BONUS CHAPTER 1

Installing and Configuring 3ds Max 2012

IN THIS CHAPTER

Choosing an operating system

Understanding hardware requirements

Installing 3ds Max 2012

Authorizing the software

Setting the display driver

Before you can enjoy all the great features in 3ds Max, you have to install the software and get your system configured properly. This bonus chapter helps you do just that. After you're finished here, you're ready to go.

Choosing an Operating System

If you're purchasing a new computer to run 3ds Max and have the luxury of customizing your system, you can do several things to make life easier. One of your first decisions is what operating system to use to run Max. 3ds Max 2012 can run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. You also can run Max on a Mac using Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop.

Caution

Max 2012 does not run on Windows XP Home.

Regardless of the operating system you choose, make sure you have installed the latest Service Pack (which you can download for free from Microsoft's website at www.microsoft.com). Each of these operating systems enables you to run multiple copies of 3ds Max at the same time on a single machine. If you're running the 64-bit version of Max, you need to be running a 64-bit operating system.

Note

If you plan to install Max onto a Windows Vista computer, you need to turn off User Access Control (UAC) in the Command Panel before starting the installation.

Also note that Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 98, and Windows ME are not ...

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