AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 Update 2 Readme

Thank you for downloading AutoCAD® Mechanical 2010 Update 2.

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


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

You do not have to install Update 1 in order to install Update 2. This update includes Update 1.

You can also use Communication Center to install the Live Update Maintenance Patches, which will automatically show the correct update for your product.

Note: If you are using a 64 bit version of Windows, and are using Internet Explorer 8, and you have not installed AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 Update 1, please do not use Communication Center to install Update 2. Instead, follow the instructions under Installation Instructions.

32-bit Product
AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 ACM2010Update2.exe

64-bit Product
AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 ACM2010Update2x64.exe

You can use this update with the following operating systems below.

Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Service Pack 3 (SP3) of the following:

The following and Service Pack 1 (SP1) of the following:

The following Windows 7 operating systems:

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When you apply this update while running AutoCAD Mechanical, it is recommended that you do not click the "Automatically close applications and attempt to restart them after setup is complete" option. Instead, close AutoCAD Mechanical manually before you install this update.

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Subscription Benefits

With this update, if you are a subscription customer, a balloon notification periodically displays, letting you know how much time remains before your subscription expires. This notification will only display three times. You can access selected subscription benefits more quickly, without having to log on to the Subscription Center.

Online Renewal

If you meet the online renewal program rules, you can renew your AutoCAD Mechanical subscription online. If you have already renewed your subscription, or are not a subscription customer, these options are not available.


In InfoCenter, click the Subscription Center button. Under Benefits Center, click View eLearning Catalog. You will be prompted to sign-in to the Subscription Center.


You can access some subscription-only learning and technical support without logging onto the Subscription Center. This includes some eLearning lessons.

New Advantage Packs

When a new Advantage Pack becomes available, a balloon notification and menu option displays. To review and download the Advantage Pack, click the balloon notification or menu option. You must have permission to begin the download. Contract managers and software coordinators can control access to Advantage Packs from Subscription Center > Set Access from Product. Instructions for setting access permissions are provided to contract managers and software coordinators prior to Advantage Pack releases.

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made in the following commands and features:

Update 1

Update 2

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General Updates

This update includes AutoCAD 2010 Update 2. For information on the issues addressed by AutoCAD 2010 Update 2, please refer to the Readme at

The following issues have been addressed by AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 Update 2:

Fatal Errors

Update 1

Update 2

Bill of Materials, Parts List & Balloons

Update 1

Update 2

Standard Content

Update 1

Update 2

Custom Content

Update 1

Update 2

Symbols & Dimensions

Update 1

Update 2

Mechanical Structure

Update 1

Inventor Link

Update 2


Update 1

Vault Integration

Update 2

Other Issues

Update 1

Update 2

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Before You Begin

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

Back Up Custom Files

It is recommended that you back up all custom CUI, MNR, and MNL files before you apply this update.

Administrative Privileges

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

Network Deployment

Administrators can deploy this update over a network using the Deployment wizard.

About Your Product

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


After you install, be sure 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 update:

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

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Apply this Update to a Stand-Alone Installation

Follow these instructions to install this update on a single computer.

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

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Apply This Update Through a Local Network

You can use InfoCenter to apply this update through your local network. Detailed instructions on how to set up patching through your local network are listed in the InfoCenter tab of the CAD Manager Control Utility Help.

Note: You can install the CAD Manager Control Utility from the product installation media. Select Install Tools and Utilities and then select Autodesk CAD Manager Tools.

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Apply This Update 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 update.

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

The patch (update) 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 update 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, and click Configure when allowed. On the Include Service Packs page, click Browse to browse to the update extracted in Step 2. Notice that the update has been added in the Service Packs Included in this Deployment box. Click Configuration Complete.
  8. Follow the instructions in the Deployment wizard to complete the update deployment.

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Uninstall This Update

Note: This update cannot be uninstalled when the product is installed from a deployment (also called an administrative image) with a merged update.

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 update in the list of programs. Click Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. From the Start menu (Windows), click 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 update in the list of updates. Click Uninstall.


If AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 and 2011 are installed on the same computer, after uninstalling Update 1 or Update 2 for AutoCAD Mechanical 2010, you will need to repair your AutoCAD Mechanical 2011 install. You should do this right after the Update is uninstalled to avoid issues.

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This release updates all AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 files.

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