID*.

*You will have received your Support ID 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. In most cases, we recommend keeping our default location for your LandFX folder – directly on your C: drive (C:/LandFX).


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 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 2018 installed on your computer – even a trial version.

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


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 July 28 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 directly, this file wil llikely 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

Then click Install.

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?

Our Cloud Data option is a great option 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 installation, 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, which you set in the Install Land F/X Server steps above.


Wre recommend keeping the default location of C:\LandFX when installing the F/X Server. If you did keep 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.


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: When you open CAD, do you not see your ribbons or menus?

Solution: Load the Land F/X menus manually.

Step 6: Open F/X CAD and Get Started

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.

DO NOT select start a trial.

What's Next?


  • Your installation includes the Land F/X Welcome DWG, which includes some helpful initial instructions and links. To open it, double-click the Launch Land F/X icon from your desktop. 


  • Our Land F/X Trainer is a collection of brief, step-by-step videos that will help you get started using Land F/X. Go to the Land F/X Trainer >


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