Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 and Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010-2010.02.17 Hot Fix Readme

This readme contains the latest information regarding the installation and use of Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2010 / Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2010-2010.02.17 Hot Fix. It is strongly recommended that you read this entire document before installing this Hot Fix. For reference, you should save this readme to your hard drive. For complete installation and networking instructions refer to the Installation Guide and Network Administrator's Guide on the DVD or with the electronic download of 3ds Max 2010 / 3ds Max Design 2010.

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Resolved Issues in this Hot Fix


Resolved Issue

Autodesk® Backburner
  • Scenes created in 3ds Max 2009 / 3ds Max Design 2009 now render correctly when the scene is set to use the Include Maps option.
  • The MAXScript limit for trackSelection has been changed from 0–3 to 0–8 to match the changes to the lockCom parameter.
Hardware Meshes
  • The memory fragmentation issue that caused an error in the mesh render code has been resolved.
mental ray®
  • Complex mental ray materials no longer cause an error in the Material Editor. The memory limit now matches the limit of the memory setting in the mental ray renderer.
Microsoft® DirectX® Shader Material
  • The DirectX Shader material now loads the correct lighting. The light index is no longer reset on load.
Performance: Assigning Materials to Objects
  • Assigning materials to large numbers of objects no longer leads to performance issues with Standard and Multi/Sub-Object materials.
Save As Previous
  • When saving a file in 3ds Max 2011 / 3ds Max Design 2011 using Save As Previous, the Asset type parameters now load properly in 3ds Max 2010 / 3ds Max Design 2010 when using RGB as the render output type.
  • When using Save As Previous in 3ds Max 2011 / 3ds Max Design 2011 to save a Container with the "No Access" rule, and a proxy file assigned to it, you will be able to inherit the Container in 3ds Max 2010 without errors.
Scripted Custom Attributes
  • (64-bit operating systems only) When a paramblock was defined by a scripted plug-in or custom attribute, a 64-bit pointer was put into an intermediate 32-bit integer and then into a INT_PTR variable. Incorrect values were stored in the INT_PTR variable when the 64-bit pointer was greater than 2 GB. This issue has been resolved.
Scene Explorer
  • You can now use Zenkaku numeric characters in Scene Explorer for object and material names.
User Interface
  • Ribbon: You can now close the Symmetry Tools dialog (opened with the modeling ribbon > Graphite Modeling Tools tab > Polygon Modeling panel > Symmetry Tools command) when the Pick Main Model button is enabled without issue.
  • Grid and Snap Settings dialog: The issues that arose with the Grid and Snap Settings dialog after installing 3ds Max 2010 (Connection Extension) have been resolved.

Supported Operating Systems

Use the following supported operating systems for the 32- or 64-bit version of the Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 / Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010-2010.02.17 Hot Fix:


Before you install the 3ds Max 2010 / 3ds Max Design 2010-2010.02.17 Hot Fix, you need to have the following prerequisites installed:

Frequently Asked Questions about Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 SP1 or Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 SP1

See Prerequisites for information about installing Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 SP1 or Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 SP1.

Question 1:

The installer indicates that SP1 is not installed, why?

There are a few possible reasons that the installer could indicate that SP1 is not installed.

Question 2

How do I know if I have SP1 installed?


  1. Go to the directory where Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 or Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 is installed (for example: \\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2010).
  2. Right-click 3dsmax.exe.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Do one of the following:

    The “File version” must be equal or greater than

Versions of this Hot Fix

Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 3dsMax2010_2010.02.17.exe
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 3dsMaxDesign2010_2010.02.17.exe

Install Instructions

  1. Download the appropriate file for your system. See Versions of this Hot Fix.
  2. Double-click the corresponding EXE file to launch the installer.
  3. Click Next when prompted.
  4. Click Finish once completed.

Uninstall Instructions

Windows XP

  1. Open Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add Or Remove Programs dialog.
  2. Turn on Show Updates at the top of the Add Or Remove Programs dialog.
  3. Select Autodesk 3ds Max 2010-2010.02.17 Hot Fix / Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010-2010.02.17 Hot Fix.
  4. Click Remove.

Windows Vista

  1. Open Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features.
  2. Click View Installed Updates.
  3. Select Autodesk 3ds Max 2010-2010.02.17 Hot Fix / Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010-2010.02.17 Hot Fix.
  4. Click Uninstall.

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