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System prompts each user of a workstation to install Authorware plug-in

Explanation

Note: These instructions are for Windows XP.

By default, the Authorware Web Player plug-in is installed in the local profile for the user that is logged in, which requires each user of a workstation to install a separate copy of the plug-ins. Below are common issues that you might experience with Authorware not installed under the correct location:

  • System keeps prompting to install Authorware plug-in; does not allow installation to complete 
  • System keeps prompting to install Authorware plug-in for each user (Windows 7)

Resolution

If you do not want to require each user to install Authorware, you can change the workstation's registry key to point to a single location that all users will use to look for the plug-in, rather than in the individual profile folders:

Windows XP:

  1. Log in to the workstation as a local workstation administrator.
  2. Install the Authorware Web Player plug-in.
  3. Copy the Authorware Web Player folder from the C:\Documents and Settings\[your username]\Application Data\Macromedia folder to the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Macromedia folder.  You may have to create the Macromedia folder in this location if it does not already exist.  You may choose to use an alternate common location; be sure to give all users access to that common location if you do so.
  4. Update the registry to point to this new location:
  5. Click Start > Run, then enter regedit to start the registry editor.
  6. Navigate to and open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Macromedia folder.
  7. If the Authorware key exists, open it.  If it does not exist, right-click the Macromedia folder and select New > Key, then enter Authorware.  The Authorware folder should appear.
  8. If the WebPlayer folder exists in the Authorware folder, open it.  If it does not exist, right-click the Authorware folder and select New > Key, then enter WebPlayer.  The WebPlayer folder should appear.
  9. If the value PlayerPath exists on the right side of the screen, double-click it and change the path to the path you chose in step 3 for all users to find the plug-in, e.g.: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Macromedia\Authorware Web Player, then click OK.
  10. If PlayerPath does not exist, right-click WebPlayer and select New > String Value,  then enter the string value name as PlayerPath and the value data as: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Macromedia\Authorware Web Player, then click OK.
  11.  Click File > Exit to exit the registry editor.

When learners run Authorware lessons on that workstation, they will use the path you selected instead of being prompted to install the Authorware plug-in.

Windows 7

If you do not want each user to have to install Authorware, you can change the workstation's registry key to point to a single location that all users will use to look for the plug-in, rather than in the individual profile folders:

  1. Log in to the workstation as a local workstation administrator.
  2. Create a folder where you want to install Authorware (e.g. C:\Authorware).
  3. Give this folder modify rights for any user who will use Authorware.
  4. Update the registry to point to this new location:
  5. Click Start > Run, then enter regedit to start the registry editor.
  6. Navigate to and open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Macromedia folder.
  7. If the Authorware key exists, open it.  If it does not exist, right-click the Macromedia folder and select New > Key, then enter Authorware.  The Authorware folder should appear.
  8. If the WebPlayer folder exists in the Authorware folder, open it.  If it does not exist, right-click the Authorware folder and select New > Key, then enter WebPlayer.  The WebPlayer folder should appear.
  9. If the value PlayerPath exists on the right side of the screen, double-click it and change the path to the path you chose in step 3 for all users to find the plug-in, e.g.:
  10. C:\Authorware, then click OK.
  11. If PlayerPath does not exist, right-click WebPlayer and select New > String Value, then enter:
  12. C:\Authorware (or whatever path you created), then click OK.
  13.  Click File > Exit to exit the registry editor

When users run Authorware lessons on that workstation, they will use the path you selected instead of being prompted to install the Authorware plug-in.

 


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