Download the following files to your desktop:
Double click on the Python installer to begin the Python installation process.
Double-click on the numpy installer on your desktop (numpy-1.5.1-win32-superpack-python2.6.exe ). Accept the defaults (i.e., just click "next"), wait for the installation to complete, and click "finish".
The links to download the lib601, soar, and CMax installer are at the top of this page
Double-click on the soar installer on your desktop (lib601-3-500.win-amd64.exe). Accept the defaults (i.e., just click "next"), wait for the installation to complete, and click "finish".
If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, do NOT simply double-click to run these installers! You MUST right-click on the installers and choose "Run as Administrator"; otherwise you will see error messages during the installation, and soar will not appear on your Start menu.
To start soar, simply run soar from Start->Programs. To start CMax, run CMax from Start->Programs.
You can now remove the installer files that you downloaded to your desktop.
If you just want to write Python scripts, without needing to use soar, you can open up idle directly. Go to Start | All Programs | Python 2.6 | idle (Python GUI). This will bring up the idle editor that you use during lab.