A lot of the articles on x-engineer.org are using Scilab as programming/simulation environment. In this article we are going to follow step by step the installation process of Scilab under Windows.
For this particular example we are using Scilab 5.4.0 (Beta 1 release) and Windows Vista. The same installation procedure should be valid for newer versions of Scilab and Windows.
Before you start the Scilab installation process make sure that you have administrator rights on Windows and an internet connection.
Step 1. Download Scilab
Go to Scilab website, under the Download section and choose your installation package. For windows operating systems the are two versions: 32 and 64-bit. Download the one matching your operating system.
The size of the installation kit is well above 100 MB so the download time will depend in your internet connection speed.
When the download is complete you’ll have on your disk drive an *.exe file (e.g. scilab-5.4.0.exe)
Step 2: Run *.exe file
Execute the downloaded *.exe file. Make sure that you have administrator rights on your operating system.
Click on the “Run” button.
Step 3: Select the language to be used during the installation process
Use the drop down list to select the desired language.
After the language selection, click on the “OK” button.
Step 4: Launch the Scilab Setup Wizard
It is recommended that you close all other applications before starting the installation wizard.
Click “Next” button.
Step 5: Read the License Agreement
After you read the License Agreement and if you agree to the terms, select “I accept the agreement” and click on the “Next” button.
If you press the “Back” button you’ll go to the previous installation step. Clicking on the “Cancel” button will abort the installation process.
Step 6: Select the installation folder from you local hard drive
First make sure that you have enough free disk space for Scilab installation. On the bottom of the screen there is a message informing you the minimum free space required for the software.
Choose in which folder on your computer Scilab will be installed. You can leave the default folder path.
Click “Next” button.
Step 7: Select the type of installation
You can choose what software modules you want to install with Scilab. From the drop-down menu you can choose the type of installation. “Full installation” will install the complete/full package of components/modules.
Be aware that the “Full installation” type will require around 500 MB of free disk space.
You can see some details about the installed modules/components by clicking on the “About modules …” button.
After your selection, click “Next” button.
Step 8: Select Start Menu Folder
You can choose the Start Menu folder for the installation. If you want a different location than the default one, click the “Browse…” button.
After you made your choice, click the “Next” button.
Step 9: Select Additional Tasks
If you want to create a Desktop icon make sure to check the box for “Create a desktop icon”.
Check all three boxes for file association This way you’ll associate *.sce, *.sci, *.tst, *.xcos, *.cos and *.cosf files with Scilab.
Click “Next” button to continue.
Step 10: Review all installation settings
Before the installation starts you’ll see a summary window with the installation settings. If something is not as expected use the “Back” button to get to the desired menu to perform changes.
If all the settings are as expected, click the “Install” button.
Step 11: Wait for the installation to complete
Depending on the performance of you computer (CPU, RAM, HDD) the installation time will vary. If you want to abort the installation click the “Cancel” button. Otherwise wait until the progress bar fills up.
Step 12: Setup Finished
At this point the installation is finished, Scilab is installed on your computer.
If you check the box for “Launch Scilab”, when you click the “Finish” button, Scilab will be launched.
Click the “Finish” button to exit the Setup Wizard.
Step 13: Launch Scilab
When you launch Scilab you’ll get the start screen as in the image above. Try to perform some basic mathematical operations to make sure that the installation was successful.
If got stuck during the installation process or if you need more informations, use the comment form below to feedback.
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