AutoCAD Electrical 2013 Service Pack 2 Readme

Thank you for downloading AutoCAD® Electrical 2013 Service Pack 2.

This readme contains the latest information regarding the installation and use of the Service Pack. It is strongly recommended that you read the entire document before you apply the Service Pack to your product. For reference, you should save this document to your hard drive or print a copy.


You can apply this Service Pack to the following Autodesk products running on all supported operating systems and languages. Be sure to install the correct Service Pack for your software.

Service Pack
AutoCAD Electrical 2013 (32-bit) Ace2013_SWL_SP2.exe
AutoCAD Electrical 2013 (64-bit) Ace2013_SWL_SP2_x64.exe

This Service Pack can be applied to AutoCAD Electrical 2013 installed as a standalone application as well as AutoCAD Electrical 2013 installed from Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013.

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When you apply this Service Pack while running AutoCAD Electrical, do not click the "Automatically close applications and attempt to restart them after setup is complete" option. Instead, close AutoCAD Electrical manually, and click the "Do not close applications. (A Reboot may be required.)" option in the dialog box. It is recommended that you reboot your system after installing the Service Pack.

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The following operating systems are officially supported for 32-bit and 64-bit AutoCAD Electrical 2013 with Service Pack 2.

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Note: AutoCAD Electrical 2013 Service Pack 2 includes the AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 2. For issues resolved by the AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 2, please see the appropriate Service Pack readme located on the Autodesk support web site

The following defects have been fixed:


Service Pack 1

Design Center

Service Pack 2

Insert/Edit Components/Footprints

Service Pack 1

Marking Menu

Service Pack 2

Project Manager

Service Pack 1

Service Pack 2


Service Pack 2


Service Pack 1


Service Pack 2

Terminal Strip Editor

Service Pack 2

Terminal Strip Table Generator

Service Pack 1


Service Pack 1

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Note: Autodesk Sync (AdSync) patch will automatically get installed with the AutoCAD Electrical patch.

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Before You Begin

As you prepare to install this Service Pack, keep the following in mind:

Back Up Custom Files

It is recommended that you back up all custom CUIX, MNR, and MNL files before you apply this Service Pack.

Administrative Privileges

During installation, you will be prompted for the original installation media or a network image. In order to apply this Service Pack, you must have administrative privileges to install and uninstall products.

Network Deployment

Administrators can deploy this Service Pack over a network using the Deployment Wizard.

About Your Product

After you install the Service Pack, updated product information displays in the About dialog box.


After you install, it is recommended to reboot your system even if not prompted.

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About Windows Command Line Switches

The following Microsoft Windows command line switches are built into this Service Pack:

Instructions about how to use the /e command line switch are included in the installation procedures that follow.

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Apply This Service Pack to a Stand-Alone Installation

Follow these instructions to install this Service Pack on a single computer.

  1. Download the Service Pack and save it to any folder.
  2. If required, insert the product media (for example, the AutoCAD Electrical installation disc).
  3. Find the folder where you saved the Service Pack and double-click the executable (EXE) file.

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Apply This Service Pack Through a Local Network

Follow these instructions to install this Service Pack on multiple computers using your Local Network.

  1. Download the Service Pack and save it to any shared folder on your Local Network.
  2. Find the shared folder where you saved the Service Pack, and double-click the executable (EXE) file.

Note: Installation through your local network using the CAD Manager Control Utility is not supported for this Service Pack.

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Apply This Service Pack to a Network Administrative Image

The following distribution method applies only to administrative images created with the Deployment Wizard. After you complete these procedures, subsequent deployments of your product will include this Service Pack.

In all cases, append this Service Pack to the deployment. The only time it is appropriate to merge an Service Pack is if you intend to distribute the deployment through a group policy object.

The patch (Service Pack) file that you download contains an MSP (Microsoft Patch) file, which you extract from the executable file using the /e (extract) switch. For an example of the syntax, see step 2, below.

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download the Service Pack EXE file to your local computer.
  2. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run. Enter the following information and click OK.

    <local_drive:>\<patch_name> /e <local_drive:>\< patch_name>.msp

  3. Insert the Autodesk media and launch setup.exe.
  4. Select Create Deployments. Click Next.
  5. On the Begin Deployment page, in the Specify the Deployment Location box, enter the shared network location where you would like to create an administrative image, or click Browse to find a location. Users install the product from this location.
  6. In the Specify a Deployment Name box, enter the name for your deployment.
  7. Continue through the Deployment wizard, open and configure the deployment in the product configuration page, click Add to find the Service Pack extracted in Step 2. Notice that the Service Pack has been added in the Include Service Pack(s) from local drive or local network box. Close and return to the product list.
  8. Follow the instructions in the Deployment wizard to complete the Service Pack deployment.

Note: When the AutoCAD Electrical Service Pack is included in a deployment, the deployment will install the Service Pack without update files for Autodesk Sync.

Note: The extraction of MSP from the service pack executable requires VC++ runtime redistributable 2010. Please make sure it is installed before extracting the MSP file.

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Uninstall This Service Pack

Windows XP

  1. From the Start menu (Windows), click Settings > Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. In the Add or Remove Programs window, select the Show Updates option.
  4. Find the appropriate Service Pack in the list of programs. Click Remove.

Windows 7 / Windows 8

  1. Start Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs.
  3. Click Programs and Features.
  4. In the Programs and Features window, in the left pane, click View Installed Updates.
  5. Find the appropriate Service Pack in the list of updates. Click Uninstall.

Note: You may need to insert the AutoCAD Electrical 2013 disk when uninstalling this Service Pack.

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Thank You

We want to express our appreciation to all our customers who identified these issues and reported them to us. Their reports gave us the opportunity to improve the product and to provide you with the best solution in electrical design. We also thank you for your continued business, and for your feedback regarding this release.


Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical Product Team

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