Installation Instructions for SkyAtNight

The SkyAtNight program comes packaged in a single self-extracting Install package file (an executable .EXE file). Simply run that file and you will be presented with an installation dialog that allows you to read a brief description of the SkyAtNight program, review the installation requirements, read the ReadMe file, and then install and setup the SkyAtNight program.

Some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and some Browsers don’t allow you to download .EXE files directly. In this situation, you can download the corresponding .ZIP file; the .ZIP file is simply a “wrapper” for the .EXE file. If you download the .ZIP file, you can either run the .EXE file directly from within the .ZIP file, or you can “unzip” it to store the .EXE installation file in a location of your choice on your hard drive. Windows XP®, Windows Vista® and Windows 7® all support .ZIP files, although they are called “compressed folders”. You can also use a product such as WinZip, PKzip, SimplyZip, 7-Zip, or PowerZip (and perhaps other programs as well) to unzip the file to obtain the installation .EXE file.

If you are running with UAC (User Account Control) on Windows Vista® or Windows 7®, you will will have to reply to the authorization dialog when you run the Install program. I haven’t paid the big$$ to become a known publisher (this is free software after all!), so we just have to tolerate my “unknown publisher” status.

SkyAtNight contains no Ads, Viruses, Spys, Trojans or other such “mal-ware” that neither you nor I want running on our systems. Never has, never will.

With Windows Vista®, the authorization dialog will say …

An unidentified program wants to access your computer

You will have to click the answer …

I trust this program. I know where it’s from or I’ve used it before.

… in order to allow the Install program to continue.

With Windows 7®, the authorization dialog will question …

Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer?

You will have to click the answer …


… in order to allow the Install program to continue.

Alas, this is now normal for (almost) all installation programs with UAC.