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Installation of EasyReg International

There are two ways to install EasyReg International:

1. Standard setup

Download and run the following self-extracting Winzip file:

This program opens with the window

WinZip extractor

Upon clicking Unzip the program extracts all the setup files of the current version of EasyReg International in folder c:\EasyReg.tmp. You may change the default root folder c:\ in the Unzip to folder box to the root folder of any other drive (for example d:\), but you cannot change the folder name EasyReg.tmp because it is embedded in ERI_INST.EXE.

To install EasyReg, run EasyReg.tmp\SETUP.EXE

During the installation you may get a message that certain Windows system files cannot be registered. If so, click Ignore.

Windows Vista, 7 and 8

EasyReg creates a subfolder Temp in the folder where EasyReg is installed. This subfolder is used to store the setting of EasyReg. Under Windows Vista, 7 and 8 it is therefore recommended to install EasyReg outside the c:\Program Files folder, because these Windows versions may not allow EasyReg to write files in subfolders of the c:\Program Files folder. If your hard drive is partioned in a C and D drive, the C drive may be entirely write protected. In that case install EasyReg on the D drive. In any case, under Windows Vista, 7 and 8 you should run EasyReg.tmp\SETUP.EXE as administrator. Finally, under Windows 8 you may need to set the compatibility mode of SETUP.EXE to Windows XP.

2. Stand-alone setup

Because the standard setup was designed under Windows 98, it may not work under some versions of Windows, in particular Windows Vista and 7. Also, the setup of EasyReg may fail on network PC's for which you do not have administrative privileges.

The solution is to bypass Windows by "installing" EasyReg as a stand-alone program suite, as follows:

Download and run the self-extracting WinZip file

This program open with the window

WinZip extractor

Once you click Unzip, all the EasyReg files and necessary Windows system files will be extracted in default folder c:\EasyRegStandAlone. Again, you may change the default root folder c:\ in the Unzip to folder box to the root folder of any other drive (for example d:\) with at least 100 MB free space. However, the folder name "EasyRegStandAlone" is embedded in EASYREG_STAND_ALONE.EXE and can therefore not be changed.

Next, create a shortcut on your desktop to c:\EasyRegStandAlone\EASYREG.EXE. (Note that Windows may not display the extension ".EXE")

That's all!

If you copy the folder EasyRegStandAlone to a USB drive, or unzip the contents of EASYREG_STAND_ALONE.EXE directly to a USB drive, you can run EasyReg via EasyRegStandAlone\EASYREG.EXE on the USB drive on any Windows PC without installing it, because all the necessary system files are included in this folder EasyRegStandAlone.

Note that this version of EasyReg will not show up in the list of installed programs in "Control Panel > Programs", and therefore cannot be uninstalled in the usual way. If you want to uninstall it, simply delete the folder EasyRegStandAlone and any shortcut to EasyRegStandAlone\EASYREG.EXE.

Moreover, I have not tested the stand-alone version of EasyReg under Windows 8 and 10 (I am using Windows 7 professional), but the standard setup version works under Windows 8.

Installation on a Windows network server

There is no essential difference between installing EasyReg on a network server or on a PC, except that the network version of EasyReg needs to be initialized by running it once with the EasyReg folder not write protected. See the EasyReg web page for further instructions on how to install EasyReg on a network server.

Running EasyReg

EasyReg works under non-English versions of Windows as well, as long as the language involved uses a roman alphabet, for example German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and French Windows versions. However, EasyReg may not work with languages that use a non-roman alphabet such as Japanese and Chinese. If the EasyReg menus do not open automatically when you move the mouse pointer over them, the problem is likely due to the language setting for non-Unicode programs (EasyReg is such a program). To fix the problem, open Control Panel > Regional and Language Options, and on the "Advanced" tab, under "Language for non-Unicode programs", select English. Click here for detailed instructions. This will fix the problem without affecting the language of Windows itself.

If the EasyReg menus open, but most of the submenus are disabled, consult the Help menu and the guided tours on how to import data for answers.

If you get "Run-time error '75': Path/File access error" when you run EasyReg for the first time, the problem is likely due to a write-protected EasyReg folder (c:\Program Files\EasyReg International). This may happen under Windows Vista and 7. It appears that some versions of Vista and 7 limit access to the c:\Program Files folder. If you are unable to undo the write-protection involved, reinstall EasyReg outside c:\Program Files, for example in c:\EasyReg International.

