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"Failed to update system registry" error when starting AutoCAD.

A - answer AutoCAD 2002/2000/i requires higher user rights in Windows. You need to be a member of the (at least) Power users group. See Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Users and groups.

For AutoCAD 2004 (and higher) the normal user rights are enough.

From Jürgen Hiltebrandt:
Alternatively, you can try to assign Registry permissions for full access of normal users to the following Registry hives (for AutoCAD 2002):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AutoCAD.Drawing
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AutoCAD.Drawing.15
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8E75D913-3D21-11d2-85C4-080009A0C626}
(just right-click on the hive in REGEDIT and set the Permissions)
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100% Win2000,WinNT,WinXP  CAD 
2.10.2003    76654x   FAQ  
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