For the last several releases of AutoCAD based products, Autodesk has included a “Reset Settings to Default” utility. This is a great way to fix random bugs that you may run into from time to time. But what do you do when the utility isn’t there? We have come across several instances where the install is corrupted and the utility isn’t in the product folder, under the start menu, as it should be.
This is when we use the following method to manually reset settings to default by initiating the secondary installer.
Follow these steps with your AutoCAD based application closed!
1. Back up any customization.
2. Delete the following folders. (Make sure you have “show hidden files, folders and drives” selected under your folder options.)
For Windows Vista, 7, or 8:
For Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 20xx
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 20xx
3. Enter the registry editor by going to the start menu and typing regedit in the search field and selecting regedit.exe from the results.
4. Delete the following registry key:
This path is unique for each version of AutoCAD. The Rxx.x refers to the release (for example R20.1 for 2016). The ACAD-xxxx:409 refers to the different AutoCAD based products. Simply click on this folder and check the keys on the right for the correct product in the path (as seen below)
5. Launch your product and it will rebuild these settings as default.