Installation in seconds
You can install SuperMemo in seconds by simply running the downloaded file sm2004zip.exe or sm04inst.exe and then running sm2004.exe. Skip the rest of this file. It was written for those who are less experienced with computers!
Un-installation in seconds
SuperMemo does not install any files in folders other than its own. It does not pollute your Windows with DLLs. To uninstall, simply delete the folder in which you installed SuperMemo
Installing SuperMemo for Beginners
If you already know the basics of using Windows such as copying files, creating directories, etc. you can skip blue insert boxes
You will always download all components to the same folder/directory, for example c:\sm2004 and run downloaded EXE file(s). This will create all files and place them in appropriate locations. Only help file is provided in its native chm format and should be downloaded to bin subfolder
Depending on the source of your SuperMemo, you will obtain it in one of the three basic forms:
This text describes the following procedures:
See also: Frequently asked questions
Installing SuperMemo 2004
|This is how you can create a folder/directory c:\sm2004 in
|This is how you can download SuperMemo
|This is how you can quickly run the SuperMemo
installation file downloaded from the Internet:
|To add a SuperMemo 2004 icon to your Windows
desktop and to your Start menu:
Now or in the future, you can run SuperMemo by
double-clicking the created icons.
See: Where is my SuperMemo? to find out about yet another method for creating a SuperMemo icon
SuperMemo 2004 is protected with an unlock password. Without a password it can only run for a limited period of time. To better understand the reasons for which we introduced the password, read about Unlocking SuperMemo. Within a business day since buying the program, we will contact you via e-mail and provide you with the unlock password and further instructions.
Important! You should not be afraid of losing the password. Once you input it in SuperMemo, you are not likely to ever need it again. If you ever see the red bar again, it is enough to open any of your previously used collections to restore the program to full functionality. If you lose the password and all your collections, you can always get the password back from us.
You should input the password using File : Installation : Input password. Alternatively, you can just continue using SuperMemo and it will at some point ask you to input the password. If the option Input password is grayed, your SuperMemo has been already unlocked (no action necessary).
SuperMemo Help provides detailed instructions for using SuperMemo and a number of overviews useful for the student. You can either use SuperMemo Help on-line at www.supermemo.com/help or you can download the help file that will make it possible to view the help off-line (this file also includes all articles available from SuperMemo Website). If you have a good access to the Internet, it is recommended that you use on-line help. On-line help is constantly being updated upon discovering errors or pages that need clarification.
This is how you can install SuperMemo Help for viewing it off-line:
Note that once your chm file becomes outdated, SuperMemo will automatically attempt to connect you with the page on the web from which you can download an update. If you do not wish that to happen, choose Tools : Options : SuperMemo : Help system : Microsoft Help (CHM) (otherwise leave the default setting, i.e. Tools : Options : SuperMemo : Help system : Optimize). If you prefer SuperMemo to always open the most recent help pages directly from SuperMemo Website, choose Tools : Options : SuperMemo : Help system : Internet Help
Installing collections downloaded from SuperMemo Library
- Users of SuperMemo CE and SuperMemo for Palm Pilot should import text files located in each collection's txt folder. For example, if you have run RomanceMix.exe in e:\romance, your Spanish vocabulary material will be importable from e:\romance\systems\Basic Spanish\txt\spanish.txt (refer to your SuperMemo for Pocket PC or for Palm manual for import instructions)
- If your collections are in SuperMemo 98/99 or 2000/2002 format, SuperMemo 2004 will upgrade them instantly at first opening with File : Open collection
- SuperMemo 2004 automatically installs true type fonts that ship with your collection. Only Classical Greek comes with non-true type fonts. If you downloaded Classical Greek, please have a look below
This is an exemplary procedure for downloading and installing Medical Biology in Windows:
- Go to SuperMemo Library page at SuperMemo Store
- Click Medical Biology
- Click Order
- Fill out the order form
- Click Place a secure order
- Click the download icon
- Choose Save when your browsers asks you if you want to Open or Save the file
- In the File Save dialog box point to the SuperMemo folder/directory (c:\sm2004 by default), or simply type the path to which to save, e.g. c:\sm2004\medbiol.exe
- Run the downloaded file (e.g. click Start, click Run and type in the name of the file such as c:\sm2004\medbiol.exe). This will create Medical Biology files in the folder systems (e.g. c:\sm2004\systems\medbiol.kno, etc.)
- Run SuperMemo (e.g. by double clicking its icon created earlier)
- Choose File : Open in SuperMemo
- Choose the file medbiol.kno
- Choose the button Learn in SuperMemo to start learning
Installing SuperMemo 2004 over earlier installations
This is how you can install SuperMemo 2004 over SuperMemo 8, SuperMemo 98/99 or SuperMemo 2000/2002 downloaded from the Internet or installed with SuperMemo CD-ROMs such as Advanced English, MegaMix, etc. Please read these instructions carefully. You should avoid using older versions of SuperMemo along SuperMemo 2004! This will prevent compatibility problems.
Where is my SuperMemo?
|If you are not sure what is the location of
SuperMemo on your computer, you can always find it using your Windows:
Frequently Asked Questions
(Robert Whitinger, USA,
Mar 4, 1999)
I installed smhelp.chm file in the bin folder but SuperMemo still attempts to connect me with the Internet help!
Make sure that you choose Tools : Options : SuperMemo : Help system : Microsoft Help (CHM). If you choose Optimize instead of Microsoft Help, SuperMemo will always check the date of your chm file, and if it becomes outdated, it will attempt to connect you with the newer version of the same help page on the Internet
Holst, USA, Aug 31, 1999)
I am using the Classical Greek but I'm not getting the Greek characters, but some strange symbols instead. I copied the font called graeca.fon from the sm2004\systems\... folders to my d:\Windows\Fonts folder. Is there something else I have to do to have the font available in Windows 95?
Yes. Instead of just copying fonts you should install them. Use Control Panel : Fonts : Install New Font. In the Folders panel, choose the location where your graeca.fon font can be found (here: sm2004\systems\graeca\font\graeca.fon). In rare instances, if Install New Font is not visible, you may have to reinstall Windows or try to set the System attribute on the font folder in Windows (this problem appears in some OEM installations of Windows and is not related to SuperMemo)
You can use F1 to access on-line help (#6433)
(Garry Gross, Sat, Sep 01, 2001 10:45 AM)
Why I should not be able to just hit F1 to get help after installing SuperMemo?
F1 will work. However, this way you will access the on-line help. This is a recommended way of using the documentation due to daily updates and corrections. Only if you want to use off-line help, you need to download the help file. This file is not included with SuperMemo for the following reasons: