Installation Notes for Embarcadero Prism XE2

By: Tim DelChiaro

Abstract: This is the updated version of the install.html file that ships with Embarcadero Prism XE2 and Embarcadero RAD Studio XE2

    Installation Notes for Embarcadero Prism XE2

  • These notes provide important information about installing the product, and it is recommended that you read this file in its entirety before installing or uninstalling. This document uses the term "the product" to describe Embarcadero Prism XE2.
  • For an updated version of these Installation Notes, see the article at the Embarcadero Developer Network
  • For additional information about installing the product, see the Release Notes (README.htm), which are available on the documentation wiki at

    Minimum System Requirements

    Hardware Requirements

  • Computer with a 1.6GHz or faster processor, 1024 MB RAM (1.5 GB if running in a virtual machine), 3 GB of available hard-disk space, 5400 RPM hard drive, DirectX 9 capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution display

    Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows XP (x86) with Service Pack 3
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or above
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows Vista (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
  • Windows 7 (x86 and x64)

    Visual Studio integration

  • Install standalone or integrated into Visual Studio 2010

    Updating over a Previous Prism Install

If you have a previous version of Delphi Prism installed, the installer will leave Visual Studio on your system and attempt to install Visual Studio 2010 Shell if Visual Studio 2010 isn't installed. Embarcadero Prism will be upgraded in place. It is not required to uninstall the previous version of Delphi Prism first.

    General Installation Notes

The Embarcadero Prism installer can be used to install Embarcadero Prism as well as additional software.

Embarcadero Prism installs into Visual Studio 2010. If you do not have Visual Studio installed on your system, the Embarcadero Prism installer automatically installs the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Shell.

It is recommended that you install the latest Service Pack for your version of Visual Studio or the Visual Studio Shell.

The Embarcadero Prism installer will install Mono™and the Embarcadero Prism Feature Pack if these are selected by the user. If you decide later you would like to install these, you can navigate to the Mono and FeaturePack folders on the DVD and install directly from there.

If you don't have any of the required software installed on a Windows Vista system, the installer installs the following, and between step 1 and 2, you need to re-boot your machine. After the reboot, you need to rerun the installer.

  1. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
  2. Visual Studio 2010 Shell
  3. Embarcadero Prism

On XP systems, it may be necessary to install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 in addition to Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. If so, you will also need to re-boot after installing .NET 3.5 and before installing .NET 4.0.

See Installing Optional, Add-on Products for information on the additional software.

If you want to use Microsoft Silverlight™, you must install it before you install Embarcadero Prism. Otherwise, you have to install Embarcadero Prism again after installing Silverlight.

The serial number you enter determines which edition (Professional or Enterprise) and which type of license (commercial, academic or trial) will be installed.

    On Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7, must install as Administrator

For Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7, you must run as Administrator or be on the Administrator list to install the product.

    Multiple users on one machine

The product can be installed by any licensed user with administrator privileges, and is immediately available to all licensed users of the same machine. It is also available to any licensed users you might add later.

    Assemblies installed in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC)

Duplicate copies of assemblies installed in the GAC are provided in the <CommonFilesFolder>\CodeGear Shared\Prism\Shared Assemblies\9.0 directory. If C:\ is your Windows drive, the default <CommonFilesFolder> is C:\Program Files\Common Files\.

    Additional information

See the README.htm file for additional information about the product. For location information, see the opening paragraphs of this document.

    Installing the Product Using the Installation DVD

    To install from an Embarcadero Media Kit DVD:

  1. Insert the installation DVD; this should auto-run the install launcher. If this does not happen, run setup.exe from the root directory of the DVD.
  2. Click the button to install Embarcadero Prism. If this does not work, navigate to the Embarcadero Prism directory and run PrismSetup.exe
  3. When prompted, enter the serial number for the product. The serial number can be found in the order confirmation email for electronic orders.

    To install from a DVD burned from a Embarcadero Prism ISO:

  1. Insert the installation DVD; this should auto-run the installer. If this does not happen, run PrismSetup.exe from the root directory of the DVD.
  2. When prompted, enter the serial number for the product. The serial number can be found in the order confirmation email for electronic orders.

    Installing Using Electronic Software Delivery

If the product is part of RAD Studio Electronic Software Delivery, you receive a .zip file.

    To install using RAD Studio Electronic Software Delivery:

  1. Extract the .zip file into an empty directory on your hard drive. Do not attempt to run the installer directly from the .zip file without first extracting all files to a local directory.
  2. The install launcher will appear with buttons to download the appropriate language zip file.
  3. Download the zip file, extract it and run PrismSetup.exe

    To install using Standalone Prism Electronic Software Delivery:

  1. The Electronic Software Delivery email will contain URLs to download the appropriate language zip file.
  2. Download the zip file, extract it and run PrismSetup.exe

    Installing and Using Purchased Network Licenses

If you purchased Networked Licenses (managed by the Embarcadero License Server or FLEXlm) for Embarcadero Prism, you must follow these instructions to set up the install image or your users will be prompted for a serial number and be unable to install.

  1. Copy all the files from your media kit DVD to a writeable directory on your network.
  2. Copy the networked license .slip file (received in your order confirmation email) to the directory where PrismSetup.exe is located and to the FeaturePack directory where fpack_setup.exe is located .
  3. When your users run PrismSetup.exe, the product detects the .slip file and installs the software. During installation, the .slip file is moved to the license folder in the installation directory.

    Online Help

Embarcadero Prism online help is located on a wiki at:

This content is constantly being updated.

You can also obtain an HTML snapshot of the documentation at any time from the wiki.

    Installing Optional, Add-On Products


Regardless of the platform, the first time you run the product and create a new project you will be prompted to provide your registration details. You will have the option to provide that data on-site (requires Internet access) or to import a previously saved registration file. If you don't have a registration file just follow the on-screen instruction to generate one. You will need the product serial number and your Embarcadero Developer Network (EDN) credentials. If needed, the registration code is displayed by the registration window.

    InterBase XE Developer Edition

InterBase XE Developer Edition provides all developers the best cross-platform database to build and test database applications for embedded and SME segments. Developers are free to choose the standard connectivity they want and make use of a mature SQL92 compliant database for their applications. Database Performance monitoring allows the developer to streamline applications for optimal deployment.

Install InterBase from the install launcher or download it from Get a free serial number for InterBase Developer Edition at

    InstallAware RAD Studio Edition, version 12

InstallAware RAD Studio Edition, version 12 provides the industry-unique benefits of partial web deployment, 67% better compression, interactive Flash/HTML billboards, one-click runtime deployment, unlimited web updates, and one-click patching. Install InstallAware RAD Studio Edition via the media kit or download it from the Registered Users page at

    Embarcadero Partner Software

Your Embarcadero Media Kit DVD may include a directory of partner software. You can also access the partner software online via the Registered Users page at

or via the CodeCentral download area on

    Uninstalling This Product

To uninstall Embarcadero Prism, the Administrator who initially installed the product must open the Control Panel, select Add or Remove Programs, select Embarcadero Prism and click the Remove button. Next select Embaracdero Prism Feature Pack and click the Remove button.

    Do You Have an Installation Problem?

Please open a support case on the website if you encounter any problems during installation.

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