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Solved: Autodesk DWG TrueView 2018 on Remote Desktop Services

Luckily this is very similar to Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017 on Remote Desktop Services just with two additional registry values.

Problem: Running DWG TrueView 2018 on Windows Server Remote Desktop Services / Terminal Services (RDS/TS) without having to change permissions or give users administrative privileges.

Solution: Create 11 registry entries per user and setup Group Policy to use dwgviewr.exe to open .dwg files.

Tested on: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2


The registry entries (all String values) can be copied from the user profile that was used when installing DWG TrueView 2018.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\DWG TrueView
    • CurVer
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\DWG TrueView\R16
    • CurVer
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\DWG TrueView\R16\dwgviewr-1001:409
    • AllUsersFolder
    • AutodeskShared32Folder
    • AutodeskSharedFolder
    • DownloadedProgramFilesFolder
    • GraphicsCacheFolder
    • LocalRootFolder
    • PublicFolder
    • RoamableRootFolder
    • SystemFolder

Important: Three of these need tweaking per user (GraphicsCacheFolder, LocalRootFolder, RoamableRootFolder) to point at the appropriate user profile folder.


When each user opens a .dwg file for the first time (or runs DWG TrueView directly) then the Autodesk installer will run and populate all other missing entries automatically (without trying to elevate).

By on November 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comment


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