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Autodesk Inventor

  1. Visit
  2. Select “SIGN IN” from the top-right corner of the screen, then select “Autodesk Account (includes all Subscriptions)”.
    1. If you already have an Autodesk account, log in (recall that it is registered with your address).
    2. Otherwise, select “Signing Up” and fill in the required information, using your Virginia Tech e-mail.
    3. Following sign in, you may need to give additional information to validate your account as educational, as well as verifying your e-mail.
  3. Once signed in, return back to if redirected elsewhere.
  4. Under “Download free software”, select “Students & teachers”.
  5. Select “Inventor Professional”.
  6. If visible, press the orange button that says “SIGN IN” and log in again.
  7. Select “DOWNLOAD NOW”.
  8. With the given drop-down menus, select the appropriate version, your current operating system, and preferred language.
  9. Take note of the serial number and product key – these may be needed for installation if installed in an alternative fashion.
  10. Select “INSTALL NOW”.
  11. Run the downloaded file, beginning with the word Inventor and the version you selected.
  12. After the installer is finished initializing, select “Install”.
  13. Press “Next”.
  14. If desired, choose a preferred installation path. Otherwise, leave the settings as default and select “Install”.
  15. The installer will then download the entire program. This may take some time.
  16. Once the installation is complete, select “Finish”.
  17. When prompted, agree to restart by selecting “Yes”.
  18. Following the restart, select the shortcut “Autodesk Inventor Professional 2017” on your desktop.
  19. Accept the Autodesk Privacy Statement by pressing “I Agree”.
  20. Autodesk Inventor will finish loading, and will be ready for use.