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New install

CursorNode is installed using an MSI package downloaded from the home page. The package is held in a zip file to reduce download size. Normally, an install can be started by double clicking the MSI file while it is still in the zip file. However, if the ".msi" file type has been associated with a compression/archiving program, then the associated program will open it to display a list of files in the package. To perform an explicit install, it may be necessary to extract the MSI package from the zip file first, and then using the right-click context menu of the .msi file to select the "Install" option. Also on the context menu are "Repair" and "Uninstall" options.


Repairing

If the CursorNode installation becomes damaged, the provided MSI package offers a repair option that allows the damaged files to be repaired without having to remove the installation. If the MSI package contains a newer version of CursorNode than the damaged installation, then an upgrade install is performed to produce a usable installation.


Upgrading

An existing CursorNode installation can be upgraded to a new version without needing to be uninstalled first. When upgrading, the program settings and licensing data used by the existing installation are carried over to the new version automatically.

During an upgrade, the install process may request shut down of certain running programs because these use system resources needed by the install. Shutting down of programs, other than a running instance of CursorNode, is not recommended. Instead, the install process should be allowed to continue to the end without shutting down any programs, and then any reboot recommendation given by the install process should be followed.


Uninstalling

The CursorNode installation can be removed using the Windows Control Panel "Programs and Features" or "Add/Remove Programs" feature. Depending on the Windows version, an "Uninstall" option is also available in the "Cursor Node" folder on the Windows start menu.

Uninstalling CursorNode does not remove the program settings and licensing data used by the program. If these are not needed any more, then use the following steps:
  1. Delete directory C:\Users\[USER NAME]\AppData\Local\Cursor Node
  2. Delete the Windows registry key Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CursorNode

Program directory

CursorNode is installed in the standard Windows "Program Files (x86)" directory. If CursorNode is moved outside of the OS protected standard directory and ran, cursor customization for UWP games and apps may fail to work. This is a consequence of the enhanced security scheme used by Windows 10 and later.


Program data and settings

All the program settings used by CursorNode are held in the Windows registry under the key: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CursorNode

Licensing data used by CursorNode are held in the file:
C:\Users\[USER NAME]\AppData\Local\Cursor Node\CursorNode.dat. The containing directory is also used for holding some temporary runtime data used by CursorNode.



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