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Instructions for Installing Hera Software on a PC

  1. Please visit the Imagine the Universe! site online at to get the most recent version.
  2. After you've downloaded the file, click on it to launch InstallShield. This will guide you through the installation process.
  3. When the download is complete, click on the icon, or on "run" to run the installation wizard. The installation wizard will guide you through the installation on your local computer.
  4. Next you will need to create a Student Hera shortcut on your desktop.
    1. Locate the "fv" icon on the desktop.
    2. Right click and select "copy".
    3. Point the cursor anywhere on the desktop that does not have an icon and right click the mouse button again and select "paste".
    4. Right click the newly created icon "fv" and select "Property"->"Shortcut" and enter " -student" (that's a space and then -student) after "fv.exe" in Target entry.
    5. Click on "Okay"
    6. Rename this icon to "Hera" so you know that this is the icon for Student Hera.

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