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Run 3ds max on Windows 8

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Run 3ds max on Windows 8


Windows 8 Consumer Preview

1. Open Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features >click Turn Windows features on or Off

2. Select .NET Framework 3.5.1 feature and click Ok, Windows downloads required files connecting to Windows Update

3. installed 3dsmax 2012 on Win8 Consumer Preview Build 8250 without any tweaks. Just run “Setup.exe” ;)
.NET 3.5 SP1 would be downloaded/installed automatically.


Window 8 developer Preview

- First download Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64) (haven”t tried for 32bit) and install it.

Here is the link with SP1


- I simply turn off the .net framework 3.5 and 4.5 from windows features which already enabled with Win8. Try installing again It will probably ask you .net framework 3.5 to proceed. (If you choose to continue It updates the Net framework.)

- After installed the Visual C++ 2008 and managed the .Net framework `side by side` error disappears but I had another error which regarding an DirectX issue. `d3dx9_43.dll is missing` afterwards

-I wouldnt recommend to download individual dll file. I used DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer from Microsoft



- Restarting your PC would be okay after setting up DirectX

- Try to install again right after clean remove.(If you have any issues like unexpected install failure try to repair just as I experienced )

- If you changed the compatibility mode to win7 or lower before, keep in mind to clear that changes to default.

and… Here it is running 3ds max on Win8.

Hope you sort it out without having any issues.

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About the Author:

Omid Ghotbi امید قطبی the manager of beautiful Mind Animation Group Company. born in iran-kerman and grow up in Ahvaz and now living in Tehran. work in many field such as art university master in esfahan art university and "naghshe jahan" university, Tehran art university, Parse animation company, Beautiful Mind Animation company, "Honarnamaye Parsiana" Game company, work on many great project as Hotel "Takhte jamshid (Kish)" and Hotel Toos (mashhad) and great animations and movies like "Asmani baraye setare", Tehran Metro, Iran art Musium, "Sang va Neyrang", "Safar be borje hamood" and more plane,work with many 3d software like 3ds max, Soft image XSI, Maya, VUE, MotionBuilder ,Mudbox


  1. Rodrigo  March 30, 2012

    Hi! thanks for the guide, but sadly that didn’t worked for me :( (consumer preview) did you know any other way to make it work??

    • TAO  March 31, 2012

      you did what i told you step by step ?

      • Rodrigo  April 4, 2012

        yes, many times indeed, and nothing, even i follow the steps for the developer preview and nothing :S

        • Rodrigo  April 5, 2012

          in fact, the feature .NET framework 3.5.1 do not apear to me, only say 3.5.
          Also, if i disable the 4.5, the 3.5 also disables, i need to have both enabled, 3.5 and 4.5.

          • TAO  April 8, 2012

            I add some picture for how to do that in post just refresh the page.
            if you have this problem again just tell me when you are on line then i try to fix it for you with team viewer.
            be happy.

  2. TAO  April 8, 2012

    you can try this for offline install .net frame work 3.5 …
    1- Insert the Windows 8 Installation CD
    2- Open a command prompt as administrator
    3- Run the command “xcopy e:\sources\sxs\*.* c:\dotnet35 /s“
    4- Run the command “Dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:c:\dotnet35 /LimitAccess“

  3. Simon  October 30, 2012

    Worked perfectly for me – thank you :)

  4. Lamanamana  December 12, 2012

    The “Starting 3dMax” than crash can be consed by your graphics card as well….

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