Step 1: Reset AutoCad to System Defaults :
Windows 7 Operating System:
For most versions of AutoCAD 2012 and later (including AutoCAD-based products), the reset utility can be found in the AutoCAD program group located in the Windows Start Menu:
The reset utility gives you the option to back-up your settings first. Once the reset is complete, AutoCAD automatically opens and initiates its secondary installer
Windows 8 Operating System:
Windows 8.1 Operating System:
Windows 10 Operating System:
AutoCAD 2011 and older on the Windows 7 and Windows XP Operating Systems:
For AutoCAD 2011 and older and versions that do not have the Reset utility, one must reinitiate the secondary installer (See Below)
If the problem persists, try to repair the installation from the Control Panel
Reinitiating the secondary installer procedure:
Manually resetting AutoCAD to defaults involves deleting two folders and a registry path. Here are the steps:
Exit out of AutoCAD.
If available, export your current settings to save them as a back-up. Do this by going to Start > All Programs > Autodesk > AutoCAD 20xx > Migrate Custom Settings > Export AutoCAD 20xx Settings. If there is no export utility, manually save a copy of the folders mentioned below.
Delete the following folders:
For Windows Vista and newer:
For Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 20xx
C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD 20xx
Note: These paths contain hidden folders. You must turn on “show hidden files” in Folder Options to see them.
Press WINDOWS-R on the keyboard to bring up the Run window, enter REGEDIT and click OK.
Delete the following registry key (see warning below) (to manually save a backup, right-click > Export):
This path is unique for each version of AutoCAD. You can see what ‘ACAD-xxxx’ refers to by selecting the path and then looking at the keys on the right pane of the Registry Editor. One of the keys will show the install path to the associated version of AutoCAD. The ’40x’ number signifies the language version of AutoCAD.
Launch AutoCAD 20xx to have it rebuild its settings files.
You may be able to import your settings again to restore your AutoCAD settings if your AutoCAD version has an import settings utility. However, after doing this, if the original problem reoccurs, repeat the manual reset process and discard your exported settings.
Note: This process can be done for the newer versions of AutoCAD, even those with a reset utility, for instance, if the reset utility malfunctions or shows errors when run.
AutoCAD for Mac 2014 SP1 and later:
To reset the palettes:
To reset the entire program: