How to Install Software in Microsoft Windows
Below are very detailed steps for installing our game software. We've prepared
these instructions to be somewhat generic so that they might also be useful for
installing other software as well. The intended audience is a novice user of
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10.
Typically, there are multiple acceptable ways to install software. The instuctions
below describe just one such method.
1. Download Software
Popular browser brands include Internet Explorer, Navigator, and Firefox.
The exact steps for downloading software from the Internet will vary depending on
the brand and version of browser you are using. Below are generic steps that will
work in most browsers.
The downloading process should begin, and you may see a progress bar and other
information such as the results of an automatic virus scan.
Some computers might be set up to automatically begin an extract/unzip process
upon downloading. If you observe that, jump ahead to step 2.7, otherwise proceed
Q. Why don't you show a screen shot here?
A. The different versions of Windows each look different, and we don't want people
to think they are in the wrong spot if their display is not identical to a sample
screen shot. Rather than screen appearance or exact wording, strive to find the
2. Uncompress Download
ZIP is a popular compression format
To reduce download time most downloads are provided in a compressed form, and that means
you cannot put them to use until you uncompress them. Now find the downloaded file on
your computer so you can uncompress it.
- 2.1) If you see ebp.zip listed, click on it and jump to step 2.6 below, otherwise
you need to find the ebp.zip you downloaded. In Windows, click the Start button;
usually the Start button is found near a corner of the display.
- 2.2) The Start menu will pop up. Look for and click "My Computer" or "Computer".
- 2.3) Usually several devices, such as hard disk drives, CDs, DVDs, and others
will be shown. Look for the one labeled C: and double click on it.
- 2.4) Typically you'll be shown an alphabetized list. Most items in the list
will be of Type File Folder. These are the already existing folders/subdirectories
on your drive C:.
- 2.5) Find your downloaded file in the list. In this case you are looking for
"ebp.zip" or just "ebp" of Type "Compressed..." in the C:\ folder (or whatever
folder you used in step 1.4). If the file Type is not displayed in the
list, you can examine it by right clicking on the item and choosing Properties.
- 2.6) If via the steps above you come upon a list that includes CP5DLL32.DLL, you
are getting close: look for an "Extract all files" menu item and choose it. If you
do not see CP5DLL32, instead look for the ebp compressed zip file, right click on
it and choose Extract All.
Q. I don't see an Extract option.
A. Some versions of Windows prior to XP were not able to handle ZIP files directly. You
will need an external program such as PkUnzip or WinZip to uncompress the ZIP file. Such
discussion is beyond the scope of these instructions. Visit sites such as
- 2.7) The Extract feature activates the Windows extraction (uncompression) process.
Exactly what will appear on your screen depends on your version of Windows. Proceed to
where Windows displays "Files will be extracted to this directory:" or
"Files will be extracted to this folder:" or similar.
- 2.8) Windows will show an extraction folder/subdirectory name such as "C:\ebp" or
something like "C:\Users\myname\Downloads\ebp". If a
folder by this name (ebp) does not yet exist on drive C:, Windows will create it and place
inside it the uncompressed files of the download. Proceed by clicking the Next or Extract
or similarly named button.
Q. Should the Empire Builder Pronto (EBP) folder go in Program Files?
A. We recommend against it. Windows version after XP introduced changes that make the
Program Files folder act differently and interfere with smooth operation of EBP.
If you are installing some other software application and it requires being stored
within the Program Files folder, manually modify the extraction location in step 2.8.
For example, you might change it to C:\Program Files\newapp
Ready to Run
Other applications may require you to run at step 2.10 a setup or install process.
Look for items in the list named setup or install. EBP, however, does not require
this, and you should ignore the install.bat you may see in its folder.
- 2.9) Windows will display the contents of the folder into which you extracted
- 2.10) If you are using Windows Vista/7/8/10, to run EBP right click on ebp.exe or
the ebp Application, and choose Run as Administrator. With older versions of Windows,
you can simply double click on ebp.exe or the ebp Application.
- 2.11) Enjoy!
If you wish to do housecleaning, you can now delete the EBP.ZIP download
from your C:\ folder. Navigate back to the C:\ folder, right click on the EBP.ZIP
item and choose Delete.
Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
Newer Windows versions have several security-related quirks.
If you see "Windows protected your PC" this is merely Microsoft telling you it's
seeing EBP on your computer for the first time. This is normal for a download.
Click "More Info" and "Run Anyway" to tell Windows you want to run the game.
If EBP asks if
your operating system is Windows Vista or newer, shows you a "Path/file access error",
or if its help system fails to display properly, see the
list of fixes.
3. Create Desktop Icon
If EBP's icon does not appear on your Windows desktop, create one manually:
An icon for the program should now appear on your desktop. You can double click the
icon to run the program.
- 3.1) Right click on an empty area of your Desktop, and select New, Shortcut.
- 3.2) When Windows prompts for the location of the item, enter the path to where
you installed the program in step 2.8, such as C:\EBP\EBP.EXE
4. Install Game Maps
Q. Help, I don't know where to download my purchased maps.
A. When you pay via Paypal to register, upon completing checkout Paypal
takes you to the map download links. From there follow the directions
of the next question (below). Or, if you missed the map download links,
promptly contact us via email
to tell us which maps you paid for so we can email them to you.
Maps must be installed into the same folder as your EBP program!
The instructions here apply to the current version of EBP.
As you pay and checkout via Paypal, follow the on-screen prompts to arrive at
the downloads of alternate game maps for EBP.
Once there, follow the detailed steps below:
- 4.1) First determine where on your computer you have installed EBP. To do so
run the game, choose its Help, About menu, and in the About window look for
"Program Location". The location listed is likely to resemble "C:\ebp" or
"C:\Program Files\something\etc..." Whatever that folder is, make a note of it
because that is where you must place the game maps as described in the steps below.
- 4.2) In your browser (or email viewer, if using that) right click on the map
or map package name (it resembles "eb7map.zip" or "bgspkg.zip") and choose
"Save Link As" or your browser's equivalent.
- 4.3) The "Save As" window should open. Use its menus and features such as
"Browse Folders", to find your way to folder name you obtained in step 4.1 above.
Then click the Save or OK or similar button to save the map file(s) into it.
Avoid changing the file name, instead keep it the same as the download, such as
- 4.4) Return to the EBP game. As of step 4.1 above the About window is open.
Click that window's OK button to close it.
- 4.5) Use the EBP game's File, Load Map menu.
- 4.6) In the "Load EBP Map or File" window that opens you should see the map files
listed, such as "eb7map.zip" or "bgspkg.zip". Choose any one of them and click OK.
Or, if none are listed, you need to upgrade to the current
version of EBP and/or redo from step 4.2 above.
- 4.7) EBP will ask if you want it to uncompress the map. Click OK to proceed.
Repeat for each map or map package you have in .zip form.
- 4.8) After uncompression, one or more .ebm files should appear in the list,
such as "eb7map.ebm" (the .zip extension has changed to .ebm). Each .ebm is a
different, playable map. To view and/or play on one, choose it and click OK.
We hope these details helped you learn about software installation!
If installation problems persist, we recommend you search online for help
using Windows, or ask a local friend for on-site assistance.
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Empire Builder is a registered trademark of Mayfair Games, and used here under license.
Empire Builder Pronto is a trademark of Intersystem Concepts, Inc.
EB Pronto and the alternate maps are not products of Mayfair Games.