WinEcon Download and Installation Instructions for Institutions

The latest version is 7.1.6 published July 2010

If you already have WinEcon installed you will need to uninstall WinEcon first (see Uninstalling WinEcon) before installing the latest version. If you are currently using an old customised version, please contact  first.

Follow the instructions below to download and install the WinEcon software.

Step 1 - Downloading the software

Download this file, winecon716.exe (27.9MB), to a temporary location on your hard disk. If the browser asks whether to Save or to Open or Run the file, choose Save and pick a folder to save the file into.

Step 2 - Installing the software

If you are installing WinEcon to a securely configured Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 machine then you will now need to log in as Administrator before attempting to install WinEcon.

Once the download is complete, click Open or use "Windows Explorer" or "My Computer" to locate the winecon716.exe file that you downloaded in step 1. Note that on many Windows systems, the ".exe" part of the file name will not be shown - so the file will appear to be called just "winecon716" and not "winecon716.exe".

Double-click on the winecon716.exe file to start the WinEcon installation program. Then follow the on-screen instructions. Click "Next" unless you wish to change the default settings. Click "Finish"

Step 3 - Run your WinEcon software

You can now start WinEcon by double clicking on the WinEcon icon or by using the Windows start menu (Start | Programs | WinEcon 7.1)

WinEcon will start up in sampler mode.

Step 4 - Enter your licence code

When you purchased or renewed your WinEcon site licence you would have been emailed a licence code.

Your licence code should appear in the email as a single line. Although your email program may have inserted a line break you will need to enter it into WinEcon as a single line.

N.B. This licence code will remain valid for the duration of your licence. If you try to enter it after the expiry date of your licence it will come up as 'invalid'. You would then need to contact WinEcon Help.

Enter the licence code into WinEcon as follows:

- Copy the licence code from your email (as a single line).
- On the first screen of WinEcon, click on the Licence button.
- Click the Paste button.
- In WinEcon, click Update to set your licence code.

WinEcon should now show your current licence details. You can view these at any time by clicking on the Licence button. Click on the navigation back arrow to close the pop-up window.

The courses Introduction to Macroeconomics and Introduction to Microeconomics are currently included free of charge to holders of a current WinEcon Institutional site licence.

Networking the software

WinEcon does not actually run on the server - the software runs on the client as a Windows application. As a client-side application, WinEcon needs to be in the filespace of each client workstation - either on a network mapped drive (not a UNC share) or physically on the local hard disk.

If you do not require web linking then you can simply install WinEcon onto a network mapped drive and manually add a Windows shortcut to the installed winecon.exe file in the Windows start menu or Desktop. We do not recommend this approach because it means that students will not be able to link to WinEcon from web pages.

Our recommended approach is to install WinEcon on each client workstation. This will enable linking to WinEcon from web pages by creating a file association between the ".winecon" file extension and the "winecon.exe" executable on each workstation. The brute force way to achieve this is to manually install the software on each workstation one by one. However, for larger numbers of workstations, the normal way to do this is to install WinEcon onto a single workstation, capturing the registry changes that are made during the install (i.e. setting up the .winecon file association) using the ghosting software. This image of the installed copy of WinEcon can then be replicated around the clients using ghosting software automatically.

If your institution does not already have capture software, there are free versions available on the web. Please contact for further information.

System Requirements

Intel Pentium processor recommended
8MB RAM (16MB for NT)
SVGA or higher resolution monitor
Hard disk with 50MB free space
Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP and Vista / Windows 7

Getting Help

If you encounter problems installing WinEcon, please check the Frequently Asked Questions on the technical support area of the Web site.

If this does not solve your problem then please email  with a description of the problem and any helpful information you are able to give (particularly which version of Windows you are using).

Uninstalling WinEcon

If you are currently using an old customised version, please contact  first.

If you were logged in as Administrator when you installed WinEcon then you will probably need to be logged in as Administrator in order to be allowed to remove WinEcon.

WinEcon 6.1 or previous version of WinEcon 7.1 can be removed from your computing using the "Add/Remove Programs" or "Programs and Features" link in Windows Control Panel.

- Click Start
- Pick Control Panel from the menu
- Open "Add/Remove Programs" or "Programs and Features"
- Select "WinEcon 6.1" (or the version of WinEcon 7.1 to be replaced)
- Click Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions

When the ReadOnly File Detected pop-up displays, tick the ‘Don’t display this message again’ box and click the 'Yes' button to remove all WinEcon read only files.