|F.A.Q. > Installing a NEW release of SimPE without an Installer (.rar)|
|Stormwench||posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:49 pm|
The Latest version of SimPE (0.68) was released as an archived file - a .rar. Follow these instructions for unarchiving the .rar into a new directory for SimPE.
As often as possible we will try and release SimPE with an installer; however, if the developers that write the installer are not available and we need to get a release to you to support a new EP aor SP, we will release an archived version. For people familar with .rar its a simple matter of:
The detailed version here is for people who have not worked with archived versions in the past.
Always do a New Directory/Clean install for any new full release or if having trouble after installing a new QA release. Adding to or installing over previous installations usually work fine for QA tests but to avoid issues with a NEW RELEASE and what version or part version you might have already installed can cause conflicts that make it hard for us to help you fix when we do not know what files you might have installed over. SAVE yourself extra work and many bugreports by creating a new directory and doing a clean install before following the directions for installing. We can't tell you how important it is to be installing a new release as a clean install, its that important and a habit one should get into doing. This also will save you time if you encounter an issue in the new release that prevents you from using it the old version is available.
New Directory install simply means that you Create a new SimPE directory preferably with a new name such as C:\Program Files\SimPE_versionnumber (IE. C:\Program Files\SimPE_66) and then follow the steps below to install from an archive.
Note: A New Directory and/or a clean install does mean that you will loose templates and any plugins not included with the simPE archive. You will also need to check your simPE settings such as ident and the path to your DDS tools install. Instructions for how to handle this you will find following the installation and troubleshooting steps below.
A. Installing SimPE from an Archive (ie .rar or .zip) on XP Systems:
B. Installing SimPE from an Archive (ie .rar or .zip) on VISTA Systems:
For Templates and Plugins you commonly use - AFTER A New Diectory or CLEAN INSTALL
When you have done a clean install you will have lost your Photo Studio Templates, the Base Careers for the Career editor and some plugins like Theo's editors. You will need to reinstall them or unarchive them and copy them to the correct directory in your clean install. The Photo Studio and Career Bases are downloaded from the simPE download page and thero's plugins from his site (see link in the main Forum Index). You will need to install these anytime you do a clean install so it is a good way to make sure that you are using the most updated plugins and templates. Go to Preferences and set your simPE settings such as advanced mode, auto backups on or off, path to your DDS Tools installation, etc. Make sure you run SimPE one time before installing PhotoStudio templates so the registry has changed to your new simPE location and the installer works correctly.
ALWAYS do a clean install with a new directory/directory name when you are installing any new release before reporting bugs or other problems. More then 80% of the issues reported after a new release is installed are do to installing SimPE over an older version. Doing this also means you have the old version available if you encounter a problem that keeps you from using the new release.
Note: After you run this new install of SimPE.exe for the first time (from the new directory) the registry will be changed to point to your new install. So after that first run if you double click on a .package or other simPE file extension, run an plugin installer that needs to know the path to the newest install etc, the registry will point to the correct - new installation. REMEMBER this in case, for some reason, you run the simPE.exe from an old install - the registry will then change and point to the old install, and you will need to run the simpe.exe in the new install to point it back.