AutoCAD 2015 includes a new feature called Application Manager. I’m sure it serves a lofty purpose, but it comes across a lot like the slimy Norton and Adobe updaters that are really just Trojans in disguise. It gets installed by default, with no option to prevent installation. To Autodesk’s credit, they do provide instructions for preventing installation of Application Manager, and instructions for removing it after the fact. Uninstalling requires several additional clicks, as if they really, really want you to think twice before taking such a drastic measure.
I don’t want anything starting when I log into Windows except the bare minimum, so I uninstalled Application Manager forthwith. It can be installed and started manually if I decide to use it later.
If you decide to use Application Manager, there are some configurable settings. There is even a UI for most of the settings (such as disabling the automatic startup), but there’s a catch: to use the UI for changing settings, you first have to agree to the Autodesk Privacy Statement (and give Autodesk access to information about your installed software). I’m sure this is just an oversight, but the paranoid will not find it comforting.
Application Manager settings are stored in a plain text file, located by default at:
“%AppData%AutodeskAutodesk Application Manager.ini”
17 thoughts on “AutoCAD 2015: Managing the Application Manager”
Thanks for the heads up. I’m now will be on a hunt and destroy mission when the time comes to get 2015 products installed here.
Do you know what the App Mgr mighr be doing during the brief time it auto starts and then shuts down? Phone home?
I did check, and it does not appear to be phoning home when AutoRun=false.
You can stop it before installing by hacking the setup.ini file (or the ini files in a deployment). Remove the instances of ADAPPLICATIONMANAGER to do this. I’ll be doing this in all our deployments.
Thanks for the info! Had to disable this from starting for all of my users (our policy prevents them from installing/changing anything on their machines). A quick group policy object to deploy this text file with autorun disabled and we were good to go.
Do you know how to silently uninstall Application Manager? Is there a way to achieve this?
There is an undocumented switch (–mode unattended) that you can add to the end of the uninstall command, but it didn’t work when I tested (in fact, it *started* Application Manager instead of removing it). For example, on Windows 64 bit:
C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAutodesk SharedAppManagerR1removeAdAppMgr.exe --mode unattended
Windows 7 x64 environment: the
--mode unattendedparameter does work for me with Autodesk Application Manager 22.214.171.124 (installed with AutoCAD LT 2015) but I kill the “AdAppMgr.exe” task (
taskkill /F /IM "AdAppMgr.exe" 1>nul 2>nul) and stop the “Autodesk Application Manager Service” service first (
net stop "Autodesk Application Manager Service")
Thanks for the information, Dean.
Regarding silent removal of AD Application Manager …
Running the uninstaller with the “–help” switch specifies that “–mode win32 unattended” is allowed.
“C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAutodesk SharedAppManagerR1removeAdAppMgr.exe” –help
Unfortunately, this is not recognized as well (faulty BitRock uninstall scripting?)
Checked generated uninstall log with the “–mode unattended” switch … and the following log was generated in user’s AppData > Local > Temp folder (AdApplicationManager-uninstall.log)
Log started 11/06/2014 at 09:35:46
Preferred installation mode : unattended
Checking Autodesk Products…
Executing C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAutodesk SharedAppManagerR1AdSdsCheck.exe
Script exit code: 1
Program ended with an error exit code
Error running C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAutodesk SharedAppManagerR1AdSdsCheck.exe : Program ended with an error exit code
Does anyone know what AdSdsCheck.exe does … and how to get a clean (0) exit code from it?
Ed, did you see Dean’s comment?
Yes … confirmed “AdAppMgr.exe” process is not running and stopped the “Autodesk Application Manager Service” … per Dean’s comment.
Running the (–mode unattended) switch results in the log output I specified above … and the “Autodesk Application Manager Service” is started up.
Thanks for the information now I can at least stop the AutoCAD Application Manager from starting every time I restart my machine.
Thank you, simple and efffective instructions.
desactivar autodesk application manager es ir msconfig luego windows de inicio y buscar autodesk application manager y desactivarlo luego te pedira que reinicies la maquina pon si .
Hi. here’s how i solve this issue (after reading the above)
@if not “%1″==”-b” (
title Remove Autodesk Application Manager
if “%ICL%”==”” set ICL=con
echo * Remove Autodesk Application Manager >>%ICL%
@if not “%1″==”-b” pause
echo – Uninstall
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\AppManager\R1\removeAdAppMgr.exe” –mode unattended
echo – Stop
net stop AdAppMgrSvc
taskkill /im AdAppMgr.exe /f
taskkill /im AdAppMgrSvc.exe /f
echo – Delete
rd /s/q “C:\Users\nly10677\AppData\Local\Autodesk\.AdskAppManager”
rd /s/q “C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\AppManager”
reg delete “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Autodesk\Autodesk Application Manager” /f
reg delete “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Autodesk Application Manager” /f
reg delete “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\AdAppMgrSvc” /f
reg delete “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\AdAppMgrSvc” /f
Little correction on the above:
echo – Delete
rd /s/q “C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Autodesk\.AdskAppManager”