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for Racing Buddy

approx: 20 Minutes with 56K Modem

Version 4.1.1

1) Download Program    2) Run Setup.exe    3) Follow prompts    4) Run Program

Requires 800 x 600 resolution or higher,  minimum 133 Pentium PC

We welcome your support questions!

Registered Users using version 2.x or less: Import your old races using the 
File Menu - select "Back Up/Export - Import" and import your old files. 
Default path for import is
C:\Program Files\RacingBuddy\(your user name).ran

If you need additional help downloading - read below

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DOWNLOAD 101 - Downloading and installation basics

If you are new to downloading files through the Internet you've come to the right place!  Here are step-by-step instructions for downloading the software for Racing Buddy and installing it on your computer.

When you download a file from the Internet you are actually copying a file from a remote location to the hard drive on your computer.  First you need to decide where on your hard drive you want to download the file to. It often happens that after a file is downloaded, you can't find it!
Create a download folder (directory) on your hard drive if you don't already have one.
Name it TEMP, DOWNLOAD, or some other name that's easy to remember.
BEGIN DOWNLOADING simply by clicking on the area indicated on Racing Buddy's download page.
You can download Racing Buddy from several different locations. Links to downloading on that page are in green letters and underlined -- underlining is used on web pages to indicate that you can click on the underlined area to link to (go to) another page, a downloadable file, etc.
Your BROWSER (Netscape, Explorer, AOL default browser, etc.) will then display a message informing you that you are about to download a file and ask you what you want to do with it.
 It doesn't matter how it's worded, just choose the SAVE or SAVE TO DISK option.
AOL's browser may ask you if you want to select a "helper application".  Just click on NO, and then select the SAVE option.
A directory window will be opened for you. This is where you choose where on your hard drive you want to save it to. Choose the TEMP or DOWNLOAD directory you already created.
Click OK and the downloading will begin.
The downloading will take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes, depending on your modem speed.

Racing Buddy, like most software programs you can download from the Internet, is in "zipped" format.  If you downloaded the complete version 1, the file name is

Before running the installation program, make sure that you don't have any other programs running. Close ALL programs, including any anti-virus software that may be auto-scanning in the background.

What's a zip file? is actually one large file containing many other files that make up the entire Racing Buddy program.  A zip file can take a lot of files and compress them together into one file. This makes downloading quick and more efficient.

AOL Unzipping Note: AOL includes a feature that automatically unzips zip files when you log off. It creates a subfolder in your download folder and names that folder the same name as the zip file you downloaded. Just open that subfolder (probably named RacingBuddy) and double-click on the file named setup.exe. This will start the installation program.

If you've never "unzipped" a zip file, you may not have the software that is needed to do this.  Unzipping software is available for download everywhere, but I recommend WinZip.

Click here if you need a copy of WinZip:

It's easy to download and install WinZip.  Just download the version for WIN95/98 and double click on the file to install it.  After it is installed, whenever you click on a file with the extension .zip, it will automatically run the program for you.  It's very easy and very convenient to have!

To install Racing Buddy, go to the directory folder that you downloaded to *(can't find it, click here!) and double-click on the file (  Your unzipping program will start and unzip all the files into a temporary directory.  If you use the WinZip Wizard feature, it will also tell you that it has found a setup program and ask you if you want to run the install program.  Choose INSTALL and everything is done for you in one step!

If your unzipping software doesn't run the setup program for you, you can easily do it yourself.  Just find the file it unzipped called setup.exe and double-click on it.  The setup program will then install the Racing Buddy program for you, and then you are ready to explore all of Racing Buddy's features and start entering your own races!

An icon folder for Racing Buddy will be added to your Windows Start button/Programs list. To start, just click on that folder and then select Racing Buddy.

It's not necessary, but it's always a good idea to reboot your system after installing new software in order to update all your files. If you have WinNT or Win2000, then you must reboot after the installation has finished.

*Can't find where you downloaded the file to?
-Use the Window's FIND function.
-Click on the Window's START button.
-Click on the FIND item.
-From the pop-out menu, choose "Files or Folders…"
-The FIND window will open.
-Type in the name of the file you download (i.e. and click on the "Find Now" button on the right.
-A window will then display the folder (directory) where it has found a file with that name on your C:\ drive. 

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