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How do I perform a network installation?

Daniel Strachan Updated by Daniel Strachan

A network installation may be performed on either a workstation or on the computer with the network drive. During installation, the network location will be set up with the required files.

Preparing for the installation

  1. Make sure you are logged on to the computer with administrator rights.
  2. Close all programs that can be closed.
  3. Determine the mapped drive letter of the network location.
If last year's program was the network version and is installed on this computer, look at the target line in the properties of the desktop icon, by right-clicking it and then clicking Properties.
When installing to the network drive from the computer with the drive inside it, it may be assigned to that computer's main hard drive, labeled C: instead of the mapped drive letter. This is because the hard drive is not being accessed over the network, and is in fact local to that computer.
If the drive letter has not yet been mapped, see How do I map a network drive?


  1. From one of the workstations, see How to Download and Install Software from the CFS Website.
  2. The Choose Destination Location window shows the default location where the program will be installed. If the program from the previous year is installed on this workstation, the setup will generate a similar path.
    Typically the default path will be C:\CFSLIB\xx20yy\ where xx indicates the program and yyyy indicates the year. For example, Pr2021 is for Payroll System 2021.
  3. If the path shown is incorrect, click Browse to change the drive letter. In the Path: field, highlight only the drive letter ("C"), and change it to the appropriate drive letter, leaving the rest of the path intact. Click OK to accept the corrected path. In this example, the C has been changed to W.
    The drive can also be found by clicking on it in the Directories: field, and if CFS programs have previously been installed, the CFSLib folder will be visible. However, the folder after that will need to be typed into the Path field, following the xx20yy format.
    If the message appears that the folder is invalid, click OK and correct the folder name.
  4. Click Next to continue with the installation.
    If the message appears, "You are licensed to install this program on a network...," and the program is being installed to the network drive from a workstation, the drive letter was not changed from the default C: to the network drive. Click Yes to retry this step.
    If the above message appears and the program is being installed to the network drive from the computer that has the network drive inside, this is fine. Click No to continue.
    If a message appears about not being licensed for a network install, click OK and then Back to the Firm Information screen to ensure you have input the correct data, or purchase the network upgrade.
    If a message appears stating the file path is not correct, click Yes and then Next, and the file path will change to the default CFSLib and xx20yy folder. Click No to install to the chosen location.
    If the installation still fails at this point, use Windows Explorer to navigate to the CFSLib folder on the network drive and manually create the destination folder inside (named xx20yy, where xx indicates the program and 20yy indicates the year). Then within the setup program, browse to that folder to perform the install.
  5. When the install is complete, the Setup Complete window will appear with the text, "InstallShield Wizard Complete." If a Yes, I want to launch... checkbox is available, check it if you wish to launch the program, and click Finish.
  6. To connect the other workstations, see How do I perform a workstation setup?

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