You don’t need the following instructions if when you insert the CD into your CD drive, an installer app appears prompting you to install the CD to your computer.
However, if the CD starts to run the program itself from the CD (as a few are designed to do without installing) then the following instructions will show you how to perform a manual FULL INSTALL of the program from the CD to your hard drive, so you no longer need the CD in the drive to run the Bible program.
Full Install Help
Some of our software CDs were mastered without an installation program. They were designed to run directly from the CD drive without needing to install files to your hard drive. We did that to save space on our customers’ hard drives “back in the day” when Sunday School computers typically had less storage space, and certain programs were very large.
However, we have always permitted and helped our customers to manually install of those programs that were designed to run from the CD and not install –in cases where the leader didn’t want the kids or teachers handling the CD (potentially losing or scratching them), and in cases where the church computer didn’t have a CD drive, or their CD drive was too slow to adequately present the program.
Since the beginning of 2017, we have also started to offer more “site licenses” on certain CDs, meaning, you pay a heavily discounted price for the right to install the site licensed program on X number of computers. In those cases, we send you ONE CD to do the installation with, along with a written site license authorizing X number of installations from the CD. This is on the honor system. If you paid for only one copy, and not a site licensed copy, you have the right to do a manual full install on one computer only.
In cases where the site licensed CD does not have an automatic installer, you will need to manually install the CD’s contents on each computer that you are licensed for. There are instructions printed ON the site license itself, but this webpage provides more details.
After you perform the following “full manual install,” you can put the CD away for safekeeping.
Look for the Print link at the bottom of this page.
The brief version for techies:
Copy all the CD’s files into a new folder on your harddrive, such as, C:\Program File (x86). Then, create a desktop shortcut to the folder’s startup file. Done.
The Step-by-Step version for those who are unsure about how to copy files from a CD to a folder on their computer:
- Open FILE EXPLORER in Windows. If you don’t know where it is, type “File Explorer” in the Windows search field located in the bottom left corner of your taskbar.
- In File Explorer, navigate to your c:\Program Files(x86).
- In the Program Files (x86) folder, select the NEW FOLDER icon and give it the name of your CD. (You can also right click an empty area in that folder, select “Create New Folder” and give it a name.)
- Insert the CD in your drive. If you don’t have a CD drive, go to a computer that does and copy the entire contents of the CD to a USB flash drive, and bring the USB flash drive to the computer and plug it in.
- In FILE EXPLORER, find your CD drive (perhaps it is letter D:), or USB drive, and double click it to open it. You should now be looking at all the files and folders on the CD.
- COPY all the files and folders on the CD by highlighting all of them with your mouse, then RIGHT clicking your mouse (with the arrow hovering over the highlighted file area) and selecting COPY from the pop up menu.
- Navigate back to c:\Program Files(x86) and double click the new folder you created (in step 3) to open it.
- Right click in the right pane of that new folder and select PASTE to PASTE all the files you copied from the CD. If Windows asks you for permission, give it.
- You now have all the CD’s contents pasted (installed) to your new folder on the hard drive and can put the CD away for safekeeping. Now you just need to create a Desktop Shortcut to start the program.
- To create a Desktop Shortcut to the program, in the new folder (where you just pasted all the CD’s files), RIGHT CLICK the “exe” file (the program’s start-up or “application” file).
(Sometimes it is called by the same name as the CD, or sometimes “Start.”)
- Select “SEND TO” and then “Desktop (Create a Shortcut).” This will put a clickable icon on your Desktop. (You can customize the name of that clickable desktop link by right clicking it and selecting RENAME.)
Your screens might look different depending on your version of Windows.
- Open File Explorer (formerly called “Windows Explorer”) in Windows:
2. Then navigate to c:\Program Files (x86)
3. In the Program Files (x86) folder, you need to create a New Folder there to hold all the files on your CD. Give is a name while you’re there, such as, the name of the CD:
4. Then you need to copy all the files from the CD itself. To do this, highlight all the file on the CD, RIGHT click them and select COPY.
5. Now you need to navigate back to your New Folder in the Program Files (x86) folder and PASTE all those files into your new folder:
6. Then you need to RIGHT click the startup/application file in the New Folder you created (that has all the files pasted from the CD), and click “Send to” and “Desktop” create shortcut.
7. Now you can start the program from the Desktop and put the CD away for safekeeping.
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