1. You may encounter a screen that says "Windows protected your PC - Windows Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk." There is a More info link and a Don't run button. Click More info, then click the Run Anyway button.
2. In Windows Vista you may encounter extra warnings for security reasons. If User Account Control is enabled (as it is by default when Vista is installed), you will be warned first at each stage of installation, "An unidentified program wants access to your computer. Do not run the program unless you know where it's from or you've used it before." Click Allow in each case.
3. If you are installing from a CD, a program called Autorun usually comes up automatically within 5 to 15 seconds when you put the CD into the CD drive slot. (In Windows Vista, Autoplay comes up first and you click 'Run autorun.exe'.) Autorun checks to see if a previous version of MatchMaker is installed, and offers to run the program if it is present. Assuming you have uninstalled any previous version, Autorun will offer instead to install the program and you click Install. Go to 5.
4. Run from the CD the setup.exe program (may be called simply setup). This is easiest to do using the program Windows Explorer, found under Accessories under All Programs on the Start menu, or using the My Computer program (called Computer in some versions) on the Start Menu. One of these programs may already be on your desktop. Double Click on setup.exe (or setup). Go to 5.
5. Once you have started the setup program you okay 4 steps. The first window says "Welcome to the MatchMaker Setup Wizard" and recommends that you close all other applications. Make sure you are not running MatchMaker. Click Next. The next window gives you an opportunity to change where the MatchMaker.exe file will be installed. Normally you just click Next. Then you have an opportunity to put a MatchMaker icon on your desktop by clicking the box next to "Create a desktop icon". Click Next. Click Install.
6. In Windows Vista you may encounter extra warnings for security reasons. If User Account Control is enabled (as it is by default when Vista is installed), you will be warned first at each stage of installation, "An unidentified program wants access to your computer. Do not run the program unless you know where it's from or you've used it before." Click Allow in each case.
7. Occasionally you will encounter an extra window partway through the installation which says "A file being copied is not newer than the file on your current system. It is recommended that you keep your existing file." If you have not uninstalled the previous version of MatchMaker, you must answer "No to All". Otherwise it doesn't generally matter which way you answer and you can answer "Yes".
8. You should now be able to run the program without the CD in the drive, the same way you run any other program from the Start menu. Watch for the red and white mushroom on a blue background. If you do happen to put the CD in the drive again, the Autorun program usually comes up and offers to run MatchMaker.
9. You can install the program to a different application folder from C:\Program Files\MatchMaker\. You may also install the data to a different folder from C:\MatchMaker_Data\. However, in the latter case a file called dataloc.txt must contain the new address of the data. You may be able to edit the file directly. If security settings do not allow you to do this, make a file dataloc.txt with the correct data folder address (using a text editor like Notepad), save it to a known location, then copy it over the file of that name in the application folder (normally C:\Program Files\MatchMaker\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\MatchMaker\).
10. Other troubles encountered by one or more users during installation include the following
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