1. Go to Stanford Universities Folding@home distributed computing webpage: http://folding.stanford.edu/.
2. Click the “Download” link on the left navigational column.
3. Type a desired username in the text field where it says, “YourName”.
Note: A username is a name that will be associated with your computers work results. To see your returned work results one can go to the blue “Stats” link on the navigational bar.
4. Click search to see if someone is already using this name.
For example, John Doe would like to see if the username “Mr_Anonymous” is already taken. So he types this into the text field and clicks “search”.
5. Check to see if your desired user name is taken.
Important: A user name that is not taken will have no links under the line “—Name Mr_Anonymous”. Mr_Anonymous will be replaced by whatever user name you typed in.
A non-taken user name:
This name is not taken because there is nothing down here.
Continue to page 3 to see an example of a taken user name.
A taken user name:
Note: If you name is taken go back to step 3 and try a different name.
This name is taken because there is something down here.
6. Once you have found a non-taken name, go back to the download page by clicking the “Download” link in the navigational bar on the left.
7. Scroll down the downloads page until you see the cell in the table titled “Windows NT/200/XP ‘No nonsense’ text-only console”.
8. Single click the download button to the right of the “Windows NT/200/XP ‘No nonsense’ text-only console” cell.
Note: If two of these cells exist choose the row with the “5.04beta cell in it.
9. On the dialog box that pops up click the “save” button.
10. Save the FAH504-Console.exe file in a new folder on your computer.
Note: for ease of finding the folder in the future; create a new folder under the “c:” drive titled “Cancer Research”, and save it there.
a. Click the “My Computer” icon to see a list of the hard drives on your computer.
Continue to page 5 to proceed with creating a folder.
b. Double click “Local Disk (c:)” to get to the folders on your local C drive.
c. Click the new folder () icon to create a new folder under the C drive.
Continue to page 6 to proceed with creating a folder.
d. Type in the new folders name that you wish to create.
For example, “Cancer Research”.
Continue to page 7 to proceed with opening your newly created folder.
e. Double click the new folder that was created to open it up and display it’s empty contents.
Note: Once “Save” is pressed this progress screen will pop up. This screen lists the percent of the download that is completed. If the download does not complete restart at step 6 and try downloading it into the folder that you created before.
11. After the download has reached 100%, click the “Close” button. This will open up the Folding@home program.
12. Minimize all your Internet Explorer windows by clicking all the buttons in the top right corners.
15. Double click the folder that you saved the Folding@home program in.
16. Double click the FAH504-Console.exe file.
Note: Before the program is opened up all the way Microsoft Windows may prompt a security warning. Click the “Run” button to continue with opening up and running the Folding@home program.
12. Fill these prompts in when you get to them:
Important: Read this step completely through before you enter anything.
Note: Press the “Enter” to submit response for each prompt.
a.User name [Anonymous]? Fill in with the user name that you chose.
b. Team Number ? Fill in with 0, if you want to have your user name under the default team, or use your team’s number that you want to belong to. Example: the technology site [H]ard|OCP is team number 33.
c. Launch automatically at machine startup, installing this as a service (yes/no) [no]? Answer “yes”.
Note: This will make Folding@home start right up with your computer, and you wont have to worry about starting it manually.
d. Ask before fetching/sending work (no/yes) [no]? Enter “no”.
e. Use Internet Explorer Settings (no/yes) [no]? Enter “no”.
f. Use proxy [no]? Enter “no”.
g. Allow receipt of work assignments and return of work results greater than 5mb in size (such work units may have large memory demands) [no]? Enter “no”.
h. Change advanced options (yes/no) [no]? Enter “no”.
Note: After this final question the Folding@home will start to run. It will first down a work unit, and then it will continue to process the work unit and start doing calculations.
For Example: Our Mr. John Doe would fill it in like this:
User name [Anonymous]? Mr_Anonymous
Team Number ? 33
Launch automatically at machine startup, installing this as a service (yes/no) [no]? yes
Ask before fetching/sending work (no/yes) [no]? no
Use Internet Explorer Settings (no/yes) [no]? no
Use proxy [no]? no
Allow receipt of work assignments and return of work results greater than 5mbinsize(suchworkunitsmayhavelargememorydemands)[no]? no
Change advanced options (yes/no) [no]? no
A running Folding@home screen:
Note: At this point Folding@home has started to process a work unit.
14. Restart your computer. After this restart, Folding@home will start during the boot-up of Windows and there will be no screen present. Folding@home will be working silently in the background, and you won’t need to do anything with it.
You are now done installing Folding@home. Congratulations!