This page describes how to install the free PRL Reporting Software (Options A, B, and C).
We recommend uninstalling previous versions of the software before installing a new version, especially if you are upgrading from a version older than version 6. Uninstalling the old version is not usually required but can help avoid confusion caused by having more than one version of the program installed at the same time. Uninstalling the software will not affect any saved data files. Recent versions of the PRL Reporting Software include an “Uninstall” shortcut in the All Programs/Pesticide Reporting group, but for older versions you will need to open the Add/Remove Programs dialog from the Control Panel and remove the old program from there.
Download one of the PRL Software Options and save it on your computer.
You may be able to run the installation program directly from the web site, but we recommend saving it somewhere on your computer and running it from there. Saving the installation program to your computer allows you to install the program at a later time without re-downloading it from the web site.
Double-click (or right-click and choose Install) the installation file. There are several steps in the wizard; for some of the steps, you can change the default values. We recommend that you keep the default values unless you have a good, compelling reason to change them. As you click through the steps, please note the following
- Step 2 provides contact information. For Option B installations it also informs you that macros must be enabled in Excel for the application to work properly.
- Step 3 allows you to choose the installation folder. The default is
- Step 4 sets the Report Root or parent folder for your, which is the folder where your reports will be stored. The default is the C drive. report folder
You can change the default setting here or while running the PRL Reporting Software. The report root will contain a folder for each report year; the sub-folders are named PRLyyyy, where yyyy is the report year. For example, if you set the Report Root to C:\PRL and create reports for 2011 and 2012, the C:\PRL folder will contain two sub-folders: PRL2011 and PRL2012.
After you complete installation
- The initial Report Root folder has been created, if necessary.
- There is a program icon on the Desktop. Double-click to run the program.
- There is a program group (on the Start menu or Start Screen) called “Pesticide Reporting” that contains links to start or uninstall the program.