Installing Salon Iris software for the first time Installing Salon Iris software on your computer for the first time is easy, and should only take a few minutes. Whether you are installing the trial or a full copy of the software, the instructions are the same. If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. Step 1: Check your Computer Requirements Before you install Salon Iris, make sure that your computer meets the system requirements. Single Computer Hardware Requirements The following hardware specifications are recommended if you are using Salon Iris on one computer in your business. Follow these specifications for the Solo, Standard, and Professional editions of Salon Iris. For adequate performance to run the software, please follow at least the minimum hardware specifications. For optimal performance, please follow at least the recommended hardware specifications. Item Minimum Recommended Processor 1.5 GHz 1.8 GHz Memory 2.0 GB 4.0 GB Free Hard 1.0 GB 2.0 GB Drive Space Internet Optional; Internet not required High speed Internet Connection* Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit, all editions), Windows Vista, Operating Windows XP (SP2, Home or Professional), Windows Server System 2011, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 RT, Windows Server 2003 Screen 1024 x 768 pixel minimum resolution required Resolution *Internet connection is optional if credit card processing is not used, but will allow for better access to support and software updates. Multi-Computer Edition Hardware Requirements The following hardware specifications are recommended if you are using Salon Iris on multiple computers in your business. Follow these specifications for the Multi-Computer edition of Salon Iris. For adequate performance to run the software, please follow at least the minimum hardware specifications. For optimal performance, please follow at least the recommended hardware specifications. Salon Iris networking uses a true server/client relationship for maximum speed and efficiency. The server computer is a fully functioning computer from which you can take appointments, run payroll, look up clients, etc. You do not need a dedicated server computer or a very high end computer. Your server computer will be the computer that runs SQL Server 2005 Express (or SQL Server, depending on the number of client computers), holds the database, and is able to make backups of your database. Because the server computer will perform the most work, it should be your best quality computer for optimal performance. Server Computer Number of Clients (other 2-9 Client Computers 10+ Client Computers computers in the network) Item Minimum Recommended Minimum Recommended Processor 1.5 GHz 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz 2.66+ GHz Memory 2.0 GB 4.0 GB 4.0 GB 6.0 GB Free Hard 1.0 GB 2.0 GB 1.0 GB 2.0 GB Drive Space Optional; Optional; Internet High speed High speed Internet not Internet not Connection* Internet Internet required required Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit, all editions), Windows Vista, Operating Windows XP (SP2, Home or Professional), Windows Server System 2011, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 RT, Windows Server 2003 Screen 1024 x 768 pixel minimum resolution required Resolution SQL Server Full copy of 2005 SQL Server 2005 Full copy of Microsoft SQL Server Express Express (free with Microsoft SQL SQL Server Edition (free with Salon Iris Server (Standard (Standard Salon Iris purchase) or Higher) or Higher) purchase) Note: The number of client computers you have does not affect the specifications for a single client computer. Please read the client computer specifications below, and then follow accordingly depending on your performance needs. Each Client Computer Item Minimum Recommended Processor 1.5 GHz 1.8 GHz Memory 2.0 GB 4.0 GB Free Hard 1.0 GB 2.0 GB Drive Space Internet Optional; Internet not required High speed Internet Connection* Windows XP (SP2, Home or Professional), Windows Server Operating 2003 (all editions), Windows Vista (all editions, 32 or 64 bit), System Windows 7 (all editions, 32 or 64 bit), or Windows Server 2008 (all editions) Screen 1024 x 768 pixel minimum resolution required Resolution *Internet connection is optional if credit card processing and online booking are not used, but will allow for better access to support and software updates. If credit card processing is used, you have the option of using a high speed internet connection or a modem. Step 2: Download the Software Download the latest version of Salon Iris software by going to our website and click on Download. Select the option to Run the file. We recommend that you exit other programs while running the setup file. Once the software has finished downloading, you will be asked if you want to run the software at this time. Select Run to continue. Step 3: Installing Salon Iris If you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you may see a User Account Control message come up when the program starts to install. In this case, allow the setup by clicking on Yes. You will see a standard welcome screen come up for installing the program. Click Next to continue. Accept the license agreement and click on Next to install the software. You will then be shown the installation location of the software. Do not change this location and click on Next. Finally, click the Install button and Salon Iris will continue with installing its required components as well as the software itself. If you did not already have SQL Server 2005 Express installed on your computer, this will be installed automatically for you. This software is a required component for Salon Iris software to run, and holds your database (information). You should not need to change anything on this screen, but rather just wait for it to complete. After SQL Server 2005 Express installs on your computer, the Salon Iris program itself will install. When it is done, select the option to Launch Salon Iris, which will open the program after you click on Finish. Step 5: Register the software When you start Salon Iris you will be prompted to register the software, or continue using the software as a trial. If you have already purchased the software and have your serial number select the Register option and enter the serial number in the spaces provided to continue. Otherwise, you may continue using the free trial. You will be asked to create a new blank database, sample database, or to restore a backup (if you previously had the software on another computer or are reinstalling on this computer). If you would like to get started using the software with your own employees, services, and clients right away, then choose the "blank database" option. If you would like to start learning how to use Salon Iris software with some sample information (which can be deleted later), select "sample database". Click OK to create the database and continue. That's everything! You can now start using Salon Iris software to manage your business If you have any problems installing and need assistance, please contact and we can help with installing and setting up the software for the first time.
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