Now that you’ve bought 1942 THE PACIFIC AIR WAR, you’ll need to install it on your hard disk before you can play it. Those of you who have purchased and installed recent MicroProse games are already familiar with the installation process and can probably just skim this section. The rest of you will want to read carefully. You can avoid a lot of unnecessary complications (and Customer Service calls) that way.
The first step, as always, is to make sure you have enough space on your hard disk to install the game. Consult the Technical Supplement to find out approximately how much room 1942 THE PACIFIC AIR WAR will fill. If you do not have space, you will have to clear some files (or find a larger hard disk). Disk #1 of 1942 THE PACIFIC AIR WAR includes the standard MicroProse installation program. To begin the installation process, insert this disk in your drive. Type in the letter of that drive (usually A or B), followed by a colon and the word install, then press e. For example, the command: b:install e would run the installation program from a disk in drive B.
NOTE: Do not attempt to run the installation program from within Microsoft Windows or when Windows is running. Install was not designed to interact with the Windows environment.
When the install program starts up, it asks you to verify from which drive you are installing and to which drive and directory. By default, the game files are copied from the disk drive on which install is running (A: or B:) and to a directory on your C: disk called \MPS\1942. You can change either, but if you choose to install from a different drive, you’ll have to put disk #1 in that drive. As the installation progresses, you will be prompted to insert the rest of the game disks. You can specify a new “from” drive for each disk, which is useful if you have more than one floppy drive. After the game files have all been installed on your hard drive, install checks your system hardware and suggests a setup based on what it finds. This setup is normally sufficient, but you can modify it if it doesn’t meet your specific requirements. Remember, however, that messing with your setup is probably the most common cause of unnecessary frustration and Customer Service calls.