EclipseCrossword is meant to be installed over the internet. If you want to give EclipseCrossword to a friend, it's easiest just to tell them to go to EclipseCrossword.com and download it there. However, in certain circumstances it would be helpful to put EclipseCrossword on a CD, such as to give to a friend without internet access, or to distribute with a magazine or on a network. Here's how. (You'll need to know how to create a folder, download, copy, and rename files, and work with zip files, as well as how to use your CD burning software.)
Create a folder on your computer where you'll store the files that you're going to burn to a CD. Put the files that you download in this folder.
You'll need to download the EclipseCrossword offline pack, which includes a setup program that works without an internet connection. Then, you'll need the full EclipseCrossword setup package, and the system updates that are necessary for EclipseCrossword to work. Click the links below to download these files, and save them to the folder you created. Name the files exactly as shown in the table below. (Your computer may not show the file's "extension"; for example, "Install EclipseCrossword.msi" may show up as "Install EclipseCrossword". This is okay.)
|Download this file:||And save it with this name:|
|EclipseCrossword offline pack||EclipseCrossword offline pack.zip|
|EclipseCrossword setup package||Install EclipseCrossword.msi|
|Windows Installer for Windows 9x||InstMsiA.exe|
|Windows Installer for Windows NT/2000||InstMsiW.exe|
|Visual Basic 6 runtime||vbrun60sp5.exe|
Once you've downloaded the above five files, go back and make sure once more that they're named exactly as they are in the table; this is important.
(You'll need a program that can unzip "zip files," such as WinZip. Your computer may already have a program that does this, and it is built into new versions of Windows.)
Open the EclipseCrossword offline pack in your unzip program by double-clicking on it. (You saved it in the folder you just created.) Extract all of the files from this zip file to the folder you created.
Once you've unzipped the contents of the EclipseCrossword offline pack, you don't need the original zip file anymore, so you can delete it. The offline pack also contained a link to the page you're reading now, which you can delete as well.
|Delete these files:|
|EclipseCrossword offline pack.zip|
You should have the following files in the folder you created, with the names exactly as shown.
|You should have this file:||It came from:|
|Autorun.exe||EclipseCrossword offline pack|
|Autorun.inf||EclipseCrossword offline pack|
|Install EclipseCrossword.msi||You downloaded this file|
|InstMsiA.exe||You downloaded this file|
|InstMsiW.exe||You downloaded this file|
|Setup.exe||EclipseCrossword offline pack|
|vbrun60sp5.exe||You downloaded this file|
Now, you can burn the contents of this folder to a CD. Open your CD writing software (or, if you have Windows XP, you can open My Computer and then your CD burner). Then, select all of the files in this folder and drag them into the CD window (don't drag the folder that contains the files). Then, burn the files as you normally would. Alternatively, you can also put these files in a shared network location or zip them up.
That's it! If you follow the above instructions to burn these files to CD, your friend should be able to install EclipseCrossword without an internet connection.
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