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Installing Compass Under Windows 8
Compass will install without any problems under Windows 8. Since Windows 8 is very different from previous versions of Windows, here is tutorial that will walk you through the installation process.
Compatibility Issues
Intel Compatible Processors. Compass can only run under Intel-Compatible Microprocessors. This means the computer hardware must use an Intel Processor such as an Intel Pentium, Atom or Celeron processor. AMD also makes Intel-compatible processors so computers using one of their processors will work fine with Compass and Windows 8.

Desktops, Laptops,  and Tablets. All Desktop Computers and most laptops use Intel-Compatible processors. Where you may have a problem is tablets. About half of the tablets use ARM processors which are not Intel Compatible and will not work with Compass. For example, the Microsoft Surface RT, which uses the Arm Processor, will not run Compass. On the other hand, the Microsoft Surface Pro does use an Intel processor and will run Compass. Other manufacturers such as Dell and Ausus make Intel-compatible tables that will run Compass. Bottom line: if you want to use a Tablet with Compass, make sure it is Intel Compatible.

Smart Phones. Currently, there are Intel Phones and Windows 8 phones, but no Windows 8 phones with Intel-based processors. There are some reports that they will be available soon, but at least for the time being, you won't be able to use Compass on your Smart Phone.

Compass Installation Procedures.
Here is a the step-by-step process for installing Compass under Windows 8.
1. In Windows 8, select Internet Explorer.

2. Navigate to the Compass Download Page at:

3. Select the "Compass for Windows" option and allow it to run:

4. You will received the following security message. Click on the "More Info" option:
5. Press the "Run anyway" button. You will receive another warning message and the Compass Installer will begin to run.

6. When the installer has finished, you will be in the old-style Desktop and standard Compass icon will be on the desktop. If you are most comfortable with the old-style Windows Desktop, you can run Compass here like you have always done.

If you want to work in the new Metro Interface, you can returned to the Start screen by moving your mouse to the very top of the Window and dragging the Desktop to the bottom of the screen.

7. The Compass Icons should now appear on the right side of the Start Screen. 
If they don't, right click anywhere on the Start Screen, press the button "All Apps" button that appears in the lower-right corner of the screen.

This will display all the available "Apps" including all the applications that installed with Compass. Right click on the "Project Manager" icon and then press the "Pin To Start" button in the lower-left corner. You may want to do this with other Compass programs or the Help Files. Finally, right click on the background and select "All app" button again. This will take you back the Start Screen. The Compass icon(s) should appear in the far right side of the screen.

Clicking on a Compass icon will cause the Windows to switch to the Desktop and the Compass program will run normally.


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