Sorry for the thread necromancy, but I have recently upgraded to Windows 7 and had a load of problems getting Aurora to run. But I made it, so I thought to write this hoping it will help anyone having trouble.
1) Download the AuroraInstall554. zip and the Aurora560. zip from the installation thread (duh).
2) Unpack AuroraInstall554. zip and run Setup. exe.
- You may have the first problem here: I had an error "cannot AutoRedrawImage" or something like this and setup crashed. If this is the case, follow with the next steps, if not skip to 3:
- This error is caused by the lack of some Visual Basic dll's.
- Therefore, you need to install Microsoft's Visual Studio, latest version - it's free and easy to find by googling it.
- Download the installation file, execute it with the basic options, wait (it's a sizeable download again, about 140 MB)
- You may run into another error regarding VC 9. 0 x86. It's common enough and a Visual Studio setup bug.
- Look for VC 9. 0 x86 redist on google, download it.
- Run it and either install it from scratch or repair installation-
- Repeat installation of Visual Studio, be warned you'll have to reboot your machine.
- When reboot has completed, try again running Aurora's setup. exe.
3) When choosing a location, DO NOT USE THE PROGRAM FILES PATH. Windows 7 does not take kindly to system folders being tampered with. Instead, install to C:\aurora or C:\Games\Aurora.
4) Unpack the AuroraUpdate554. zip patch you got in the AuroraInstall554. zip into your Aurora directory (i. e. C:\Games\Aurora). You should have this structure:
5) Unpack your Aurora560. zip into your Aurora directory and overwrite both Aurora. exe and Stevefire. mdb.
- For good measure, install Simple Shutdown Timer, as mentioned in this thread, to get another needed dll. It may not be necessary, however, I can't say for certain said dll is not installed by Visual Studio. (You can uninstall it immediately, however)
6) Run Aurora. exe, generate a new galaxy, hit F3 for the System View and immediately skip 5 days.
- You may get an error about syntax: if that's the case, shut down Aurora, head to the Control Panel and change your country settings to English (US).
- you may also want to "Run as Administrator" by right clicking on aurora. exe.
- Important: do not "select" New Game Name or The Space Race, as in those cases half of the windows are completely off-screen and unusable. Generate a new galaxy from scratch.
Well, that's it, hope it will save someone the hassle, I know I got close to giving up several times, but Aurora's too awesome and kept calling me back like a siren.