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BioGuide for Windows

Using BioGuide for Windows
To use BioGuide on Windows, you will need a Java 5 virtual machine. The first version of Java 5 has been released in 2004 and this is now a really common version.
If you don't have a Java 5 version, are not sure or want to get the latest release, please read Java installation hereafter.

All browsers:
We have tested BioGuide for Windows with Internet Explorer 5/6 and Mozilla Firefox 1.5.
Regardless of your browser, you will need to accept our Security Certificate to be able to use BioGuide.
For more details, please read Security Certificate Acceptance hereafter.

Internet Explorer:
The security bar introduced by Microsoft with Windows XP SP2 can block any active content (javascript, applet) depending on your security options.
If you have already read the previous steps and are still unable to use BioGuide you should check this out.

Java version
  Do I have Java 1.5.x installed?
- Open the Control Panel
- Double-click on the Java icon (screen capture 1)
  Note: If you don't have this icon you don't have any Java version installed
- Click on the About button (screen capture 2)
- You should now be able to read you Java version number (screen capture 3).

How do I install the latest Java version?
Installing this version under Windows is easy, you just have to go to this page an follow SUN's instructions

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Security certificate acceptance
The BioGuide applet needs to use a security certificate to give the user the ability to save their configuration file. An applet without a certificate is never allowed to write files on the computer.

As BioGuide is a research project, this security certificate has not been issued by a company but has been self signed by the development team.
Anyway you can trust us! There is no risk to use our product.

How do I accept the security certificate?
You will just have to click on Run button (or whatever name is given to this button by your browser/Java version).
Screen capture 1 gives an example with Java and Internet Explorer or Firefox.

What if I refused the security certificate?
The easiest way to have a new chance to accept this certificate is to close your browser and open a new browser instance on our website.

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Internet Explorer security bar
  The security bar introduced by Microsoft with Windows XP SP2 can block any active content (javascript, applet) depending on your security options.

If you this bar pops up, you will have to click on it and select the menu entry Allow Blocked content (screen capture 1).

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