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Q.

I have installed SPSS for Windows 9.0 on my machine. What


are all these files I see in the SPSS directory?

A.

BATCH FILES:

delbars.bat - This file will reset toolbars and status bars in SPSS.

dumb-off.bat – This file reverses the settings of dumb-on.bat, causing


SPSS to perceive the printer normally.

dumb-on.bat – This file is run for chart printing diagnostics. If a user is


having printing problems, s/he can run this file to make SPSS regard
the printer as a very low level printer with a primitive instruction set.

expoff.bat - This file will cause SPSS to NOT display an alert when
your license is close to expiring.

generic.bat - This bat file is provided to allow users to customize


SPSS font settings. Most of these settings can also be set in the Options
dialog box under the Edit menu, but Dialogfont can only be set here.
You may need to run this file if characters in your script do not appear
correctly in dialog boxes, the Data Editor, Syntax Windows, The OutputViewer
Outline window, graphics, or in pivot tables.

greek.bat – This file is similar to generic.bat, but has been customized for
Greek SPSS for Windows.

hebrew.bat – This file is similar to generic.bat, but has been customized for
Hebrew SPSS for Windows.

launchon.bat - This file will cause SPSS to again display the "launch"
dialog when the product launches.

newuser.bat - enters/registers the user in the Windows registry (inserts


an SPSS branch under the HKEY_CURRENT_USERS branch). This
is used to configure a new user to use SPSS on an NT machine.

objs-off.bat – This file turns off the Active-X functioning of SPSS objects. It
undoes the work of objs-on.bat. This toggling is needed because Microsoft
has not worked out the bugs in implementing Active-X. This file will cause
SPSS to NOT add output OBJECTS to the clipboard, when the user Cuts or
Copies an object. SPSS defaults to NOT placing objects on the clipboard,
because many applications do not support these (Active-X control) objects.
Pasting or dropping an Active-X object into a container that does not support
them may cause instability. If you decide to try using these objects in other
applications, be certain to test their compatibility fully before relying on them
in your everyday work.

objs-on.bat - This file turns on the Active-X functioning of SPSS objects. It


undoes the work of objs-off.bat. This toggling is needed because Microsoft
has not worked out the bugs in implementing Active-X. This file will cause
SPSS to add output OBJECTS to the clipboard, in addition to the other
formats it places there when the user Cuts or Copies an output. SPSS defaults
to NOT placing objects on the clipboard, because many applications do not
support these (Active-X control) objects. Pasting or dropping an Active-X
object into a container that does not support them may cause instability. If
you decide to try using these objects in other applications, be certain to test
their compatibility fully before relying on them in your everyday work.

pmalert.bat - This file will cause SPSS to again prompt when opening
large pivot tables or text objects.

prtfast.bat - This file will cause SPSS interactive graphics (IGraphs) to


print with a buffer size that is large in size and may result in the best
print performance for PCs plenty of RAM and virtual memory. If your
printed charts have missing white stripes, try prtnorm.bat or prtslow.bat
which are slower, but work better for low-memory machines or printers.

prtnorm.bat - This file will cause SPSS interactive graphics (IGraphs)


to print with a buffer size that is of moderate size and will work with most
modern printers. For faster printing, try prtfast.bat. If your printed charts
have missing white stripes, try prtslow.bat which is faster, but uses a
smaller print buffer size.

prtslow.bat - This file will cause SPSS interactive graphics (IGraphs) to


print with a buffer size that is slow, but will work with all printers. For faster
printing, try prtnorm.bat or prtfast.bat

reghoops.bat - This file will cause the HOOPS portion of SPSS to be


properly registered on this machine. HOOPS is the graphics component
of SPSS for Windows.

rereg.bat – re-registers the current version of SPSS in the Windows


registry. You must be in the directory where rereg.bat resides, and it
will register the version of SPSS in that directory.

rereg75.bat – if SPSS 7.5.x is installed, this makes 7.5.x the primary


SPSS version on the machine (rather than the current version)

rereg70.bat – if SPSS 7.0.x is installed, this makes 7.0.x the primary


SPSS version on the machine (rather than the current version)

rereg61.bat – if SPSS 6.1.x is installed, this makes 6.1.x the primary


SPSS version on the machine (rather than the current version)

regpurge.bat - completely removes SPSS from the Windows registry.

wmf-off.bat - This file will cause SPSS to print charts normally. It undoes
the work of wmf-on.bat.

wmf-on.bat - This file will cause SPSS to print charts differently than usual.
In order to circumvent bugs in many printer drivers, we'll print Windows
metafiles directly.

