Install F/X CAD 2021


The following steps are for installing F/X CAD 2021 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*.

*You or your office will have received your Support ID in an email from Land F/X.

 

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

 

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.

 

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 2021 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 virtual software such as Parallels or VMware Fusion and a Windows operating system first.

 

Before installing F/X CAD 2021, 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 installation of Land F/X.

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

Installing as a trial? We are only able to offer a 30-day trial for F/X CAD. We are unable to offer extensions.

Step 2: Install Land F/X (if you haven't already)

For F/X CAD to function properly, you'll need to have Land F/X installed. We generally recommend installing Multi-User Land F/X. If you only plan to use Land F/X on one computer, you can choose to install Single-User Land F/X.

 

2A. Have you already installed Land F/X?

 

 

 

 

2B. (Multi-User Land F/X only) If you have Multi-User Land F/X installed, follow our steps to map a letter drive for Land F/X. You can then move on to Step 3: Download and extract the installer.

Mapping a letter drive to your LandFX folder is absolutely crucial for Multi-User installations.

Step 3: Download and extract the installer

3A. Right-click the F/X CAD 2021 Installer download link below.

 

 F/X CAD 2021 Installer - 64 bit Only  (1.21 GB) 
Updated Nov 12, 2020

 

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.

 

 

 

3B. Go to your desktop, and double-click the file fxcad2021.64 (or fxcad2021.64.exe).

If you clicked the download link directly, this file will likely be in your Downloads folder.

 

 

 

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 4: Install F/X CAD

4A. Click Install when prompted.

 

 

 

4B. Select I Accept to accept the agreement.

 

Then click Next.

 

 

 

 

4C. Click Install.

 

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

If you now see the dialog box pictured to the left, it means that F/X Workstation is:

  • Not installed on your computer already, or
  • Has to be replaced

 

If so, use the link below for instructions.

 

 

If you now see the dialog box pictured to the left, F/X Workstation is not installed already or has to be replaced. If so, use the link below for instructions. you'll see the dialog box pictured to the left. Click Browse to browse to your LandFX folder.

You'll be brought to the Browse for Folder dialog box (pictured below). Browse to your LandFX folder, select it, and click OK.

 

Multi-User Land F/X: Your LandFX folder will be on the letter drive you mapped in Step 2 above.

 

Single-User LandF/X: Your LandFX folder will likely be on your computer's C: drive.

 

  • If you are able to browse to and select a legitimate LandFX folder, the F/X Workstation installer will copy into that folder and run automatically when you click OK. If so, you can then move on to Step 5: Configure F/X Workstation.

 

  • If you can't locate your Land F/X folder, click Cancel.

 

 

 

If you cancel the dialog box pictured above, you'll be prompted that you need to connect F/X CAD to your existing Land F/X installation.

 

Click the link to Install the F/X Workstation Component Using setup_FXWorkstation.exe.

 

 

 

You'll then be brought to a folder containing a file named setup_FXWorkstation or setup_FXWorkstation.exe.

 

Drag this file into the LandFX folder on your server or shared online location, replacing any existing setup_FXWorkstation files in the same location.

 

 

 

You should now be able to proceed to Step 5: Configure F/X Workstation.

 

 

F/X Workstation is already installed. Please uninstall it from Programs and Features.

Did you receive this message, and the installer cancelled and closed? Here's what to do:

1. Uninstall the Land F/X Workstation component.

2. Double-click the F/X CAD installer file (fxcad2021.64.exe) again, and install F/X CAD. You should now be able to complete the installation.

Other errors or issues?

  • 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 >
  • Please install DirectX before installing AutoCAD 2021   Solution >
  • Error message containing the text /SecondRun and /FirstRunThreadld   Solution >
  • Install Incomplete. Please click the link to open a webpage to wrap up your installation before continuing.   Solution >
  • Menus not loaded. We were unable to automatically set the appropriate menus for this F/X CAD installation. Please click the link below to visit our guide to do so.   Solution >
  • Unable to Set License Type. F/X CAD Prep failed to set the License Type automatically. You will need to select Enter a Serial Number on license selection dialog manually.   Solution >

Step 5: Configure F/X Workstation

After completing Step 4, you'll be brought to the F/X Workstation installer.

 

Multi-User Land F/X

Use these steps if you have Multi-User Land F/X installed on either:

  • An office server, or
  • A shared online location using a service such as Dropbox.

 

5A. (Multi-User)

 

Welcome Screen: Click Next.

 

 

 

5B. (Multi-User) License Agreement: Scroll down and select Accept if you agree.

