Installing Lertap 5.10

Note 1: these installation comments and directions apply only when a user has opted to download one of the installer programs for Lertap 5, as mentioned in the previous topic.


Note 2: a handy, recommended PDF document with a step-by-step summary of the installation and licensing process (for Windows people using an installer program) may be downloaded here.


When a Lertap installer program runs, it seats Lertap 5's Excel files, such as Lertap5.xlsm, and a small collection of support documents, on your computer. The installer also sets up a Windows startup folder with "shortcuts" to Lertap 5's various files -- these shortcuts may then be found via the Windows start button, or, in the case of Windows 8 and 10, from what is called the "start screen".


On a Windows computer, the default folder for the installation will usually be the user's Documents folder. However, if the installation is made on a computer with multiple accounts, that is, on a computer with more than one user, each with a unique username and password, then someone with administrator rights on the computer should take charge of the installation, and see to it that the Public Documents folder is used. Once Lertap 5 is installed in Public Documents, each user may, if wanted, then copy it to his / her folder of choice -- the advantage to doing this is that it makes it possible for each user to have unique settings for Lertap 5 in the System worksheet.


Care must be taken to see that Lertap 5 is not installed in one of the special Windows folders, such as Program Files. This is because Lertap 5 will often write temporary scratch files for its own internal needs; folders like Program Files generally have restricted access and do not take kindly to temporary scratch files.


Please refer to this document for more comments on installing Lertap 5 on a multiple-user computer.


Once it's installed, Lertap 5 will be configured as what's called a "Mini" system. This is a full-blown version of Lertap5 when it comes to functionality: all of Lertap 5's features will be present and usable. However, the Mini version will process a maximum of 100 cases, or data records. You may have hundreds or thousands of data records ready to analyze, but, unless the Mini version is upgraded as described in the next paragraph, only the first 100 records will be looked at by Lertap 5.


Upgrading the Mini version so that it will process more than 100 records requires a license. These are purchased from the Lertap e-store. Once a license has been obtained, Lertap 5 is activated, or "unlocked", by following steps provided in this document's License menu section.


Related tidbit:


Instead of using one of the Windows installer programs, it might be easier to set up Lertap 5 by downloading a "zip folder" as mentioned in the previous topic.