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How to install Abaqus

2016 Installation on Windows

Note: If you need help installing a different version of Abaqus or help installing on a different operating system, the instructions are different than those below.

  1. The contents of the tar files need to be extracted in a way that allows them their contents to overlap directories. One way to do this is by using 7-zip: select all files, right click, 7-zip "extract here". You should find a subdirectory named "AM_SIM_Abaqus_Extend.AllOS" with the installation software within.
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  2. You will find the license server setup buried within that subdirectory (and many more) at this location:
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  3. The documentation will need to be installed next, either on a central computer or on each client's workstation. Once you extract the "2016.AM_DOC_SIM_EstPrd.AllOS.tar" file you will find the documentation server setup program here:

    By the way, the Installation and Licensing Guide, which explains this whole process in detail is located here:
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  4. Once the license and documentation are set up then you may begin installing software on the client machine(s). The client programs are currently broken into many separate installers that should be run in this order:
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Tips & Hints

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