Spartan '10 Installation Instructions for Windows

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Spartan '10 can be installed on any Windows computer meeting these requirements:

Minimum System Requirements
  Intel Pentium III or higher; AMD Athlon 1 GB RAM, 2 GB for Vista / Win 7
  Windows XP, Vista, or Win 7 60 GB disk space
  Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later 1024 x 768 (or higher) Graphics resolution

Follow these steps for installation:

  1. Go to Wavefunction's Spartan for Windows Downloads Page and and click the version number link next to Spartan'10  That will download a VERY big file, and you have to wait till it is done.
  2. Double-click on the downloaded installer file and click on Setup.  You'll have to wait for the package to be uncompressed, which might take a while.
  3. Accept the license terms, and have it install the program.  You need to choose the "Network hardware key" option.  Again, you'll have to wait a while, and it may look like the process is restarting at a few points, but it's not...just let it keep on chugging.
  4. Once the installation process is complete and you get to finish, launch a web browser and point it to http://localhost:1947/
  5. Click on Configuration, and then on the "Access to Remote License Managers" tab, third one in.  There's a box labeled "Specify Search Parameters."  Type in it, then click "Submit".  Then click on the top link in the menu on the left side (Sentinel Keys), and wait.  YOU HAVE TO BE GETTING YOUR IP ADDRESS from Macalester, which basically means you have to be on campus!  After less than a minute, you should see a key entry appear.
  6. Go to your desktop or start menu and  launch the Spartan application

IMPORTANT NOTE: We use a networked keyserver with a campus-only firewall. In English, that means you will only be able to run Spartan if you are getting your internet service from on-campus, or are running VPN. If the program asks you to enter your activation code at startup, either it is unable to talk to the keyserver (most likely you are obtaining your IP address from off campus, or have no internet connection) or all of our licenses are in use (a class is using them, on a Tuesday or Thursday, or at night Monday or Wednesday, during a lab section). If that happens, please quit (don't answer the question) and try again when you know you are on-campus with a working internet connection, and it is not the time of a normal lab period.

For any further questions, refer to the FAQ or e-mail (