# Installing *Mathematica* on Windows

## Installing *Mathematica* for Network Licenses

### Requirements

*Mathematica* is available for Windows, Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X. For a complete list of platform availability, visit

www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/platforms.html. Any supported machine can act as a client for running

*Mathematica*, provided the following two conditions are met:

- The client has access to the
*Mathematica* files, either locally or from a file server on the network.

- The license server running
*MathLM* is available on the TCP/IP network.

A license server can also function as its own client. However, this is not recommended. If the machine has to be rebooted for any reason, the serving of licenses to all other clients on the network may be disrupted.

Before you install

*Mathematica* as a license server client,

*MathLM* should already be installed and running on a license server on the network (see "

Installing *MathLM*" for details). To complete the

*Mathematica* installation, you will need to know the name or IP address of the license server running

*MathLM*.

To install

*Mathematica* on Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista, you must have administrative privileges.

### To Install *Mathematica*:

1. Insert the

*Mathematica* CD. The

*Mathematica* CD window appears on your screen. Click the button labeled

Install *Mathematica* to a hard disk.

2. The

*Mathematica* Setup window appears. By default,

*Mathematica* is installed in the directory C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\6.0. To choose another destination directory, click

Browse. Click

Install when you are ready to begin copying files.

3. Once all the files are copied to your disk, a dialog box appears asking you to either enter your license information now or wait until later. Select

Enter license information now, and then click

Finish.

4. *Mathematica* starts up and the following password dialog box appears. Select

Network License. Then enter the name or IP address of the license server running

*MathLM* in the text field provided.

5. Click

OK. You are now ready to start using

*Mathematica*.

## Installing *Mathematica* for Single-User Licenses

Follow these instructions to install a standalone copy of

*Mathematica* that does not get a license from a license server. Depending on your license type, this may require contacting Wolfram Research to purchase additional licenses.

To run

*Mathematica*, you must register with Wolfram Research and receive a password. See

"Registration and Passwords" for further information.

To install

*Mathematica* on Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista, you must have administrative privileges.

### To Install a Single-Machine Copy of *Mathematica* on Windows:

1. Insert the

*Mathematica* CD. The

*Mathematica* CD window appears on your screen. Click the button labeled

Install Mathematica to a hard disk.

2. The

*Mathematica* Setup window appears. By default,

*Mathematica* is installed in the directory C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\6.0. To choose another destination directory, click

Browse. Click

Install when you are ready to begin copying files.

3. Once all the files are copied to your disk, a dialog box appears asking you to either enter your license information now or wait until later. Select

Enter license information now, and then click

Finish.

4. *Mathematica* starts up and the following password dialog box appears. Select

Single Machine. Then enter your name, the name of your organization, and your license number (printed on your license certificate) in the text fields provided. Click

OK when you are done.

5. The following dialog box appears showing the MathID number for your machine. To obtain your password, click the

Web button, go to

register.wolfram.com, or contact Wolfram Research (see

"Registration and Passwords" for further information). You will need to supply your license number and your MathID number.

6. Enter your password and click

OK.

## Installing *Mathematica* from a File Server

One convenient way to install

*Mathematica* is to run the installer remotely from a file server. This is an efficient way of making

*Mathematica* available to a large number of users without having to supply a CD to each one.

Installing

*Mathematica* from a file server requires first copying the installer executable and all files in the

*Mathematica* distribution from the CD onto the file server.

1. Insert the

*Mathematica* CD into the drive on the file server. Open a

My Computer window, then right-click the CD in the list and select

Open.

2. An Explorer window appears showing the contents of the CD-ROM. Select the Windows folder.

3. Copy the Windows folder from the CD to a location on the file server accessible to external users over the network.

Once this step is complete, you can install the

*Mathematica* files on each client.

4. From the client, connect to the file server and open the Windows directory that was created on the file server.

5. Double-click the file

Setup.exe to launch the installer.

6. Follow the same steps as for installing off a CD (see

Network License and

Single-User License).

## Installing *Mathematica* from a Script

If you are installing

*Mathematica* on multiple machines, it can be time-consuming to respond to all the installer prompts on each individual machine. Instead, you can run a silent installation by using a response file. A response file is a plain text file that contains answers to the installer prompts. There are two configurable parameters in a response file, FolderName and InstallDir. It is important that you do not change any parts of the response file other than the values of these parameters, or the installation will fail.

FolderName—The name of the folder for *Mathematica* icons created in the Start menu.

InstallDir—The directory in which *Mathematica* should be installed.

The response file install.iss is included in the Windows directory of your CD. This file contains the default responses used by the installer.

The following instructions explain how to write a simple script to silently install

*Mathematica* from a file server. These instructions require that you have a mathpass file with a valid password.

### To Create a Script that Performs a Silent *Mathematica* Installation:

1. Follow the instructions in the first part of

"Installing *Mathematica* from a File Server", to copy the installer and files from the CD to a file server.

2. If you need to change the value of any of the default parameters in the response file, open the file install.iss in a text editor and make the required changes. Be sure that you do not change any parts of the file except the values of the parameters FolderName and InstallDir, or the installation will fail.

3. Copy your mathpass file to the same directory on the file server as the response file, installer, and

*Mathematica* files.

4. Open Notepad () and type the following lines into a new file.

5. Change all instances of

\\server\math to the pathname of the network share where the

*Mathematica* installation files and mathpass file were copied.

6. Change

"C:\Directory\Name" to the directory listed here for your version of Windows. Be sure to enclose the name of the directory in quotes.

7. To save the file, choose . Save the file in the same directory as the

*Mathematica* installation files. Type the filename install.bat, and choose

All Files from the

Save as type popup menu. Click

Save, then quit Notepad.

### To Perform a Silent *Mathematica* Installation:

1. On the client, open a

Command Prompt window, type the pathname of the install.bat file, and press

Enter. For example, if the network share is called \\server\math, type:

2. The installation is now complete. If you see any messages other than those printed here, check the file C:\Windows\Temp\install.log on the client machine for further information.

Installing

*Mathematica* in this way eliminates the need to take the CD to each client machine, and saves time by allowing you to run a simple script instead of responding to the installer questions.