|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 folder/directory, for example c:\sm99 and run downloaded EXE file(s). This will create all files and place them in appropriate locations
This text describes the following procedures:
See also: Frequently asked questions
Installing SuperMemo 99
|This is how you can create a folder/directory c:\sm99 in
|This is how you can download SuperMemo 99:
|This is how you can quickly run the SuperMemo
installation file downloaded from the Internet:
|To add a SuperMemo 99 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 99 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.
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 unlocked 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 by writing to SuperMemoMail
You should input the password using File : Registration : Input password. Alternatively, you can just continue using SuperMemo and it will at some point ask you to input the password
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).
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Note that once your chm file becomes outdated, SuperMemo will automatically attempt to connect you with the page on the web from which you can download an update.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)
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 Win CE or Palm manual for import instructions)
- If your collections are in SuperMemo 98 format, SuperMemo 99 will upgrade them instantly on first opening with File : Open
- SuperMemo 99 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 for SuperMemo 99 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:\sm99 by default), or simply type the path to which to save, e.g. c:\sm99\medbiol.exe
- Run the downloaded file (e.g. click Start, click Run and type in the name of the file such as c:\sm99\medbiol.exe). This will create Medical Biology files in the folder systems (e.g. c:\sm99\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 99 over earlier installations
This is how you can install SuperMemo 99 over SuperMemo 8 or SuperMemo 98 downloaded from the Internet or installed with SuperMemo CD-ROMs such as Advanced English, MegaMix, etc.
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
(Steven M, Austria, Nov
I am a beginner. After downloading SuperMemo 99, I cannot find the file. Can you help?
By default, the file should be named sm99zip.exe. You could search for it with Start : Find : Files or folders in Windows. If this does not help, you can download again (remember not to change the name this time). To download again go to www.super-memo.com and click Download on the left
Cool, the Netherlands, Oct 31, 1998)
During an attempt to install SuperMemo I have received the following two messages:
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
(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!
Please 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 sm99\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. In Windows 95, use Control Panel : Fonts : Install New Font. In the Folders panel, choose the location where your graeca.fon font can be found (here: sm99\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)