OLE Error Hotfix

This update repairs an error opening OLE objects in drawings created in AutoCAD® 2002 and opened in any AutoCAD 2007-based product.

Description of Problem

AutoCAD 2002 objects linked or embedded into Microsoft Word cannot be opened from Microsoft Word if only AutoCAD 2007 is installed on the system.

Affected Products


(1) Apply this patch only if the installation includes AutoCAD Mechanical 2007 or Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2007.
(2) Apply this patch only if the installation includes AutoCAD 2007.

Registry Backup Instructions

To backup your registry before installing the OLE Error Hotfix

You must have administrative privileges on your Microsoft® Windows® operating system to complete the backup process.


Note: It is recommended that you backup the HKEY\Local Machine\software\Classes section of your registry before applying this hotfix. If you are uncomfortable editing the registry, then ask your system administrator to complete these steps for you.
  1. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run.
  2. Enter REGEDIT to launch the Windows Registry Editor.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes.
  4. On the Classes node right-click menu, click Export.
  5. Create and/or select a location for exporting this file; for example, C:\ACAD\Registry Backup.
  6. Apply a unique name to the file. Click Save.

Installation Instructions

To install the OLE Error Hotfix

You must have administrative privileges on your Microsoft® Windows® operating system to complete the installation process.

  1. Close all software applications.
  2. Extract the file OLE-15-17.reg from the downloaded file OLEFix.zip.
  3. Double-click the file to install it.

Note: To restore the registry, navigate to the folder that was used to backup the registry in Step 5 of the Registry Backup Instructions and double-click the backup file you created to restore it.

Known Issues