Here you will find some help installing your workshop manual. The following instructions are for the larger “Virtual Machine” manuals. Our pdf manuals are simple to run and usually only require you to open a single file on your disc or download.
If you have purchased your manual on disc, the chances are the files below (except mac files) will be located on the last disc of the collection, so it’s worth looking there before having to download them from here. Ok, let’s get started.
Quick Start Check List
For PC’s you will need:
Winrar – download it from here.
VMware Player for PC’s – download it from here.
For Mac’s you will need:
UnrarX – download it from here.
VMWare Fusion – download it from here.
Your workshop manual application has been pre-installed for you on a virtual copy of Windows XP. This makes it very easy to run on any windows operating systems including 64 Bit machines plus Apple Macs and saves you the bother of a complicated installation process.
If you have purchased a download, once it has completed you need to extract the download using winrar, if you don’t have that app you can download it from us for free from here.
If you have a Mac, then please click here and see “installing your manual on an Apple Mac” for further installation information.
If you have purchased discs, then create a folder on your desktop and copy the entire contents of each disc to the folder you have just created.
As your manual is large it will be in “.RAR” format. This is an industry standard format to speed up downloading of large files, so what you will need to do is extract the files before installing the manual, here’s how:
Open the folder that contains the “WinRAR-release version.exe” file and click on the file to run the install process. After you click the WinRAR install file, it will begin the install process by bringing up the install window. Make sure to review the terms of the license before you click “Install”
A – Read the terms and conditions for Win Rar and then click “Install”
After you click Install, WinRAR will bring up a Setup window that allows you to choose what files templates you would like to associate with WinRAR. After you select your options, click “OK”
A – Select the file types you would like to associate with WinRAR
B – If you would like to have a shortcut for WinRAR added to the desktop and the start menu, check the boxes.
C – Click Okay once you have chosen the setup options for the WinRAR install.
It will quickly install the compression/UnRAR program and bring up a new window asking you for your next action. Either you “Run WinRAR” or click “Done” to run it at a later time.
A – Click “Done” and now you are ready to use WinRAR.
Now find the .Rar file you downloaded (or the ones transferred from your discs) and then right mouse click it and choose “extract here”.
Now double click the “vmwareplayer.exe” file located in your folder. If for some reason you cannot locate the VMWare Player app then you can download it from here.
Once the installation box appears click Next. Then select your destination folder and click Next. Uncheck “Check for product updates on startup?” and click Next. Uncheck “Help improve VMware Player?” and click Next, and then click Next again. Now click Continue. Once installed, click “Restart Now?”.
Once restarted, start the application via the Desktop or Start Menu and select “Yes, I accept the terms in the license agreement” and click OK.
Now that you have installed VMware Player, you need to point it at the image file.
Open VMware player by double clicking the VMware Player icon on the desktop or Start Menu. Allow VMware Player to load and the menu screen will load. Click the “Open a Virtual Machine” and go to the folder you created/extracted on your desktop and open the VM folder. In that folder will be a file with the name “VIRTUAL MACHINE”. In the left pane will be the name of the manual you are about to open. In the right pane, click the “Play virtual machine” link.
IMPORTANT: You will get a message asking you whether you “moved it” or “copied it”, you must select “moved it” and OK.
A virtual machine of Windows XP is now loading. Once loaded, it will automatically login. Follow the Quick Start Guide on the desktop to run the manual.
If you are having any trouble you can raise a support ticket here and we will help you directly with your install.