Software Upgrade/Installation Hints

 

Before you install an upgrade, it is best practice to first uninstall the previous version of Fulton Findings software.  Please note this WILL NOT destroy your data files and it will not destroy your *.INI files for configuration

 

Uninstall old software instructions:

            For Windows 2000:

Click on Start

Click on Services to access the Control Panel

In the Control Panel click on Add/Remove Programs

Search for SuperSMITH or WinSMITH Weibull or WinSMITH Visual

Click on the program you want to remove followed by clicking on Change/Remove

Click on Remove

If asked to remove all common files, say Yes

            For Windows XP:

Click on Start

Click on Control Panel

Click on Add or Remove Programs

Search for SuperSMITH or WinSMITH Weibull or WinSMITH Visual

Click on the program you want to remove followed by clicking on Change/Remove

Click on Remove

If asked to remove all common files, say Yes

            For VISTA:

Click on Start

Click on Control Panel

Click on Programs & Features ßNote the difference in the menu selection

Search for SuperSMITH or WinSMITH Weibull or WinSMITH Visual

Click on the program you want to remove

Right mouse click

Click on Change/Remove

If asked to remove all common files, say Yes

 

Now you are ready to install the upgrade CD: 

Put the CD in your appropriate drive.  If AUTOSTART does not initiate installation procedures to run SETUP.EXE on the CD, then use one of the following:

            Using Windows Explorer, go to the CD drive and click on SETUP.EXE

Or

            Click on Start

            Click on Run

            Enter D:\SETUP.EXE (assuming the CD is located in drive D:)

Follow the instructions during the setup---yes, it will ask you if you want the installation to proceed to C:\SMITHW or you can choose your own location.

 

Starting instructions:

Start the software from the Start button.

Select and run the appropriate software.

Upon first opening the program you will be asked to accept/reject as Yes (Yes, I accept the license agreement and disclaimers), or No (I do not accept the license agreement—then remove the software).  For all the software license (EULA) details.

The main screen displays a data spreadsheet and an active results window as well as all main options available in the software.

            WinSMITH™ Visual is a program for plotting cost curves, building Crow-AMSAA (Duane) reliability growth curves and performing other plotting routines.

            WinSMITH™ Weibull is a program for preparing probability plots from age-to-failure data and making other reliability plots.

            SuperSMITH is a software bundle of later versions of Visual and Weibull.

Three software training aids are available for using the software features:

1.     PlayTIME is the home study tutorial used for Weibull Analysis training classes by Dr. Abernethy and Wes Fulton.  It is terse but covers most software functions.

2.     WinSMITH Weibull and WinSMITH Visual Training Manual is used for the 1.5 day WinSMITH Weibull and WinSMITH Visual hands-on training sessions.  It contains many more details on how to use the software with problems to solve and answers to the questions along with many hints.

3.     You can download a short PDF file that shows excerpts from the WSW-WSV Training Manual.  This will help you get started with the software and how you interpret a Weibull plot.

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Last revised 10/09/2013