Traditional Install on a Single Computer

To install WS_FTP Server on a single computer:

  1. Open the installer. If you have an installation CD, insert it into a drive. If the Welcome screen does not appear, select Start > Run, and enter the drive path followed by launch.exe.

    Example: D:\launch.exe

    - OR -

    If you downloaded the software from our website, double-click the executable (.exe) file to begin the installation.

  2. Welcome: Select an installation method:
    • Standard Installation: Installs WS_FTP Server and licensed modules to their default locations:
      • WS_FTP Server installation folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Ipswitch\WS_FTP Server
      • PostgreSQL application files folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\PostgreSQL
      • PostgreSQL data files folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\PostgreSQL\Data
      • Ad Hoc Transfer Module package folder: C:\Ipswitch Ad Hoc Transfer Packages

      The option to install WS_FTP Server with a SQL Server database, will not be available with Standard install.

    • Advanced Installation: Lets you select the specific modules you want to install (Web Transfer Client and Ad Hoc Transfer Module), specify folder install locations, and select Microsoft IIS web server and/or MS SQL Server database.

    Click Next.

  3. System Check: A System Check is performed to confirm that you have Administrator privileges and that the following are installed on your system:
    • Windows Scripting Host version 5.6 or higher
    • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) version 1.5 or higher
    • Windows Installer version 2.0 or higher

    If any system checks fails, remedy the situation and then click Revalidate.

    Click Next.

  4. License: Enter a License activation key and click Next. If the activation does not complete successfully, you may be behind a proxy or firewall that is blocking the activation request. In this case, or if you are not connected to the internet, you can activate WS_FTP Server by selecting one of the following:
    • Activate using a WS_FTP Server license file: Locate and select the license file on your system and click Next.
    • Use offline activation mode: Click Activate Offline. Follow the instructions on-screen to activate the offline activation file.

    Your license activation key determines the WS_FTP Server modules available for install on the next screen. For more help and information about licensing, go to the MyIpswitch ( licensing portal.

  5. Depending on the type of installation you selected on the Welcome screen, go to Standard Installation or Advanced Installation.