Thursday, April 26, 2012

Change AutoCAD 2013 from Network license to Standalone

AutoCAD 2013 can easily be changed between Network, Standalone and Multiseat Standalone licensing with a small registry hack that has changed a little compared to earlier versions. (How to change AutoCAD 2012 from network license to standalone)

Start the Registry Editor and the registry location is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R19.0 and then depending on AutoCAD vertical look in ACAD-B001 for AutoCAD 2013 or for example ACAD-B004 for AutoCAD Architecture 2013. Finally in AdLM there is Type that can be changed to any of the values 1, 2 or 3 as seen below.

1 – Network

2 – Standalone

3 – Multiseat Standalone

AutoCAD registry details explained


  1. I remember this hack working on earlier versions but it does not work on the 2013

  2. In what direction did you test and is it vanilla AutoCAD or any vertical?

  3. I have not tested Standalone->Network or MSSA->Network, but Network->anything else does not not.

    Not because the registry edit isn't valid, but because the components needed to authorize a standalone license are not present after you do a network license install.


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