AutoCAD LT 2015 Start Menu shortcut broken

Having now noticed that the shortcut entry in the start menu for AutoCAD LT 2015 is broken on several machines I have used, I would go as far as saying this is probably a common issue, however I cannot seem to find much on the internet about it.


The issue is when you click on “AutoCAD LT 2015 – English” under the AutoDesk – AutoCAD LT 2015 – English folder, AutoCAD attempts to configure itself again, even though it is installed and configured. After a short space of time the configuration will fail resulting in a pop-up stating

“Run setup.exe to install AutoCAD LT 2015 – English”

Clicking on the OK button results in another pop-up stating

“Fatal error during installation.”


Not particularly helpful AutoDesk, did you actually test this software? Useless software support as usual. Anyway, as  the desktop shortcut works fine (I hope you didn’t delete it), all you need to do is delete the broken shortcut in the start menu and copy the desktop shortcut into the folder.

To do this, left click on the Windows Blob and then right click on “All Programs” and go to “Open All Users” (under a locked down environment this will need Administrator rights to edit).


Double click on Programs and again on Autodesk and then once more on AutoCAD LT 2015 – English, now you will see a Migrate Custom Settings Folder, Attach Digital Signatures link and the AutoCAD LT 2015 – English link. Delete this link and copy the one from the desktop to this folder. Close window and the Start menu will now have a working link.

5 Replies to “AutoCAD LT 2015 Start Menu shortcut broken”

  1. I had the same problem defined here, i deleted the shortcut specified, and replaced it with the one in the windows start up menu by sending a shortcut to the desktop and copying it to the specified folder.

    In the end nothing happened, it simply had no effect in my situation. I’m still having the same problem when i double click the short cut from start menu, start up bar, or desktop.

    1. When the progam is installed it should create two shortcuts, one is placed on the desktop (which works) and the other is placed in the Start Menu (which doesn’t work), so the one of the desktop replaces the one on the start menu.

      There is a way around this.

      If you browse to C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD LT 2015 and find a file called acadlt.exe you can right click and click “Send to Desktop (Create Shortcut)”. This will create a working shortcut for AutoCAD LT 2015 on the desktop.

      Shortcut Location for AutoCAD LT 2015

      For neatness you can rename the shortcut to “AutoCAD LT 2015 – English” by right clicking on the newly created shortcut and clicking rename.

      Then you can add this shortcut to the Start Menu if you want using my tutorial. Hope this helps!

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