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Kluczowym elementem ułatwiającym instalację wielu niezależnych rewizji tej samej wersji platformy jest możliwość zdefiniowania, podczas wstępnej instalacji, różnych katalogów instalacyjnych w lokacjach Program Files i Shared Documents.

System korzysta z identyfikatorów Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) dla każdej niezależnej instalacji danej rewizji. Identyfikator ten jest wykorzystywany do rozróżnienia katalogów oraz wpisów w rejestrze systemowym. Dzięki identyfikatorom, uruchamiając określoną rewizję programu, system obsługuje tylko te pliki i wpisy rejestru, które powiązane są z tą rewizją.

Where are the Examples and Libraries?

We all can appreciate using examples to get us up-and-running with specific aspects of the software. At times, such examples showcase a feature, or set of features, that makes the learning curve a little less steep. In a similar fashion, we like to have access to a pre-developed set of libraries, giving us a boost in the choice of components we can use 'out-of-the-box'.

Rest-assured that we very much still have a host of example design projects and component libraries available for you to explore and use within your installation of Altium Designer. Use the following links to access pages containing links to download examples and libraries as required:

A limited selection of example designs are installed by default through the Examples plugin, part of the System Components category of core system plugins. In addition, further reference designs and component libraries are available through AltiumLive Vault Services, contained within vaults located on the Content page of the AltiumLive community website.

Installing Multiple Revisions of the same Platform Version

Altium Designer pozwala na instalację wielu różnych wersji programu na tym samym komputerze. Można, na przykład, jednocześnie uruchomić Summer 08, Winter 09 i Summer 09, jeśli to konieczne. Jednakże możliwość instalacji wielu rewizji tej samej wersji programu nie była do tej pory możliwa.

Zmiany w sposobie instalacji programu umożliwiają instalację różnych rewizji tej samej platformy instalacyjnej Altium Designer. Dzięki temu możesz mieć bezpośredni i niezależny dostęp do kolejnych rewizji.

Installation Folders

W celu przedstawienia struktury katalogów instalacyjnych, poniżej przedstawiono przykład dwóch rewizji platformy instalacyjnej Altium Designer, pierwszej zainstalowanej w domyślnym katalogu (\AD 10) oraz drugiej, zainstalowanej na identycznej ścieżce, lecz w innym katalogu (\AD 10 - 21yyy).

Windows 7 (or Windows Vista)

Windows 7 (or Windows Vista)
    The main installation path for a particular build of Altium Designer is:
    
    \Program Files (x86)\Altium\<SpecifiedProgramFilesLocation>
    
    For the example builds, the paths would therefore be:
    
    \Program Files (x86)\Altium\AD 10
    \Program Files (x86)\Altium\AD 10 - 21yyy
    
    Examples, libraries and templates for a particular build can be found in the following directory:
    
    \Users\Public\Documents\Altium\<SpecifiedSharedDocumentsLocation>
    
    For the example builds, the paths would therefore be:
    
    \Users\Public\Documents\Altium\AD 10
    \Users\Public\Documents\Altium\AD 10 - 21yyy
    
    System application data (Mesh, Portal Cache, Updates) and security files (license ALF) for a particular build can be found in the following two directories:
    
    \ProgramData\Altium\<PlatformVersion> <GUID>
    
    \ProgramData\Altium\<PlatformVersion> <GUID>_Security
    
    For the example builds, the paths might therefore be (inserting example GUIDs):
    
    \ProgramData\Altium\AD 10

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    \ProgramData\Altium\AD 10

_Security
    \ProgramData\Altium\AD 10

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    \ProgramData\Altium\AD 10

_Security
    
    User application data files (including: DXP.rcs, UserTools.tlt, AdvPCB.dft, AdvSch.dft, last workspace, PCB view configurations) for a particular build can be found in the following directory:
    
    \Users\<ProfileName>\AppData\Roaming\Altium\<PlatformVersion> <GUID>
    
    For the example builds, and a user profile of Des Igner, the paths would therefore be:
    
    \Users\Des Igner\AppData\Roaming\Altium\AD 10

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    \Users\Des Igner\AppData\Roaming\Altium\AD 10

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    User local application data for a particular build can be found in the following directory:
    
    \Users\<ProfileName>\AppData\Local\Altium\<PlatformVersion> <GUID>
    
    For the example builds, and a user profile of Des Igner, the paths would therefore be:
    
