Installing finaquant® protos

Installation of finaquant® protos together with the Microsoft Visual Studio project FinaquantProtosStarter (including demo functions) can be completed in four steps:

  1. Download installation file and install finaquant® protos.
  2. Install Microsoft Visual Studio Visual C# Express 2010 or 2012; they are both free
  3. Download MS Visual Studio file FinaquantProtosStarter and unzip it under your document folder for getting started with examples.
  4. Request a free permanent license for non-commercial finaquant® protos.

You can of course skip the second step if you have already Visual Studio C# Express 2010, or a higher version like Visual Studio Professional installed on your computer.

If you have already installed a previous release of finaquant® protos, you need to uninstall it first before installing a new release.

Installation requirements

Operating systems: Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8
.NET framework: 4.0 Client Package

An installation of Microsoft Visual Studio C# Express (2010 or 2012) ensures that you have 4.0 Client Package already installed on your computer.

See: How to determine which versions of the Microsoft .NET Framework are installed

Step 1: Installing finaquant® protos

Download the installer file FinaquantProtos at and run it. You only need to accept the license agreement terms, and press subsequent NEXT buttons until FINISH.

InstallShield Wizard with Tiger

InstallShield License Agreement

After a successful installation, following window must appear when you execute finaquant protos from your start menu:

Finaquant Protos Menu Start

Step 2: Installing Visual Studio C# Express

Microsoft Microsoft Visual Studio C# Express 2010 (or 2012) can be downloaded for free at the following address:
Download Microsoft Visual Studio Express

finaquant® protos requires .NET 4.0 client version. Installing Visual Studio also ensures that you have the proper .NET version installed on your machine. It is beneficial to select the option “include Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express” during the installation, because it will be required for the future releases of finaquant® protos.

Step 3: Download and unzip FinaquantProtosStarter

You can download the zipped folder containing Visual Studio project FinaquantProtosStarter at

Once you have unzipped the downloaded file under your document folder, you can begin working with the demo functions of finaquant® protos by double-clicking on the Visual Project solution file FinaquantProtosStarter.sln. Note that this solution file can be opened with both versions of Visual Studio; 2010 and 2012.

Visual Studio project FinaquantProtosStarter

Visual Studio should open as follows when you double-click the solution file shown above. By placing the cursor in a code file like Program.cs and by pressing the key F5 you can run your first demo function, namely Getting_started_with_finaquant_protos.

Visual Studio project FinaquantProtosStarter

Step 4: Requesting a permanent license for ongoing use

finaquant® protos is initially shipped with a 30-day evaluation license. By filling out and sending the license request form which automatically appears when the evaluation period expires (or by calling the method ProtosHelp.ShowLicenseInformation) you can get and activate your permanent license.

Request a permanent license for finaquant® protos

Still trouble with installation?

For further details about installing and uninstalling finaquant® protos please refer to User Manual that you can download at the product’s page. In the User Manual you will find information about:

  • Check the library references in Visual Studio
  • What if you don’t have Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010?
  • Still trouble with installation?
  • Uninstalling finaquant® protos
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