Installation FAQ – Windows 2000 and Windows XP

Installation FAQ: Windows 2000 and Windows XP

What user privileges are required to install the Framework Freeviewer and its associated datasets?

Only power user privileges are required to run the set up programs. Therefore when you see the following screen prompt (as shown on Windows 2000) it is not necessary to use the Administrator option.

Power User privileges Run As Dialog

However by default on windows, people who only have user privileges cannot run installations or alter the computer settings.

Can I always accept the default folder locations for the installation?

By default the application (Software) set up defaults to C:\Program files. You may however install the software in any location you prefer, if you have the necessary permissions to do so.

By default the data is installed in the logged on users My Documents folder under Framework Archaeology \ Archpublisher \Projects \ A_Project_Name. However you can install the data in any preferred location. However depending on the policies in use in your organisation, this may have some implications, if you intend multiple users to share the same installation of the data.

Often users can only view files in another user’s My Documents folder. Since the Framework Freeviewer needs to write to a single file in the chosen data directory, it is necessary to install to a folder which is writeable for all the proposed users.

If you wish to install for multiple users on a network you may like to consult the network installation guide for help on how to do this most effectively for your organisation.

There is also a walk-through on changing the default folder locations.

Why does the installer appear to hang with the screen saying ‘Configuring Windows Installer’? After a while the progress bar does not seem to progress.

It is unlikely that the installer has actually hung at this point. The Data installations are very large and contain many files which need to be unpacked before they can be installed. This operation seems to be processor dependent and so the operation takes longer on older computers. Typically, you only need to wait for the operation to complete and move you to the next stage of the wizard.

However, if you have on-access virus scanning activated and it is set to scan several levels into the installation file this can dramatically lengthen the time taken at this stage. Therefore if you find that you have waited more than about twenty minutes, you may like to consider scanning the file before it is installed and then installing with the on-access scanning disabled for compressed files.

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