    \Users\Des Igner\AppData\Local\Altium\AD 10

    \Users\Des Igner\AppData\Local\Altium\AD 10

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Windows XP
    The main installation path for a particular build of Altium Designer is:
    
    \Program Files\Altium\<SpecifiedProgramFilesLocation>
    
    For the example builds, the paths would therefore be:
    
    \Program Files\Altium\AD 10
    \Program Files\Altium\AD 10 - 21yyy
    
    Examples, libraries and templates for a particular build can be found in the following directory:
    
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Altium\<SpecifiedSharedDocumentsLocation>
    
    For the example builds, the paths would therefore be:
    
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Altium\AD 10
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Altium\AD 10 - 21yyy
    
    System application data (Mesh, Portal Cache, Updates) and security files (license ALF) for a particular build can be found in the following two directories:
    
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Altium\<PlatformVersion> <GUID>
    
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Altium\<PlatformVersion> <GUID>_Security
    
    For the example builds, the paths might therefore be (inserting example GUIDs):
    
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Altium\AD 10

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    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Altium\AD 10

_Security
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Altium\AD 10

    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Altium\AD 10

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_Security
    
    User application data files (including: DXP.rcs, UserTools.tlt, AdvPCB.dft, AdvSch.dft, last workspace, PCB view configurations) for a particular build can be found in the following directory:
    
    \Documents and Settings\<ProfileName>\Application Data\Altium\<PlatformVersion> <GUID>
    
    For the example builds, and a user profile of Des Igner, the paths would therefore be:
    
    \Documents and Settings\Des Igner\Application Data\Altium\AD 10

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    \Documents and Settings\Des Igner\Application Data\Altium\AD 10

    
    User local application data for a particular build can be found in the following directory:
    
    \Documents and Settings\<ProfileName>\Local Settings\Application Data\Altium\<PlatformVersion> <GUID>
    
    For the example builds, and a user profile of Des Igner, the paths would therefore be:
    
    \Documents and Settings\Des Igner\Local Settings\Application Data\Altium\AD 10

Unknown macro: {7DF7280E-CD03-40A9-A6A4-DDD057140F70}

    \Documents and Settings\Des Igner\Local Settings\Application Data\Altium\AD 10

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Uninstalling

Uninstalling Altium Designer is performed using the Altium Uninstaller. This dialog-based utility is accessed by running a small (less than 3MB) executable – AltiumUninstaller.exe. This executable is downloaded from AltiumLive and is typically saved to the same location as the AltiumInstaller.exe.


Clean downloaded data as part of an uninstall.

To fully remove your installation of Altium Designer from your computer, first clean the downloaded data (with all options selected), then select the installation and click Remove Completely.

The Global Info tab presents any installed drivers used by the system, which can also be uninstalled as required. Click the Clean button on this tab to remove all downloaded data – data that has been downloaded through the Altium Download Manager. The Items to Clean dialog will appear, from where you can determine what downloaded data to clean (flush):

  • Repository Builds Cache – the default location of which is \ProgramData\Altium\AltiumRepository (Windows 7) or \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Altium\AltiumRepository (Windows XP).
  • Download Manager Data – located at \ProgramData\Altium\AltiumDownloadManager (Windows 7) or \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Altium\AltiumDownloadManager (Windows XP).
  • Plugin Content Cache – located at \ProgramData\Altium\PluginContentCache (Windows 7) or \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Altium\PluginContentCache (Windows XP).

The current size on disk that this data occupies is displayed in each case.


Clean downloaded data as part of an uninstall.

The Altium Designer Installations tab of the dialog provides a listing of all Altium Designer installations (AD10 and beyond) on your PC, along with an indication of whether each is currently installed or not, and the main install location (where the DXP.exe file is located). Click on the entry for a particular installation to display more detailed information in the region below, including Product Name, Version and Release Date.

Three buttons control varying degrees of 'uninstall' for the selected installation in the list as follows:

  • Uninstall – removes the install folders (program files and shared documents locations) but leaves preferences-based folders alone. This enables you to have a build that is not currently installed, but whose preferences can still be reused, for example by importing into another installed build.
  • Remove Preferences – removes just the preferences-based folders, covering system application data and security files, user application data files and user local application data.
  • Remove Completely – total removal of the entire installation (i.e. installation folders and preferences folders).


Streamlined uninstall courtesy of the Altium Uninstaller.

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