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In writing this I have tried to include as many details as possible, so even if you know very little about computers you should be able to follow the instructions successfully. As a result it looks much more complicated than it really is! If there are any terms you are not familiar with (like "browser" and "title-bar" perhaps?) please get someone to help!

Windows and Internet Explorer versions

The precise details of the dialogs and text will vary depending on the version of Windows you are using, the version of Internet Explorer you are using, and how your browser has been set up. These instructions are based on a typical setup with Windows Vista running Internet Explorer 9.


Occasionally Real mahjong™ will need to be upgraded. This is usually done automatically. Occasionally we may ask you to download and install a new version from the internet but we will try to keep the times when you need to do this to a minimum.


If you should wish to uninstall Real Mahjong, go to the Control Panel, and select "Uninstall a program" (under the heading "Programs"). Find Real Mahjong in the list, right-click the entry and click on "Uninstall". At the end of the process Windows may display a message to the effect that it hasn't installed all components. You can safely ignore this message.

Downloading and Installing with Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Vista

These instructions should also work with Windows 7. For Windows XP, click here.

Please note that some of the illustrations shown here may be slightly out of date, but the instructions remain unchanged.

  • Read through the following instructions first, so you know what to expect before you start.

  • You may find it helpful to print this page for reference, particularly if your browser covers your entire screen, as you will then need to move or minimise it for some of the steps. To print the page, hold down the "Ctrl" key while pressing "P".

  • Click here to start downloading.

  • A message appears at the bottom of this page asking whether you want to run or save the installer. Next to the Save button there is a small downward-pointing arrow:

  • Click it and then click "Save as" from the menu that appears.

  • In the left-hand pane of the Save As dialog that appears left-click (once) on "Desktop".

  • Click the Save button in the dialog.

  • If you have downloaded the installer before, a new dialog appears asking if you wish to replace the existing version. If this dialog appears click the Yes button. Otherwise just continue with the next step.

  • After the installer has been scanned for viruses a message appears at the bottom of the page to the effect that the publisher of the installer cannot be verified. You can safely ignore this message.

  • There's now a new icon on your desktop. It looks like this:

    Locate this icon, minimising or moving the browser window if necessary to do so.

  • Double-click the icon or right-click it and select "Open".

  • A Security Warning dialog may appear, telling you (again) that the publisher cannot be verified. This is OK, so click "Run".

  • A User Account Control dialog appears, asking for an administrator's password. Enter the administrator's password, if any. This may be your own password, depending on how your accounts were set up. Hit OK.

  • The Real Mahjong Setup Wizard (AKA installer) appears. You can't mistake it — it looks like this

  • At the bottom of the Real Mahjong Setup Wizard Welcome page, click "Next".

  • The next page is the Licence Agreement. Read it and, if you're happy with it, click the "I accept the agreement" button and click "Next". If not, click "Cancel".

  • Assuming you clicked "Next" on the Licence Agreement page, the next page is simply telling you that you don't need to worry about the options that will be offered on subsequent pages. Unless you're a techie (in which case you wouldn't be reading this) the preselected options will be right for you. Just keep clicking "Next". Click "Next".

  • If you've previously installed and uninstalled Real Mahjong you may now see a message telling you the folder already exists and asking if you still want to use it. The answer's "Yes".

  • The only reason for not accepting the preselected option (on the next page) would be that you already have an application called "Real Mahjong". You haven't, of course! Click "Next".

  • On the next page (Select Start Menu Folder) click "Next".

  • On the Ready to Install page, click "Install".

  • When the installation is complete you will see the Completing the Real Mahjong Setup Wizard page:

    Click "Finish".

  • To start Real Mahjong, look for the Real Mahjong shortcut on your desktop and double-click it. (Temporarily minimise, resize or move your browser window if it's in the way.) The shortcut looks like this:

  • If this is the first time you've installed Real Mahjong (or you've installed and then uninstalled it) you will now see a Registration dialog:

    You need to register a user name that will identify you to other players. You can also enter your real name (first and last) and your email address, but this is optional, and at present we store but do not use this information. In future it might be useful, for example, to restore your identity if your hard-drive is destroyed. We will not contact you by email without your prior consent and will definitely not pass your infomation on to anyone else. When you have entered at least a user name (minimum six characters) click "Apply".

  • The Real Mahjong Control Centre now appears:

    Check out the Help menu, or if you'd prefer to dive in straight away just click "Computer", under "Who do you want to play with?"

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