Installing PCB software, including Orcad, on Windows
Note: This document is currently unsupported, and remains
here for archival purposes
This page describes how to set up the Cadence PCB software, which
includes Orcad, under Windows 2000. I have not tested the install
under any other version of Windows, but the basic installation should
be the same. What is critical here are the System Variables and a
registry entry for licensing. You will need to have administrative
privileges in order to install this software.
First, turn off any virus software that you may have running and
exit any other applications that are open. The idea here is to
install on a "quiet" system.
Place the first CD into your CDROM drive and start the Setup program.
Or, if you are an EECS user browse to
and click on the Setup program in the folder PSD14.01disk1.
At the Welcome dialog box click Next.
At the Software License Agreement dialog box click Yes.
The Licensing dialog box should display, you now
choose Network Licensing.
The Network Options box appears next and you need to select
Install products, then click Next.
The following dialog box is labeled LICENSE.DAT Location and it is
imperative that there is nothing in the text field. The license
server is already up and running, so later in this process we will
set system variables to automatically connect to the license server.
You will get a warning message about not supplying a LICENSE.DAT
file, this is normal, click OK and continue.
Enter appropriate information in the User Information box and
click Next then click Yes in the User Information
If an Installing Onto Bootable Drive warning window appears,
read it, click OK, and continue.
You should now see a Select Products window. Select the
products you want to install on your local hard disk and press the
The next dialog box to appear will be Select Program Folder. Make
appropriate changes or accept the defaults then click Next.
Make an appropriate choice for the Footprint Path window and continue.
You should now see an Installation Summary window, if you accept
the installation choices then press Next.
The software will be installed on your local hard disk. At some point
you will be asked for the second set of media, if you are using CD's
then install the second one. If you are an EECS user then change the
path to ...PSD14.01disk2 then click OK.
You will see the Viewing Online Documentation box, read the information
and then click OK. And, since local licensing was not installed
a LICENSE.DAT Not Supplied warning window will appear, press OK.
At the Setup Complete window choose whether or not to read the documentation
and then click Finish. Now that you have successfully installed the
software you will need to add System Variables. Go to:
Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Environment
Check in the System Variable Area for the variables LM_LICENSE_FILE
CDS_LIC_FILE. If they do not exist create them by clicking on the
New... button. Set each of these variables to:
Now check whether the CdslmdLicenseFile registry entry has been
installed. Note: Be sure that the entry is EXACTLY as you see it here
as upper and lower case are significant. Now, go to: Start -> Run,
then type in regedit. Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Cadence Design Systems -> Interchange ->
Double click on 9.2.1, in the right hand window you should see a
CdslmdLicenseFile entry set to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this entry is not present right click your mouse in the right
hand window, select New -> String Value, change New Value #1
to CdslmdLicenseFile, and left clik your mouse to make the change.
Now right click your mouse on the CdslmdLicenseFile name and choose
Modify. In the Value data: box type in
email@example.com and then press OK.
That's it, you can exit regedit and start your PCB software.