When you run EasyReg for the first time, EasyReg will ask you first for your name, then to agree with a liability waiver, and next it opens with the following prompt:

No data

Some first-time EasyReg users have interpreted this as an installation error. However, you should follow the instructions on this prompt!

Upgrading an older version of EasyReg International

Upgrading EasyReg via menu item WWW > Upgrade EasyReg to the latest version

If you have already installed an older version of EasyReg (with date before September 20, 2012), the menu item "WWW > Upgrade EasyReg to the latest version" may no longer work. If so, you have to replace the EasyReg executable files EASYREG.EXE, ERIUPGRADE.EXE and URLHJB.TXT with the following new versions:

Download and save these three files (don't run the EXE files!) to a temporary folder, for example c:\Temp.

Next, copy c:\Temp\EASYREG.EXE, c:\Temp\ERIUPGRADE.EXE and c:\Temp\URLHJB.TXT to the EasyReg folder, run EasyReg and upgrade EasyReg via menu item "WWW > Upgrade EasyReg to the latest version". Note that the files EASYREG.EXE, ERIUPGRADE.EXE and URLHJB.TXT may show up in the list of files to be upgraded, because the downloaded versions may get the download dates rather than the creation dates.

After that the menu item "WWW > Upgrade the EasyReg guided tours" works too.

The file URLHJB.TXT now contains the path to my new website at http://www.personal.psu.edu/hxb11/. The former website at http://grizzly.la.psu.edu/~hbierens/ has been decommissioned. Therefore, replace at least URLHJB.TXT in the EasyReg folder with the new version.

This version of EasyReg depends on more Windows system files than the versions before September 20, 2012. Therefore, it is not guaranteed that upgrading EasyReg via "WWW > Upgrade EasyReg to the latest version" works. If not, uninstall the old EasyReg version, then install the current version, and replace URLHJB.TXT in the EasyReg folder. Next, run menu item "WWW > Upgrade EasyReg to the latest version" first and then run menu item "WWW > Upgrade the EasyReg guided tours".

Database

If you have messed up the EasyReg database files, click here.

Miscellaneous modules

Miscellaneous modules are modules based on my work in progress, in particular my current work on semi-nonparametric estimation of duration models. See "Menu > Miscellaneous modules" in EasyReg. These modules are not included in the EasyReg setup; they have to be downloaded separately. However, EasyReg works fine without these modules. But if you insist, you can add them to EasyReg as follows. Open and run the self-extracting WinZip file:

Then the files involved are extracted in default folder c:\Program Files\EasyReg International

Guided tours

Instead of a user's manual, EasyReg comes with a variety of guided tours. These guided tours are HTM files which can be viewed via Internet Explorer, or the default web browser if Internet Explorer is absent. The following guided tours are available, and can be downloaded via menu item WWW > Upgrade the EasyReg guided tours, in the current EasyReg version.

Note that the previous procedures for downloading the guided tours have been discontinued!

Guided tours on data import:

Guided tours on data analysis:

Guided tours on single equation models:

Guided tours on multiple equation models:

Guided tours on user-defined nonlinear models:

Online guided tours

Note that these guided tours are also available online. The online guided tours can also be accessed via EasyReg International.

Bug repairs and additions not yet included in the current version

Bug After you have downloaded or upgraded EasyReg International it is recommended that you check out regularly which bugs have been repaired and which new features have been added. There may be further upgrades and bug repairs not yet included in the current version. These further upgrades and bug repairs, if any, are posted here.

Note that the date on the EasyReg front window is the compilation date, i.e., the date of the installation file ERI_INST.EXE, but not necessarily the date of the latest upgrade.

EasyReg International Source Code

The Visual Basic 5.0 source code of EasyReg International is now downloadable from the web as a Winzip file:

The EasyReg International source code and the EasyReg International program suite itself are herewith licensed under the Open Software Licence version 3.0. In this license the "Original Work" is EasyReg International, inclusive its source code, and the "Licensor" is Herman J. Bierens.

By downloading EasyReg International and its source code you automatically agree to accept all the conditions in this license. In particular, this license gives you the right to use, distribute, modify and further develop EasyReg International free of charge, provided that such a modified or further developed version remains open source freeware under the Open Software Licence version 3.0.



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