Open Failure from Windows Explorer Hotfix

This hotfix repairs a problem that occurs when you open DWG files from Windows Explorer in AutoCAD 2008 SP1 and corresponding service packs for other affected products.


Description of Problem

When you attempt to open multiple files from the Windows Explorer, only the first selected file opens.


Affected Products

(1) Apply this hotfix only if the installation includes AutoCAD 2008.
(2) Apply this hotfix only if the installation includes AutoCAD MEP 2008.
(3) Apply this hotfix only if the installation includes AutoCAD Mechanical 2008.


Installation Instructions

To install Open Failure from Windows Explorer Hotfix

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

This hotfix should only be applied after installing AutoCAD 2008 SP1 or corresponding service packs for other affected products.

  1. Close all software applications.
  2. Navigate to your Autodesk Shell Extension folder; for example C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\AcShellEx.
  3. In the Autodesk Shell Extension folder, right-click the AcLauncher.exe file and select Properties.
  4. Click the Version tab and confirm the file version.
  5. Rename the affected original file.
  6. Based on the version of your product, double-click AcLauncher_32bit.zip or AcLauncher_64bit.zip.
  7. Extract AcLauncher.exe to the Autodesk Shell Extension folder; for example: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\AcShellEx.
  8. Verify the version of the replaced file.

NOTE: To remove this hotfix, delete the new AcLauncher.exe file that you downloaded to the Autodesk Shell Extension folder and restore the file you renamed in Step 5 to the original name.