Pathways Direct Run

Downloading and Decompressing the Files

To use Pathways without installing it, you must first prepare a folder on your hard drive to put the Pathways files. Then download the "Pathways Direct" self-decompressing zip file, called "PathwaysDirect_V5R0.exe". Put this file in the folder you created and run it. (You can run it by viewing the contents of the folder and double-clicking it.)

This window will appear:

Fill in the folder where you want the files put, and click "UnZip".

The files will be copied into the folder, and finally a message will be displayed telling you that the files were unzipped. Click O.K. to acknowledge the message.

Running the software

One of the files copied into the folder is "Pathways.EXE". That is the main Pathways program. To run it, open the folder and double-click "Pathways.Exe".

When you run the program the first time, you will be required to accept a license, and the license acceptance will be stored in the same folder where Pathways.exe is found. After that, you can run any of the programs that come with pathways (any of the ".EXE" files in the folder).

When you run Pathways the first time, it creates a sub-folder to hold your data files. Pathways is configured to look in that folder for the files by default.

If you want to use the software on any computer, just copy the downloaded folder (including the sub-folder) to the memory stick. That will put all the software and your own data files (your plans, addresses, etc.) onto the memory stick. To use the software, insert the memory stick into the computer, open the folder to find Pathways.exe, and double-click it to run.

Note that when you insert a memory stick into a computer, it will automatically assign a drive letter to the memory stick. The drive letter may be different on different computers, depending on which drive letters are available. Pathways will automatically detect the drive letter so that it is the default drive for Pathways data files.

For more details about using an Pathways via a memory stick, refer to the documentation included in the online help in the "technical reference" section. (To view help, run Pathways and choose "Help" from the "Help" menu.)

Removing Pathways

If you are running Pathways from a memory stick, then all you need to do to "remove" Pathways is exit Pathways and all accessory programs that you might be running, and then remove the memory stick.

NOTE: To ensure that the memory stick is not in use before you remove it, newer versions of windows will typically have a "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the tool-bar. Click this, and Windows will check to ensure it is not in use. If the memory stick is "in use" for no apparent reason, check if there are any programs running on your computer that use Visual Basic V5 runtime libraries and close those programs.

IF you are running Pathways from a hard drive, to remove the software first make sure that it isn't running (close all programs) and then delete the folder where you put the Pathways software. One caution: if you are keeping your data files in a sub-folder, that would delete those too. If you want to keep the files, keep a copy elsewhere.

Also, if you created a short-cut to the software using Windows, right click it and choose "delete" from the pop-up list.

NOTE that because you never installed Pathways, you won't be able to remove it using the "Add or Remove Programs" in the Control Panel. As far as Windows is concerned, Pathways is just another file--not an installed program.

What about the Windows registry?

Pathways does not alter the Windows registry, so you have nothing to clean up there. If you had installed Pathways, the installer uses the registry; however, Pathways itself does not.)

Most software packages write to the registry as part of the install procedure--and writing to the registry of a Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 computer requires that you have Admin rights on your computer. In many large corporations, only the I.T. department has access to do that; individual users do not. That's because the registry is critical to Windows operation, and the corporation doesn't want to take any risk of it being updated improperly. Using Pathways uninstalled doesn't alter the registry, which makes things easier for both you and your I.T. department.

The design of Pathways intentionally minimizes reliance on external components in order to improve the reliability of Pathways. Pathways does not install any ActiveX controls or other such components. In the direct run version, the run-time DLLs are kept in the same folder as Pathways.EXE, so when you erase the folder it is all removed.