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SuperMemo Installation for beginners

These are the instructions for installing SuperMemo and its various components on your computer. If you know the basics of using Windows such as copying files, creating directories, etc. you can skip blue insert boxes

Important! You will always download all components to the same directory, for example c:\sm98 and run downloaded EXE file(s). This will create all files and place them in appropriate locations

This text describes the following procedures:

  1. Installing SuperMemo
  2. Providing the password
  3. Installing help
  4. Installing collections downloaded from SuperMemo Library
  5. Installing SuperMemo 98 over SuperMemo 8
  6. Installing SuperMemo 98 over Advanced English
  7. Where is my SuperMemo?

See also: Frequently asked questions

Installing SuperMemo 98

  1. Create a new directory in your computer in which you will keep all files used by SuperMemo. For example, create a directory c:\sm98 on your drive C:
    This is how you can create a directory c:\sm98 in Windows:
    1. Double-click the icon My Computer on your desktop
    2. Double-click the icon (C:)
    3. Choose File : New : Folder on the menu (note that a new folder will have been created ready to accept a new name)
    4. Type SM98 to replace the default name of the new folder: New folder (or New folder (2)), etc.
    5. If the computer says Cannot rename ..., you must have already created folder c:\sm98
  2. Download SuperMemo 98 from SuperMemo Store
    This is how you can download SuperMemo 98:
    1. Go to SuperMemo 98 page at SuperMemo Store
    2. Click Order
    3. Fill out the order form (remember to correctly fill out the billing address which should be your cardholder address, not your current residence address)
    4. Click Place a secure order
    5. Click SuperMemo 98 download icon
    6. Choose Save when your browser asks you if you want to Open or Save the file to be downloaded
    7. In the File Save dialog box go to the directory created in previous steps (in our case c:\sm98), or simply type the path to which to save, e.g. c:\sm98\sm98zip.exe
  3. Run the file sm98zip.exe, e.g. by double clicking its icon in Windows. Once you run it, it will create the file sm98.exe which is the proper SuperMemo program
    This is how you can quickly run the SuperMemo installation file downloaded from the Internet:
    1. Click the button Start on the taskbar
    2. Choose Run on the menu
    3. Type in the name of the file. In our case it is: c:\sm98\sm98zip.exe
  4. Add SuperMemo icon to your desktop (or any folder of your choice) by specifying the path to sm98.exe
    This is how you can add a SuperMemo icon to your desktop:
    1. Minimize or close all applications (e.g. you can right click over the Windows taskbar and choose Minimize all windows)
    2. Right click over the desktop area (or within the destination folder)
    3. Choose New : Shortcut (Windows will create a new icon of your desktop entitled New Shortcut and will open a dialog box with some questions to answer)
    4. Type in the command line. In our case it would be c:\sm98\sm98.exe. If you downloaded SuperMemo to another directory, the path may differ. For example, if you downloaded sm98zip.exe to d:\supermemo, your command line should look like this d:\supermemo\sm98.exe
    5. Click the button Next in the Create Shortcut dialog box
    6. Type in the name under Select a name for the shortcut. For example, type in SuperMemo (this way your icon will be called SuperMemo)
    7. Click the button Finish (note that a new icon has appeared on your desktop with the name chosen earlier)

    Now or in the future, you can double-click the created icon to run SuperMemo.

    See: Where is my SuperMemo? to find out about yet another method for creating a SuperMemo icon

  5. Run SuperMemo by double-clicking the icon created in the previous step. Read ABC of SuperMemo to start your speed-learning adventure. It is also recommended that you download and install SuperMemo Help file
  6. Within one business day since ordering SuperMemo, we will contact you with instructions how to input the password needed to continue your work with SuperMemo. Read below about providing the password
  7. If you have any doubts about any of the steps of the installation procedure, please do not hesitate to write to SuperMemoMail. Even if you are a computer novice, you should not be shy or afraid of asking questions. By understanding your problems we can better support other users in the future

Providing password

SuperMemo 98 is protected with a 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 Registering SuperMemo. Within a business day since ordering the program, we will contact you via e-mail and provide you with the password and further instructions. 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 lose it, you can always get it from us by writing to SuperMemoMail. You should input the password using File : Registration : Input password. Alternatively, you can just use SuperMemo for a day or two and it will at some point ask you to input the password

Installing help

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 a 2 MB file that will make it possible to view the help off-line (this file also includes all articles available from SuperMemo Website).

