Notes about BIAB Installation

Notes About Installing BIAB

If you are upgrading from one version of BIAB to another, be aware that the installation process will over-write files that had been installed or were created or updated since it was last installed. This means that you could lose valuable data when you upgrade. You should therefore use BIAB’s built-in back-up capability to create a back-up of your data. When viewing Preferences > Set-Up in the BIAB Main file you will find a button in the middle of the screen with the title “Back-Up and Restore BIAB Data” that leads you through he process of creating a back-up and then importing your data from that back-up, after you have upgraded.  This process should be quite seamless, providing the first two digits of the version numbers are the same for both the old and new versions of BIAB.

If you are updating BIAB from a version that is earlier than v8.4.0, and have data in the previous version that you would like to transfer into the latest version, you may want to contact Graham Lindsay on how best to proceed with the data transfer.

Windows Version

Before attempting installation it is best to isolate (or to remove) any previous version of Biathlon-in-a-Box from your hard drive, otherwise it is possible that the newer version will attempt to use program-related files from the older version, which could cause poor functioning of the program. Renaming the directory that contains the older version of BIAB is sufficient to provide this isolation.

The Windows installation file, which has a name similar to “BIABv853_Win_Installer.exe” is a typical Windows installer application that will install Biathlon-in-a-Box, together with all its supporting files and directories. This installer will demand that you enter a password before it will run. When BIAB was licensed, the organization holding the license was sent the password.  If you are affiliated with one of the organizations holding a license, listed here, and you have forgotten or perhaps never had a copy of the password, you should contact your affiliated organization (your Club, or through it to your Division) to get if.  If you cannot successfully make such contact, you may, as a last resort, contact Graham Lindsay directly.

It is recommended that you install Biathlon-in-a-Box just off the root directory of your computer. For your convenience, the Windows installer is preconfigured to install Biathlon-in-a-Box in the directory “c:/biab”.   You can and may choose a different installation location if you wish – but do not attempt to install BIAB in the location normally used for other Windows programs –  “c:/Program Files” or “c:/Program Files (x86)”.  BIAB will not run properly from either of those locations due to limitations imposed by the Windows operating system).

The installer will create a new directory, “biab” (or whatever you may have renamed it) on the “c-drive” and install all of the application files and their supporting files, together with any necessary sub-directories, into that directory.  The installer will create a shortcut to the application and place it on your desktop.  In addition, the installer will add Biathlon-in-a-Box to the list of installed applications that appears in the Windows Applications Menu, which also gives you the normal Windows options, including a means of uninstalling BIAB, as you may with other Windows applications.

After you have completed the installation, run the application by using the short cut or double clicking upon, or otherwise causing to run, the file in your chosen installation directory called “Biathlon-in-a-Box.exe.”

Macintosh Version

Double-click upon, or otherwise run the file with a name similar to “”.  This will uncompress the installer file (ending in .dmg) which you may then need to double-click, to make it run.  You will have to supply the requested password for that to happen, after which a Macintosh disk image will be created, which will allow you to install the application itself by dragging a folder containing all the necessary files to your Desktop (the recommended installation location), or to some other location on your computer in which you want to install BIAB.  I normally put BIAB directly on the Desktop so that it is easy to find and use, but you may prefer to put it in your Applications folder.  In order to place an application into the Applications folder you must have Administrative privileges for the computer.

To run the application, double-click upon the file “Biathlon-in-a-Box”.  If you want to make an alias to the application, then you make the alias to this file.

When it purchased its license for BIAB each licensee was sent the password. If you have forgotten it, or you never had a copy but are part of a licensed organization, contact the licensee (one of the organizations listed on this page with which you are affiliated), or if all else fails, Graham Lindsay directly.

You should isolate any previous version of Biathlon-in-a-Box on your hard drive (renaming the folder that contains the application is sufficient) before you install another version, otherwise you could inadvertently be trying to run the application with incompatible files from the previous version.