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Tips for Installing CDS-Documentation

IMPORTANT UPDATE April 2012: We note that the Google Chrome browser sometimes flags the CDS-Documentation software download as "malicious." with this warning in the download status: Malware Warning
We do not know what causes this warning but we have tested the program with the installation instructions below. There is no malicious behavior.

The following instructions are updated with workarounds to accomodate various recent changes in operating systems.

If you are new to CDS-D, skip to #2.

1. If you are an existing CDS-D user installing an upgrade on the same computer, your existing CDS-D data file should survive the process of uninstalling the old version and installing the new version, but it is recommended that you back up your data before proceeding. If you are not sure where your data is located, its location shows on the Back-up dialog box that appears each time you exit the program.

2. If you have a previous version of CDS-D on your computer, we recommend removing it. See uninstalling instructions.

3. Take all the obvious prompts during installation, but be sure to choose "Typical" setup type:

Typical setup
4. If your computer is a 64-bit machine, the CDS folder is now installed in
C:/Program Files (x86)
You will have to MOVE that folder into this location
C:\CDS to C:\Program Files

After installation, open the program from the desktop shortcut.

6. If you see the following error ...

File Path Error
... try right-clicking on the desktop shortcut and choose
"Run as administrator." (as shown below)

Open as Administrator
Or given any operating system, some institutional computing environments may have restrictions that need slight adjustment. Ask your computer administrator to do the following:
Give Authenticated Users Full Control of the "C:\Program Files\CDS\" folder and its subfolders

7. As you open the program, you will see some macro warnings similar to the following three. You can safely click through them as shown. The quickest way is to use your keyboard: Y for Yes; N for No; O for Open.

Macro Warning 1
Macro Warning 2
Macro Warning 3
8. Your initial data file (CDS-Demo.mdb) is now in
C:\Program Files\CDS\Data
but your computer may not allow editing files in this location. We suggest the following procedure:

right-click on the CDS folder in C:\Program Files, choose Properties, and clear "read only" box.


a. Copy the file "CDS-D Demo Data.mdb" from that folder to wherever you keep your data and rename it keeping the .mdb extension. Note where you have placed it

b. Start the CDS-D program, open the File menu, and browse to your new data file.

c. Open the Tools menu and choose "Setup." In the last tab, change the location where you will keep your automatic CDS-D data backup file

9. If you are already a CDS-D user and want to use your original data file, open the file from the File menu as shown below:

Open Data File
10. If you are a new user, check out the online Getting Started web page.


Existing users may wish to preview the new enhancements.

12. Enjoy the program!