This is how you can install SuperMemo Help for viewing it off-line:

  1. Go to SuperMemo Help download page
  2. Download SuperMemo Help (2 MB) or short SuperMemo Help (0.5 MB) and save it in the SuperMemo directory (e.g. as c:\sm98\helpzip.exe)
  3. Run the downloaded file (e.g. click Start, click Run and type in the name of the file such as c:\sm98\helpzip.exe). This will create the help file in the directory bin (e.g. c:\sm98\bin\smhelp.chm, etc.)
  4. Run SuperMemo 98
  5. Press F1 to open the help file off-line (i.e. without connecting to the Internet)

Installing collections downloaded from SuperMemo Library

  1. If you have not installed SuperMemo yet, start with Installing SuperMemo 98
  2. Download the collection(s) you plan to install (you can download commercial collections from SuperMemo Store or freeware collections from SuperMemo Library). Always download to the SuperMemo directory (c:\sm98 by default)
  3. Run the downloaded file, e.g. by double clicking its icon in Windows. Once you run it, it will create all collection files in the directory systems located in the SuperMemo directory (c:\sm98\systems\ by default). Remember that the downloaded file must be located in the SuperMemo directory!

    Note: If you downloaded Japanese, please have a look below

    This is an exemplary procedure for downloading and installing Medical Biology:
    1. Go to SuperMemo Library page at SuperMemo Store
    2. Click Medical Biology
    3. Click Order
    4. Fill out the order form
    5. Click Place a secure order
    6. Click the download icon
    7. Choose Save when your browsers asks you if you want to Open or Save the file
    8. In the File Save dialog box point to the SuperMemo directory (c:\sm98 by default), or simply type the path to which to save, e.g. c:\sm98\medbiol.exe
    9. Run the downloaded file (e.g. click Start, click Run and type in the name of the file such as c:\sm98\medbiol.exe). This will create Medical Biology files in the directory systems (e.g. c:\sm98\systems\medbiol.kno, etc.)
    10. Run SuperMemo (e.g. by double clicking its icon created earlier)
    11. Choose File : Open in SuperMemo
    12. Choose the file medbiol.kno
    13. Choose the button Learn in SuperMemo to start learning

Installing SuperMemo 98 over earlier installations

This is how you can install SuperMemo 98 over SuperMemo 8 downloaded from the Internet or installed with SuperMemo 8 CD-ROMs such as Advanced English, Deine Chancen, etc.

  1. Download SuperMemo 98 from SuperMemo Store and save the downloaded file sm98zip.exe in your SuperMemo 8 directory (usually c:\sm8 or d:\sm8)
  2. Run the file sm98zip.exe, e.g. by double clicking its icon in Windows. Once you run it, it will create the file sm98.exe which is the proper SuperMemo 98 program
  3. Rename file sm8.exe to sm8.old to make sure you never run SuperMemo 8 by mistake
  4. Rename file sm98.exe to sm8.exe. This will effectively supplant old SuperMemo with the new SuperMemo
  5. Once you open your collections in SuperMemo 98, they will automatically be upgraded. Only the size of windows may change slightly. You can adjust the size and save the new layout with Ctrl+Shift+F5
  6. Within one business days since ordering SuperMemo, we will contact you with instructions how to input the password needed to continue your work with SuperMemo. Read above about providing the password

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:
  1. Click Start on the taskbar
  2. Click Find
  3. Click Files or Folders
  4. Type in the name of the file in the field Named using the following selection:
    • sm98.exe - if you are looking for SuperMemo 98 (remember not to put spaces before or after the dot)
    • sm8.exe - if you are looking for SuperMemo 8
    • sm98zip.exe - if you are looking for the location of the SuperMemo 98 installation file downloaded from the Internet
    • smhelp.chm - if you are looking for SuperMemo Help
    • helpzip.exe - if you are looking for SuperMemo Help installation file downloaded from the Internet
  5. All locations of the searched file will be displayed in the column In Folder
  6. You can double-click files located in the column Name to run them. You can also drag them to your Windows desktop to create a new icon. For example, if you drag files named sm98, you will create a new SuperMemo 98 icon

Frequently Asked Questions


(Peter Cool, the Netherlands, Oct 31, 1998)
Question:
During an attempt to install SuperMemo 98 I have received the following two messages:

  1. Cannot write to sm8.ini (I have copied sm98.exe to my SuperMemo 8 main directory)
  2. This control requires version 4.7 or greater of comctl32.dll

Answer:
The problems is with your comctl32.dll library in Windows. Old Windows 95 installations may contain an earlier version of this library. Please use the URL listed below to download a free update (about 500K; ver. 4.72). This will not only let you run SuperMemo but will also improve stability of other W95 and NT applications

http://acadiacom.softseek.com/Programming/DLLs_and_Libraries/Review2_16871_index.html


(Natalie Burgess, USA, Nov 10, 1998)
Question:
I am using the Japanese mix but I'm not getting Japanese characters, but English characters. I copied the fonts called hiragana.ttf and katakana.ttf from the sm98\systems\... folders to my d:\Windows\Fonts folder. Is there something else I have to do to have the fonts available in Windows 95?
Answer:
Yes. Instead of copying fonts you should install them. In Windows 95, use Control Panel : Fonts : Install New Font. In the Folders panel, choose the location where your TTF font can be found (sm98\systems\...)