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VDM Docs: Installation

Please note that VDM is compatible with Windows 7, 2008 R2, 8, 2012, 8.1, 2012 R2, 10 and 2016. Evaluations can be downloaded here.
In case there is interest in VDM on legacy OS (Windows XP, 2003, 2003 R2, Vista, 2008) please send your request via the feedback form.
To start, download the installation file SetupVDM.exe from www.ishadow.com, usually provided as compressed ZIP archive SetupVDM.zip. Be ready to provide VDM license file LICENSE.VDL. Evaluation license can be downloaded from www.ishadow.com/downloads, while purchased licenses are forwarded via email.

Installation requires administrative privileges. On Windows computers with User Account Control (UAC) enabled, a UAC warning screen

acknowledging Teknica Software Inc. digital signature and prompting for installation authorization will be displayed:

VDM_INSTALL_UAC

Fig. 2. UAC prompt to continue with installation

After accepting the License Agreement and providing an installation path, the “Create Application Shortcuts” screen is displayed:

VDM_SHORTCUTS_AUTOSTART

Fig. 3. Shortcut creation and auto start options

In case the auto start option is selected, Registry Value “Teknica’s VDM” is added under [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] Registry Key pointing to VDM installation path. This key can be removed in case the auto start option is not necessary for all users.

This installer is very straightforward and provides the following options:

  • Selection of Destination Folder
  • Choice of optional shortcuts on the Desktop and within the Windows Quick Launch Toolbar (option is selected by default)
  • Ability to start the application for each individual user on user’s environment load (option is selected by default)

In case VDM was previously installed, an automated uninstallation is offered prior to the new install. Uninstallation provides graceful unload of VDM.exe running within the current session, although it would be advisable to close all instances of VDM.exe to avoid any possible contention. However if contention is encountered, a prompt for optional Reboot is issued.

Once most of the installation is complete, an option to apply VDM license is presented (option is not selected by default):

VDM_LICENSE_OPTION

Fig. 4. License screen offers an opportunity to apply VDM license file LICENSE.VDL.

In case license option is selected and the “Next” key pressed, further instructions are presented via the license prompt:

VDM_LICENSE_PROMPT

Fig. 5. License prompt screen.

Assuming LICENSE.VDL is available and the “Yes” option is selected, a common Windows File Dialog screen is launched, so LICENSE.VDL can be located and imported into VDM folder next to VDM.exe executable.

This is an optional step – license file can be added to VDM folder at a later time or can be reused from the prior installation in case this is an update.

Once installation is complete, Virtual Display Manager’s configuration screen is loaded to continue with application configuration.

VDM Removal:
Automated removal can be accomplished by running uninstalled from VDM folder directly or from Control Panel applet with Add/Remove Application functionality. Silent removal via “RemoveVDM.exe /S” run from VDM folder is also supported.

Silent Install:
Appending “/S” switch provides for silent installation of VDM – “SetupVDM.exe /S”.

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