Installing C-Law Cashier / 2000 series software



There are basically two different situations in which you will be installing C-Law Cashier 2000 series. Either it will be a brand new system or you will be upgrading from a previous version of C-Law.

1. Brand New System

There are two possibilities. You can either install blank data which we will supply to you separately. This will be set up for you by us in advance and embedded with your licence and firm name. Or you can install demo data which is provided on the installation CD.

2. Upgrading from previous C-Law software

If you are upgrading then there are two possible situations. You need to determine which version of our previous C-Law software you have.

We can convert the data for you from version 88. However if you have version 3-3 (our first version) we cannot upgrade to C-Law 2005 straightaway and have to first upgrade to version 88. In both cases you will need to send us a backup of your data and we will do it for you.


Installation CD for C-Law Cashier 2000 series

You will have been supplied with an installation CD. This installs the program onto your computer. The data is then either upgraded or supplied from new – this is a separate operation distinct from the initial program installation. We will describe both operations in this section.

The program installation from the CD when complete will give you a new item on your program menu "C-Law 2005" and one or two options under this menu item.

IMPORTANT   The installation CD is not designed to upgrade an existing installation of C-Law 2005. If you wish to do the latter please contact us. If you wish to upgrade an existing C-Law 2000 series then you will need a C-Law software upgrade CD from us or download it over the internet from the C-Law update software. You will need a password for this which is supplied free to users with support agreements..

Take the CD out of its packet and with your computer running Windows open the CD tray and insert the CD and close the tray.

The CD may "autorun" and come up with a screen saying that temporary files are being installed and then the main dark blue C-Law installation screen.

If your CD does not autorun when you insert it then we suggest you click on the "My Computer" icon on your screen and then double click the CD icon. A list of files and icons should appear and amongst these you should find one called "Setup". Double click on it. (NB: This is only necessary if your CD does not autorun.)

Then you should see a blue installation screen suggesting that you close down any programs that are running. Click OK to continue.

Next you need to confirm the folder where you want C-Law Cashier to be installed.

By default this will be prompted as C:\Program Files\C-Law 2000 Unless you have any reason not to use this folder (in which case you must specify another place on your computer hard drive manually) we suggest you click the large icon to continue.

You will then be asked to confirm a program group name. C-Law 2000  will be prompted. We suggest you use this - just click to continue.

The installation process should now continue automatically and should be quite quick.

When the installation is complete you will be notified and will be returned to the Windows desktop. At this stage remove the CD and store it away safely in its sleeve or container.

The installation does not set up a desktop icon. But it will have created a new program group in your program menu called C-Law 2000 - which you can get to by clicking your Start button and looking under Programs. If you really want a desktop icon this can easily be created later.

Click Start and Programs and select C-Law 2000 and you should find an item for "C-Law 2000" and also "Software Update" (or similar). The latter is there to enable your software to be updated with the latest version which if you purchase a system we will supply - or you can download from our web site. You may also have a System Monitor icon and a Category Conversion tool icon. You do not need these at this stage.

The first stage completed

The program is now installed and the first stage has been completed. The next stage is to provide some data for the program to work with. You cannot use the program software you have just installed unless you either have previous C-Law version 88 data present, or you install either (1) blank data or (2) demonstration data.

Note that if you have non-compatible C-Law data present (eg: version 3-3) you cannot use it with C-Law Cashier 2000 series and will have to choose a folder name other than C-Law to install your data to. If you have version 88 data present but it is not in C:\C_LAW\SOLSDATA then it cannot be used either and you will have to contact us.


Demonstration Data

The CD contains some basic demonstration data for you to install and if the software does not detect that you have existing data it will by default put in demonstration data for you.  You can use this as a first stage in a re-installation if you have a data backup you want to restore. Having installed demo data you can then go the restore screen and restore your own data. The password will be ION and LAW until your data has been set up.


Printer tuning

C-Law 2000 series software prints via the Windows interface using the Windows printer object and thus will work with most printers under Windows. However because C-Law provides a fixed non-proportional font page output to the printer you may need to do some initial setting up to adjust C-Law to centre the prints on the page and/or to make sure that the length of the prints is correct. Don’t worry - once done it doesn’t need to be done again – unless you change your printer.

There is a utility built in to C-Law to enable you to adjust the print output. It is selected from the file menu. See Setting up Printer for details of how to do this.


C-Law 2000 series - Date problems

Problems with the date can sometimes be due to Windows being set up for an American or non British date system. To check or resolve this:-


Click on REGIONAL SETTINGS (it has as an icon a picture of the world)

Make sure the settings say "English British" or "English United Kingdom"

If not look in the listing and select this as your international setting. Some computers are set when delivered to English United States. This is no good for the UK. If so you need to change this as above.

Then click on the "Date" tab and make sure this is set to Short Date Style dd/MM/yy and date separator is / . The short date sample shown should be for eg. 01/02/01



Once you have done this click APPLY and then click OK and re-start C-Law 2000.

At Christmas 2001 we amended the software to avoid it using the Windows dating system and for installations or upgrades after this date the Windows regional setting should not be important. But if you get date problems still try the above. If there is still a problem with dates please tell us with details of where the problem arose.

Screen colour resolution problems

C-Law assumes that your screen will be set to a 32 bit colour display. 16 bit will be OK but if you have 32 bit or maximum colours set it to that. (Right click on a blank screen area on your Windows desktop and select Properties and Settings to see the colour depth setting). If you only have a 16 or 256 colour display setting you may need to increase this to at least 16 bit colour or the largest number of colours. If you don’t wish to do this you can go to the File Menu on the main screen in C-Law and select "low resolution colour display". You will not then be able to easily see yellow colour coded costs entries on a white background and will probably wish to use a grey background for ledger displays.

If you cannot read entries on the highlight bar in the reconciliation screen area it will almost certainly be because you have a low resolution colour display set up in Windows and will need to either change your Windows screen setting to 16 bit or greater colour resolution - or else change the C-Law setting on the main screen File Menu to low resolution colour display.

Please also see the notes on choosing computer monitors on the Computer Hardware page in this manual.

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