The installation of EcoAssist might seem complicated, but it really isn’t. The steps are described in text below. It will install quite a lot of dependencies, so don’t panic if the installation takes 10-20 minutes and generates lots of textual feedback as it does so. Please note that some antivirus, VPN, proxy servers or other protection software might interfere with the installation. If you’re having trouble, please disable this protection software for the duration of the installation. Repeat this procedure to update to the latest version.
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- EcoAssist requires Git and a conda distribution to be installed on your device. See below for instructions on how to install them. During installation, you can leave all parameters at their default values.
- You can install Git from gitforwindows.org.
- EcoAssist will work with Miniforge, Mambaforge, Anaconda, or Miniconda. Miniforge is recommended, however, Mambaforge, Anaconda or Miniconda will suffice if you already have that installed. To install Miniforge, simply download and execute the Miniforge installer. If you see a “Windows protected your PC” warning, you may need to click “More info” and “run anyway”.
- Download the EcoAssist installation file for Windows and double-click it. If that doesn’t work, you can drag and drop it in a command prompt window (search applications for ‘command prompt’) and press enter.
- If you’ve executed it with admin rights, it will be installed for all users. If you don’t have admin rights, you will be prompted if you’d still like to enter an admin password, or proceed with the non-admin install – which will make EcoAssist available for your user only.
- When the installation is finished, there will be a shortcut file in your downloads folder. You are free to move this file to a more convenient location. EcoAssist will open when double-clicked. Opening EcoAssist for the first time will take a bit longer than usual due to script compiling. Have patience, all subsequent times will be better.
If you’re having trouble with permissions issues, you can choose to run it inside a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) environment. See the steps here.