Step by step instructions - calico installation under windows xp

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Step by Step Guide to Installing Calico (Windows XP SP2/SP3)


  1. Confirm that you have administrative rights in windows XP
  2. Download and Install Mono
  3. Download and Install Calico
  4. Edit the StartCalico.bat file (if necessary)
  5. Run Calico to confirm it works!!

Confirm that you have administrative rights in Windows XP

  1. Log on to your PC as you would normally
  2. Right-click on the start button (make sure you use the right mouse button!)
  3. Look at the list of options that appear (the picture below is from my computer. You may have some different items on your list)
Start right click xp.jpg

  • If you have the "Open All Users" and "Explore All Users" options, then you DO have administrative rights
  • If you do not have both of these options, then you DO NOT have administrative rights. You will not be able to continue with the software installation from this account. Contact your system administrator.

Download and Install Mono

  • Download Mono 2.6.7 for Windows
    • Save the file somewhere on your hard drive
  • Close down other applications open on your machine
  • Run the mono-2.6.7-gtksharp-2.12.10-win32-2.exe file you just saved by double clicking on it.

  • If you get a security warning like the one pictured below, don't worry, you can run it.
Mono xp Security warning.jpg

  • You should get the Mono 2.6.7 Welcome screen shown below. Click on the "next" button as shown below
Mono2 6 7 welcome.jpg

  • Now accept the agreement and click on next as shown below
Mono agreement.jpg

  • Now, feel free to read the important information, but even if you don't, be sure to click on the Next button
Mono imp info.jpg

  • Now you need to select where mono should be installed. Generally the best thing to do if you don't know what you are doing is to just let the system install it for you where it wants to. But it is VERY IMPORTANT that you make a note of where it is installed. Get out a pencil and write it down for later!!!!
Mono destination.jpg

  • When asked to select which components should be installed, don't change anything, just click on the "next" button
Mono components.jpg

  • You can select a start menu folder if you wish, but might as well just leave it alone and click on "next"
Mono start menu.jpg

  • Just accept the default port, and click on "next"
Mono port.jpg

  • Hooray, it's time to click on the "Install" Button
Mono install.jpg

  • Watch as mono is installed. Finally, click on the "Finish" button.
Mono finish.jpg

Download and Install Calico

  • First, download and save the newest zip file:
    • The day I happened to make this tutorial, the latest one was called, but yours will probably have a bigger and better number
  • Be sure to save this somewhere on your hard drive. I chose to save mine to D:\temp but you can put yours where ever you like.

  • Next, use my computer to find the file that you saved. Select the file by right-clicking it, and choose "extract all"
Calico extract.jpg

  • The Compressed (zipped) Folders Extraction Wizard should appear. Click on the "next" button
Unzip welcome.jpg

  • Now you need to select a Destination to extract the files to. For this step I recommend that you put the files somewhere special and don't necessarily just go with the default. What's my definition of special? Well, some of that is your choice, but I suggest that you put it in a similar place to your mono files. You did write down where you put them, right? If not, time to hunt around on my computer ...

If you saved your mono files in C:\Program Files\Mono-2.6.7

  • Click on the browse button on the extraction wizard
Extract browse.jpg

  • Select C:\Program Files as shown below, and then click OK.
Extract dest.jpg

    • After you select C:\Program Files and click OK, you should see the new location C:\Program Files listed as the destination, as shown below
Extract dest2.jpg

    • When you're confident the location is correct, click on OK as shown below to start the extraction
Extract dest3.jpg

    • When the extraction is complete, make sure the "show extracted files" box is checked, and then click on Finish, as shown below
Extract complete.jpg

    • Your C:\Program Files folder will open. Double click on "Calico" so you see the C:\Program Files\Calico folder as shown below (if yours looks a little different from mine, you can choose "details" from the view menu
Calico folder.jpg

If you saved your mono files in C:\Program Files (x86)\Mono-2.6.7

  • You're going to have to do the same thing as described above, just make sure you choose "C:\Program Files (x86)" wherever the description above says to choose "C:\Program Files"

If you saved your mono files in C:\Program Files (x86)\Mono-2.6.7

  • You're on your own, but it should be pretty clear from the instructions above what you need to do.

Edit the StartCalico.bat file (if necessary)

If your Calico files are saved in C:\Program Files\Calico

      • C:\Program Files (x86)\Mono-2.6.7