Task 1  Task 1: Installing QB64  Task 1


Follow these instructions to install QB64 onto your computer or thumb drive.

- DOWNLOAD QB64 -

The first thing you'll need is a ZIP file, called qb64gametutorial.zip, which contains the QB64 programming language and the support files needed for this tutorial. Click the image below to download the ZIP file and save it to the desktop of the computer you are currently on. If you are not presented with an option of where to save the file to make sure you know where it has been downloaded and then move it to the desktop once the download is finished.

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The next steps are going to depend on the computer you are currently sitting at. If you are on a public or school computer you will need to follow the directions to install QB64 onto a portable USB drive, also known as a thumb drive, to make the installation portable. However, if you are on your own personal home computer, or a computer you are allowed to install software on then you can follow the directions for a standard installation. Skip to the section that best fits your situation.

- Installing the QB64 tutorial files onto a portable USB device -

School and public computers often have software loaded onto them that resets their hard drive image each time they are turned on, such as a software package called Deep Freeze. Because of this installing the QB64 files onto such a computer would cause it to we wiped out the next time the computer is restarted. Luckily, QB64 doesn't need to be installed in the traditional sense using an installer package, but instead can be made portable simply by unzipping the files onto a standard thumb drive. This allows the language to be executed entirely from the thumb drive, no matter which computer the thumb drive is inserted into to. Your thumb drive will need at least 500MB of free space to install the QB64 game tutorial package.

Follow these steps to install QB64 onto your thumb drive:

- Insert your thumb drive into the computer then open its associated drive letter in 'Computer' (or 'My Computer' depending on the Windows version you are working with) by double-clicking on it to open a new window.

- Double-click on the ZIP file called 'qb64gametutorial.zip' that you downloaded earlier and saved or copied to your desktop. Windows will open the ZIP file in a new window to reveal a folder called 'QB64 Game Tutorial'.

Note: All versions of Windows from XP on natively support ZIP files without any third party software. If a third party ZIP handling program, such as WinZIP or WinRAR, opens the ZIP instead you'll need to instruct the software to unzip all the files onto your thumb drive leaving the folders (or directories) intact. You may also be able to right-click on the ZIP file and select 'Open With' and choose 'Windows Explorer' to force Windows to open the ZIP file instead of a third-party ZIP handler.

- Drag and drop the 'QB64 Game Tutorial' folder to your thumb drive's window. The files will get decompressed onto your thumb drive and typically takes less than a minute on most computers depending on the speed of the computer and thumb drive.

That's it! You now have QB64 and the associated files for this tutorial installed on your thumb drive in a folder called 'QB64 Game Tutorial'. You can close the ZIP file window and delete the ZIP file if you wish. Skip to 'Testing the QB64 installation' now.


- Installing the QB64 tutorial files onto your local computer -

Follow these steps to install QB64 onto your local computer:

- Double-click on the ZIP file called 'qb64gametutorial.zip' that you downloaded earlier and saved or copied to your desktop. Windows will open the ZIP file in a new window to reveal a folder called 'QB64 Game Tutorial'.

Note: All versions of Windows from XP on natively support ZIP files without any third party software. If a third party ZIP handling program, such as WinZIP or WinRAR, opens the ZIP instead you'll need to instruct the software to unzip all the files onto your thumb drive leaving the folders (or directories) intact. You may also be able to right-click on the ZIP file and select 'Open With' and choose 'Windows Explorer' to force Windows to open the ZIP file instead of a third-party ZIP handler.

- Drag and drop the 'QB64 Game Tutorial' folder to your computer's desktop. The files will get decompressed onto your desktop and typically takes less than a minute on most computers depending on the speed of the computer.

That's it! You now have QB64 and the associated files for this tutorial installed on your desktop in a folder called 'QB64 Game Tutorial'. You can close the ZIP file window and delete the ZIP file if you wish.


- Testing the QB64 installation -

Open the 'QB64 Game Tutorial' folder you just copied to either your desktop or thumb drive by double-clicking on it. Inside you will see an application file called 'qb64' with a generic icon. Double-click on this file to start QB64 and you should be presented with a window as seen in Figure 1 below.

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Figure 1 - If all went well this is the screen you'll see

If you installed QB64 onto a thumb drive then you'll need to open the folder called 'QB64 Game Tutorial' and then double click on 'qb64' each time to start the QB64 programming language when needed while viewing the tutorial.

If you installed QB64 onto your desktop then you can also create a handy shortcut on the desktop to open QB64 without having to open the folder. Right-click on the application file called 'qb64' located in the 'QB64 Game Tutorial' folder on your desktop and then select 'Copy' from the menu that appeared. Right-click anywhere on your desktop that is free of icons and then select 'Paste Shortcut' from the menu that appeared.

NOTE: It is important that you select 'Paste Shortcut' and not 'Paste'.

Right-click on the new shortcut you just created on your desktop and select 'Rename' from the menu that appeared. Type in 'QB64 Game Programming' (without the single quotes) and press ENTER.

You can now double-click the shortcut named 'QB64 Game Programming' to start the QB64 programming language when needed while viewing the tutorial.