The Install Process

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Taking the plunge and installing Shine? Cool!

Installers can sometimes be a bit of a scary process, but I’ve tried to make Shine’s installer easy to follow and understand. This page will walk you through, step by step, how to install Shine though.

1. The Welcome Screen

The welcome page for Shine Installer

This page doesn’t really have anything for you to click on or mess with. As you should see, though, an Internet connection is something that you will need for the installation to go through!

Click Next when you’re ready to begin.

2. The First things first! Screen

The First things first page for Shine Installer

The installer needs to check a few things before you can even think about installing Shine:

  • Internet connection: if the installer doesn’t detect a connection, this will fail and you won’t be able to continue. You can click “Recheck” to have it check again.
  • .NET Framework: this is a Microsoft component that’s needed for Shine to work. Depending upon your computer, you may already have the version needed! If not, the installer will install it for you when the time comes.
  • Shine already installed: if you already have Shine installed, this will appear. Note that this won’t stop you from installing Shine again, but do note that depending upon the situation, you may lose some of your data or settings.

As long as there’s no red X’s, that means you’re able to keep going! Click Next to continue.

3. The Shine Terms of Use Screen

The Terms of Use screen for Shine Installer

Ah yes, now comes the fun part where you’re shown a big wall of text which you’ll agree to without ever reading it.

Of course, you totally can read it, and I legally must say I recommend you do! The Terms of Use lays out the legal agreement between you and I; as long as you use Shine, you’ll be under these Terms of Use. So if you wanna know what you’re signing up for, here’s the place to find out.

The Terms of Use are also available on this here website, available for you to not-read at any time! The installer also offers a nifty little “Print” button if you wanna keep your own copy for whatever reason.

If you agree to the terms, click the “I agree” checkbox and click Next. If you don’t, click “Cancel” to cancel the installation.

4. The Install Location Screen

The Install Location screen for Shine Installer

This screen is more for advanced users, but either way, there’s a few important things for you to learn here:

  • The “Install Shine to this location” box tells the installer… what location to install Shine to. Kind of obvious. In other words, this is the folder that Shine will be put into when all is said and done.
    • You can change this location by typing in the box, or pressing the “Change…” button.
    • Did you type in something else but you changed your mind? You can always click the “Use Default” button to use what the installer usually recommends to everyone.
  • The Free space text blocks tell you some information about how much free space you have, and how much you’ll need.
    • The “Free space on drive” block tells you how much free space you have right now.
    • The “Free space needed” block tells you how much is needed to install Shine. If you don’t have enough space, then obviously Shine can’t be installed.
    • The “Free space remaining” block tells you how much free space you’ll have after Shine is installed. Keep this in mind in case you need to watch how much space you have.

There may be messages at the bottom of the screen. These messages tell you some info to keep in mind as you’re going along.

Messages with a red “X” means the something is wrong and you can’t continue. (Generally this means that the location you’ve typed into the box can’t be used, or there isn’t enough free space to actually install Shine.) Messages with a yellow triangle means that the installer wants to warn you about something, but it’s not a dealbreaker.

  • If the message says “Administrator access will be needed”, well… it means administrator access will be needed. Pretty straightforward.
    • If you’re just using your own computer, this will generally mean Windows will ask you to allow the installer to install when the time comes.
    • If you’re using a company or school computer, though, you’ll need to contact your IT manager or other official to be able to allow the installation.
    • If you type in or select a location that you have full access to, you may be able to install Shine there without administrator access needed.
  •  If the message says “Will replace existing version of Shine”, this means that when you install Shine here, your previous version will go away. This is called an “upgrade” or “update”. Unless you really need that specific version, this is generally okay.
    • Note that if you install multiple versions of Shine, only the one you’ve most recently installed can be uninstalled. This is a limitation to how Shine itself is installed. It is not recommended to have multiple versions installed.

In general, you can leave this screen alone and just click Next. But if there is anything you’re looking to change here, go ahead and do it.

5. The Install Options Screen

The Install Options screen for Shine Installer

This screen is where you get to decide a few things before we start installing Shine. (Note: with beta versions of Shine, some options may not be selectable.)

  • Create shortcut on desktop: Create a shortcut to access Shine on your desktop. As long as you have that there, you can use it to quickly open up Shine.
  • Create shortcut on start menu: Add an option for Shine to your start menu. It’s recommended to keep this checked.
  • Start Shine tray icon when I log in: Have the Shine tray icon appear when you log into your computer. It’ll sit down in the corner with your other icons, available whenever you may happen to need it. You can use the icon to quickly open Shine or do some other things.
  • Have .she (Shine Calendar) files open with Shine: When you double-click a Shine Calendar file, have it open up right in Shine. It’s recommended to keep this checked.
  • Have .ics (iCalendar) files open with Shine: When you double-click an iCalendar file, have it open up right in Shine.
  • Install Shine development tools: Adds a couple things that developers can use to write extensions or work Shine into their own programs. If you’re a developer interested on working with Shine, these tools can help you out. If you’re not a developer, these probably won’t do much good for you.

When you’ve set the options you’d like, you can click Next.

6. The Are You Ready? Screen

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This is it! Here, you’ll get a quick overview of what’s about to be installed, and also a list of things you’ll want to keep in mind.

Once you’re ready to go, click the “Install” button and the installation will begin!

7. The Installing Screen

The Installing screen for Shine Installer

Here, all you have to do is sit and wait. The installer will go through the steps one by one. Usually, this should only take a minute or two.

Note: some steps may require you to approve something or go through a few more questions. We recommend you don’t walk away from your computer while this is going on, in case you’re needed for something.

8a. Success! (The All Done screen)

The All Done screen for Shine Installer

If you see this screen, that means you’re ready to go!

You may see some text and a checkbox asking you to restart your computer. If you do see them, please restart your computer before you use Shine. Check the box if you’re ready to restart right away. (You’ll wanna save whatever you’re doing beforehand!)

When you’re ready, click “Close” to close the installer. If you checked the checkbox, the computer will then restart.

8b. Failure! (The Installation Failed screen)

The Installation Failed screen for Shine Installer

If you see this screen, this means something happened! Ultimately, Shine wasn’t able to be installed, and nothing was changed.

The reason text will tell you why the installation failed. If you’re tech-savvy, you can possibly use this info to determine what went wrong. Otherwise, you can find a tech-savvy friend or reach out to me to figure out what to do next.

Click the “Close” button to close the installer.

Have other questions?

Check the Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question was answered there. Otherwise, you can contact me and see if I can help!