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Install F/X CAD 2017


The following steps are for installing F/X CAD 2017 on a computer that already has Land F/X installed.


F/X CAD is our Autodesk approved AutoCAD engine for Land F/X users. More information about F/X CAD.

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 current location of your LandFX folder, as well as where you plan to store it.

What is the LandFX folder?

Locate your existing LandFX folder

Don't have a LandFX folder? You'll need to install Land F/X before installing F/X CAD:


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 in an office that uses Land F/X on a central server or shared folder and has multiple users?

If so, you'll need to install F/X CAD 2017 locally on each individual workstation. Do not install F/X CAD on your server or network share.


Installing on a Mac? 

You'll need to install Parallels and a Windows operating system first.


Before installing F/X CAD 2017, verify that you do not have:

Important: Do not uninstall the F/X Server component – only F/X Workstation.


As part of our licensing agreement with Autodesk, F/X CAD requires a licensed Land F/X installation.

If you do not have a Land F/X license, you will be unable to use F/X CAD until you obtain one.

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 March 05, 2018


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 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

Land F/X Workstation

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 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 most cases the default location, C:\LandFX, is correct for a "Standalone" installation. If this location is correct, click Next.

If your LandFX folder is located elsewhere, such as on your office server, click Browse. Navigate to your LandFX folder, then click Next.

Error message: Could not connect to database 'landfx' on server XXXXXX with user 'ODBC'. Continue anyway? Solution >

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

Don't see the letter drive where your LandFX folder is located? Solution >
Ready to Install the Program: Click Install.
Please allow a few minutes for the installation to complete.
InstallShield Wizard Completed: Click Finish.

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.

Step 5: Open F/X CAD and get started

5A. Open F/X CAD. The Let's Get Started screen will pop up within your F/X CAD window.

Getting a blank screen when you open F/X CAD? You can just close it. You won't see this screen again once you activate. More information >


5B. If you don't already have an Autodesk account, you'll need to open one at this point.


5C. Get started using F/X CAD:

While waiting for your Activation Code, you can continue to use F/X CAD in trial mode.


  • Installing an F/X CAD trial? Click Sign in. Sign into your Autodesk account, and start your trial. Note that the Let's Get Started screen will pop up each time you open F/X CAD until you click start a trial.


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

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


• Issue: When you open F/X CAD, do you not see your Land F/X ribbons, tools, or menus?


1. Load the Land F/X menus manually.

2. Still don't see your Land F/X ribbons, tools, or menus? Get the latest Land FX ribbons.


• 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 file setup64.


• 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 6: 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.


6A. Follow our instructions to migrate your AutoCAD or F/X CAD settings.


6B. Open your Start menu, and select Control Panel.


6C. Select Programs, or Programs and Services. Then select Add or Remove Program.


6D. 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.

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 >


  • We also have an extensive documentation section covering everything you need to know about our software. 

Go to our documentation section >


  • Land F/X

Our software tailors AutoCAD to the needs of landscape architects, irrigation designers, and other professionals. We automate your most tedious tasks and ensure accuracy, giving you more time to design.