 

 

 

5C. (Multi-User) F/X Server Network Location

 

Because you're using F/X CAD with Multi-User Land F/X, you'll need to point it to your LandFX folder on your shared mapped letter drive.

 

Click Browse. Browse to and select your LandFX folder, then click Next.

Important: It is absolutely crucial to navigate to the correct location of your LandFX folder during this step. What is the LandFX folder?

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 for your LandFX folder when browsing? Here's what to do.

 

Don't have a letter drive mapped for your LandFX folder? See our article on How to map a letter drive for the LandFX folder >

 

 

 

5D. (Multi-User) Database Server Name

 

You might see a screen asking for your Database Server Name.

 

Enter the name of your F/X Data Server, then click Next.

 

Don't see this screen? Move on to the next step.

Your F/X Data Server name may consist of an IP address or hostname, depending on what you've've been using previously. The quickest way to check is to open CAD on another Land F/X workstation and follow our instructions to locate your LandFX folder and Project Data Server. Whatever you see listed as your Project Data Server is what you should enter here.

 

 

 

5E. (Multi-User) Ready to Install the Program

 

Click Install.
Please allow a few minutes for the installation to complete.

 

 

 

5F. (Multi-User) InstallShield Wizard Completed

 

 

Click Finish.

 

 

You can now move on to Step 6: Open F/X CAD and get started.

 

 

 

Single-User Land F/X

Use these steps if you have Land F/X installed on a single computer and aren't using an office server or shared online folder.

 

5A. (Single-User)

 

Welcome Screen: Click Next.

 

 

 

5B. (Single-User) License Agreement: Scroll down and select Accept if you agree.

 

 

 

5C. (Single-User) F/X Server Network Location

 

Because you're using F/X CAD with Single-User Land F/X, the default location, C:\LandFX, is correct in most cases. If this location is correct, click Next. Otherwise, click Browse and navigate to your LandFX folder.

Important: It is absolutely crucial to select the correct location of your LandFX folder during this step. What is the LandFX folder?

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.

 

 

 

5D. (Single-User) Ready to Install the Program

 

Click Install.
Please allow a few minutes for the installation to complete.

 

 

 

5E. (Single-User) InstallShield Wizard Completed

 

 

Click Finish.

 

 

You can now move on to Step 6: Open F/X CAD and get started.

 

 

Step 6: Open F/X CAD and get started

6A. You should see the Autodesk Licensing screen, pictured to the right.

 

Click I agree to agree to the privacy statement.

 

 

 

6B. You should now see the Product License Activation screen.

 

Click Run to begin using F/X CAD.

Important notes on activating F/X CAD:

If you've purchased F/X CAD, we've sent a request to Autodesk to send us your custom Serial Nunber and Product Key. We will email you these items upon receiving them. You can then proceed to activating F/X CAD 2021. Please note that the activation process for F/X CAD 2021 is different from previous versions.

 

Once you begin using F/X CAD or click Activate, your F/X CAD installation will lock after 30 days unless you complete the entire activation process. In the meantime, you can continue to click Run on this screen to use F/X CAD in trial mode.

On how many computers can you install one license of F/X CAD 2021?

Please also note that Autodesk has stepped up its enforcement of the policy that one license of F/X CAD 2021 is only to be installed on one person's work computer and home computer or laptop, and only one of these installations may be used at a time by that person. When a purchase happens for F/X CAD 2021, whether it is an upgrade or first-time purchase, 1 license = 1 serial number = 2 installations (home or laptop) per user. More information

 

 

 

If you see the Let's Get Started screen, pictured to the right, instead of the Autodesk Licensing screen, click the Select button under Enter a serial number.

 

You can then proceed to our steps to activate F/X CAD 2021.

Errors/Issues?

• 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?

Solution:

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: 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.

 

7A. Follow our instructions to migrate your AutoCAD or F/X CAD settings.

 

7B. Open your Start menu, and select Control Panel.

 

7C. Select Programs, or Programs and Features. Then select Uninstall Program.

 

7D. Select any Autodesk product you need to uninstall (example: F/X CAD 2020), then click Uninstall/Change.

 

You'll now see the Uninstall screen for the version of AutoCAD or F/X CAD you selected. Click Uninstall and follow the prompts to uninstall the program.

  

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

What's next?

Ready to see F/X CAD 2021 in action?

 

We also have an extensive Learning Resources section covering everything you need to know about our software, with resources ranging from instructional articles to short Power Tip videos, in-depth webinars, and more.

Last modified on Aug 10, 2020

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