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Installation Options

There are two options for installing/using RIMMF. Both of these options require the Windows1) operating system. See our FAQ page for advice on using other operating systems.

The first option, referred to as the 'Standard installation' below, is to let Windows install the program. This method adds an icon for the program to the desktop, and saves all data to the location defined as your My Documents folder2). During the installation process this method requires access to administrative privileges on the computer.

The second option, referred to as the 'Flash drive installation', is to unzip the RIMMF files onto a USB flash drive, or memory card, or any other storage area on your computer over which you have control3), and then run the program from that location. In this case, both program files and user data will be saved to the install folder. Unlike a standard installation, this option does not require access to administrative privileges on the computer at any time.

Which one should I use?
Choose whatever method allows you to update the software. If you have Admin rights, use the first one; if you do not have Admin rights, use the second one.

Note: It is possible (in RIMMF2, and RIMMF3, but not RIMMF1) to use both installation types on the same machine; RIMMF will use the data and tables appropriate to the scenario in which the app is launched.

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Standard installation

  1. Save the file (setupRimmf3.exe) to your desktop (or another easy-to-remember location)
  2. When the download completes, double-click on the file 'setupRimmf3.exe'
  3. Respond to all prompts in the installation dialog
  4. To start the program, double-click on the desktop icon

Flash drive installation

  1. Click this link: Link to the zip installer
  2. “Save As” the file ( to your flash drive/memory card
  3. When the download completes, extract the zip folder
    1. Right-click on the file
    2. Select the option 'Extract to “setupRimmf3\”'
    3. Open the folder “setupRimmf3”
  4. To start the program, double-click on 'rimmf3' (or the icon, if you made a shortcut)
  5. If you wish (and are allowed) to add a desktop icon, right-click on the app 'rimmf3.exe' and select 'Send to desktop'

Once the program is installed, the first time you open it, you will have to setup your record prefix;
then you will be ready to start RIMMFing resources. Here is some more info on starting the program for the first time.

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Here are a few thing to keep in mind if RIMMF is already installed, and you are updating your version of the program. If you have anything you want to save (other than records, which will not be affected by updates), backup your current RIMMF installation (eg., for a standard install, make a copy of My Documents\RIMMF3; for a zip install, make a copy of the installation folder).

If you are using the 'Standard installation', simply follow the 'Standard installation' steps above.

If you are using the Flash drive installation', use these steps to update:

  1. Download the zip installer as per the instructions above
    1. replace the existing zip file
  2. Extract the program to the same folder as you originally did
    1. replace ALL existing files

Either way, records, templates, or table customizations will not be changed or deleted.

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Compatibility with RIMMF1 and RIMMF2

RIMMF1, RIMMF2 and RIMMF3 can be installed on the same computer. All three versions of the program may be used without impacting the other in any way.

However, please note these limitations:

  1. You may run RIMMF1, RIMMF2 and RIMMF3 at the same time, but only one copy of each version of RIMMF should be running at a given time
  2. RIMMF1 records can be loaded into RIMMF2 (RIMMF2 is able to autoconvert RIMMF1 records)
  3. RIMMF2 records can be imported into RIMMF3
  4. RIMMF2 records will not load in RIMMF1
  5. RIMMF3 records will not load in RIMMF2 or RIMMF1

Note that RIMMF1 folder names are simply named 'RIMMF'; whereas RIMMF2 folder names will be named 'RIMMF2' and RIMMF3 folder names will be named 'RIMMF3'. This note applies to both My Documents and Program Files.

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Installation notes

For detailed notes on installation please see Learn about: RIMMF Installation.

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You might find these Tutorials helpful as a starting place:

Hopefully, you will also find the User Guide useful as you learn about RIMMF functionality.

If you get stuck, send us an email:
rimmf (at)

1) Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries
2) which, in many institutionalized environments, is located on on a network drive
3) including your My Documents folder
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