DATASTAR binaries, including release notes can be found under the Releases section of this site and can be installed via one of 3 options:

  1. Using Chocolatey
  2. Using the Microsoft Installer (MSI file).
  3. Using the ClickOnce package

Note: DataStar has a dependency on Microsoft .NET, please check the dependencies listed in the release notes.

Chocolatey Install

Make sure you have Chocolatey installed (refer to the Chocolatey link on how to install Chocolatey) and then run the following command (note the command window must be launched with elevated permissions):

Microsoft Installer

Download the installer file from the releases section and run the datastar.{version}.msi and follow the dialog instructions:

ClickOnce Install

The DATASTAR ClickOnce package is designed to be installed on a shared network drive. It uses "ClickOnce" which is a Microsoft technology that enables the user to install and run a the application by clicking a link on a shared drive. The core principle of ClickOnce is to ease the deployment of Windows applications. In addition, ClickOnce aims to solve three other problems with conventional deployment models: the difficulty in updating a deployed application, the impact of an application on the user's computer, and the need for administrator permissions to install applications.

Software Deployment

ClickOnce-deployed applications are considered "low impact", in that they are installed per user, not per machine. No administrator privileges are required to install one of these applications. Each ClickOnce application is isolated from the others. This means one ClickOnce application is not able to "break" another.

Once a network location for the software has been decided, create a "DATASTAR" folder and unzip the supplied software into the folder. The application is installed locally by running the "DATASTAR.application" file from the shared network drive.

Software Updates

With ClickOnce the application is self-updating from the network share; and will check for newer versions as they become available and automatically replace any updated files. The process for updating is the same as for the installation and just requires the latest release to be unzipped into the network share folder location.