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Install/Uninstall SOIC software

Installation Instructions

Before installing the SOIC System, close all other active applications.

Once you have saved the file, you may open the file with WinZip or a compatible decompression utility. If using WinZip, click the Install button in the button bar at the top of the open window. WinZip will automatically run the appropriate installation package for you.

Software files that have been decompressed using the WinZip utility.

If you are using another compatible decompression utility, "unzip" the contents of the file and run the installation process by double clicking on the SETUP.EXE.

The installation program begins copying files it needs into your \WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder and other locations. After a few additional moments, the Installation program displays a dialog box window:

First installation dialogue box - Welcome. Click Next to continue.

If you believe that there is any chance that you have forgotten to close an application, you can move to the open tasks with alt+tab and close them now. Otherwise, click on the Next button or press ENTER. A second window appears:

Second installation dialogue box - readme file. Click Next to continue.

This is the readme file that describes the requirements needed to install the software, notably the requirement for a version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you believe you have met these requirements, click on Next. The following window appears:

Third installation dialogue box - enter name and company. Click Next to continue.

This window requires you to personalize your copy of the SOIC System. When you are done, the Next button lights up. Use it or press ENTER to move to the next window:

Fourth installation dialogue box - select destination directory. Default is c:\Program Files\SOIC. Click Next to continue.

You can use the Browse button in this box to identify the drive and folder in which you want the SOIC System installed. If you do not specify a drive and folder, the Installation program will place the program in C:\Program Files\SOIC. Click on Next when you are finished.

The next window prompts you for the program folder name where you would like the SOIC icon to appear. You can type in a different name if you prefer:

Fifth installation dialogue box - identify program folder where the SOIC icon will appear. Click Next to continue.

Click on Next, and the program now displays a configuration confirmation window:

Sixth installation dialogue box - confirm current settings. Click Next to continue.

The Installation Program begins copying SOIC files to the appropriate folders. While the SOIC files are copied, the program displays a screen similar to the following example:

Seventh installation dialogue box - track installation progress.

After copying the SOIC files, the program may need to install the Microsoft Jet files. If so, a window similar to the following will appear as the Jet files are copied:

Last installation screen - only appears if Microsoft Jet files need to be installed.

You may receive a message indicating that you must restart your computer before running SOIC. If you wish to run SOIC immediately, leave the “Yes, I want to restart” radio button selected, and click on the Finish button. Otherwise, click on the radio button labeled “No, I will restart my computer later.”

The SOIC system is now installed.

Every installation dialog box gives you the option of leaving the Installation program by clicking on the Cancel button or pressing ESC. If an installation is interrupted, you will need to begin the installation process all over again, from the beginning. The Installation program, however, is smart enough to detect files it has already copied, and it will not try to copy these files again. Restarting an interrupted installation, therefore, does not take as long as performing a new installation from scratch.

Uninstall, Copying, or Deleting the SOIC System

When the previous SOIC version 1.3 was installed on systems running Windows 3.x, it was possible to move or copy an installed system to a new location, such as a LAN folder, if you followed certain precautions and took certain steps. Under Windows 95 and later operating systems, however, the SOIC System should not be moved manually. Windows 95 logs all applications in the “Registry.” Moving applications manually can confuse the Registry and various errors can result.

We recommend that you use the installation program to place the system in any new location. If you want to remove the system from a location, use the Windows de-installation feature. You can find this feature by opening the Start menu, choosing the Settings option, then opening the Control Panel window. One of the items in the Control Panel window is named “Add/Remove Programs.” Double click on this icon or name. The Add/Remove Programs Properties dialog box opens. A list box in the dialog box displays the names of a number of applications. Find the name “SOIC.” (You may need to scroll down the list to find SOIC.) Highlight the name and click on the Add/Remove button.

Possible Error Conditions

Under some circumstances, the SOIC System may not run after the installation process has successfully completed. In almost all cases, the remedy is to de-install the SOIC System and then reinstall it.

Note that because the Installation Program does not overwrite current versions of files, the SOIC System can fail to run if a current version of a DLL or other \WINDOWS\SYSTEM file is corrupted. For example, opening a DLL with a word processor and saving it can destroy its ability to function-while at the same time leaving it with a date so recent that the Installation program will not touch it. If you suspect that one or more system files are corrupt, delete them with Windows Explorer, de-install SOIC, and reinstall it.