Note that the first time you set up Copan on any computer, you are said to be Installing it, and any time you put a different version of Copan on the same machine, you are said to be Updating it (in which case, you can skip steps 1 and 4 below).
If you haven't already done so, request a password from www.underhill.ca/software/copan-windows-software-key.
An eight character password (e.g., "secret39") will be emailed to you. You should receive it within a few seconds. If you don't, maybe you didn't enter your correct email address or maybe automatic mail from our mail server to your mail server is blocked.
If you haven't already done so, download the latest version of the installer: Visit
and download the install package,
CopanLite.setup.exe, to (anywhere on) your computer.
If your download tool happens to strip off the ".exe" extension from the
Copan.setup.exe filename, be sure to add it back before you run it.
(You may need to change the
show file extensions setting in your folder browser.)
CopanLite.setup.exefile and follow the simple setup instructions. The installer will place various files in your program folder (usually
C:\Program Files\Copan 11.11\), and will create some shortcuts. If you know what you're doing, during the installation process, you may choose to install Copan in an alternative location or to turn off certain installation options. (If you change your mind, you can always uninstall then reinstall.)
The resulting folder and file configuration should look something like this:
|Various other file folders.
Various other files.
The installer may also place various files in your Documents (or My Documents) folder (see § File Locations).
After accepting the conditions of use, enter the eight character password that was included in the email.
Be careful to use it exactly as is, without the enclosing double-quotes. (Copy and paste works best.) If the password is not entered correctly you'll get an Invalid Password message.
If you get that message and you're sure that you're entering it correctly, you probably have an out-of-date version of Copan, or at least a mismatch between your Copan and your key. Try re-downloading it from us and re-installing it (steps 1 and 2 above).
The procedure for updating Copan is the same as for installing, except for the following:
C:\Program Files\Copan 11.11\, will be named differently for each version. This allows you to fall back to an earlier version should you have problems with the new one.