EXECUTABLES:
dregedit.exe - an MS/DOS program that selectively alters the contents
of the Windows registry. It uses dregedit.dat, or specialized arguments
and switches to add or alter SPSS keys in the Windows registry.

licrenew.exe - This is the utility by which we update the license codes. It


prompts the customer for a license code, and (re)creates the .lic files.

regdump.exe – This dumps the SPSS-key contents of the Windows


registry to an MS/DOS windows.

spssw.exe - This is the executable that launches the SPSS back-end (the
actual statistical engine).

spsswin.exe - This is the executable that runs the SPSS front-end GUI
(graphical user interface).

spssxxxx.dll - (where xxxx represents something meaningful like freq


(frequencies)) - These are the individual executables invoked to run the
SPSS procedures.

wregedit.exe - A windowless version of dregedit.exe.

OTHER FILES:

dregedit.dat - Contains a list of commands used to populate the


Windows registry with SPSS entries. Used by dregedit.exe.

*.lic files - These files (00.lic, 01.lic, 02.lic ...) are license files. It is their
presence in the SPSS directory that allows SPSS to run. The first digit
represents the language (0 is for USA English). The second digit
represents the product (0 = Base, 1 = Tables, 2 = Professional ...).

setuplog.txt - This is a plain text record of SPSS’s installation on the


machine. If something went wrong, it might be useful to inspect this file.

spss.tpl - (this file is actually found in the C:\Win95 directory) - this file
contains SPSS data templates.

spssinst.log - (also found in the C:\Win95 directory) - this file records


how SPSS was installed onto the machine.

75.dat, 70.dat, 61.dat - these are the input files required by rereg75.bat,
rereg70.bat and rereg61.bat, respectively, in order to register their
versions (7.5.x, 7.0.x or 6.1.x) as the primary version of SPSS in the
Windows 95 Registry. Note that they must also be copied into their
respective directories. These files are similar to dregedit.dat.

SOME FILE EXTENSIONS:

.386 - device driver for Windows 3.1


.acd - allClear v4 diagram file
.acl - allClear v3 script or format file
.agt - Neural Network production mode command files
.amd - Amos Text input file
.ami - Amos Text input file (the default)
.amj - Amos Graph output read by Amos Text
.amo - Amos Text output file
.amp - Amos Text output read by Amos Graphics
.amw - Amos Graphics System (data) file
.atp - AnswerTree output project file (contains tree)
.ats - AnswerTree production mode command file
.avf - Clear View, or allClear v3 & v4 file
.bak - backup file
.bat - batch file
.bin - binary files
.bmp - Window bit map
.btr - Btrieve file
.cht - SPSS 6.1 chart file
.clo - SPSS chart look
.com - command file, runs on its own
- SYSTAT v5 command file
.cpl - Control Panel entry
.dat - any sort of data file, too generic
.dll - binary executable file, but cannot run on its own
.doc - MSWord document
.drv - driver
.eps - encapsulated PostScript
.err - error file
.exe - binary executable file, runs on its own
.fon - font (printer) file
.fot - font (terminal) file
.gif - type of image file
.grp - group file (Windows 3.1)
.hlp - help file
.hmt - NetScape Markup
.html - hypertext markup language, www language
.ico - icon file
.inc - SPSS production file, or include file
.inf - Windows information file
.ini - initialization file (Windows 3.1 applications)
.ins - internet signup
.isp - internet signup
.jpeg - an image file
.jpg - an image file
.kyb - keyboard mapping file
.lic - SPSS license files
.lnk - link files, desktop shortcuts to the executables
.lst - SPSS 6.1 output
.mpeg - video file
.mak - for compiling, C
.mda, mdb - MSACCESS
.mnu - menu file
.mov - Quicktime movie
.movie - video movie
.mp2 - movie
.mpg - video movie
.mpeg - video
.msg - message
.msn - MS Network document
.nna - Neural Network v1 data file
.nni - Neural Network v2 files, directions on how to run
.nnt - Neural Network v1 files, directions on how to run
.ocx - OLE custom control file
.pcx - Paint picture file
.pdf - Acrobat document file
.pif - program information file (MS/DOS within Win95)
.pix - picture file
.por - SPSS portable file
.ppt - PowerPoint file
.prj - project file
.ps - PostScript file
.qry - MSQuery file
.qt - QuickTime file
.ra - RealAudio file
.ram - RealAudio file
.reg - Win95 Registry backup file
.rtf - rich text format file
.sav - SPSS for Windows data file
.sbs - SPSS SaxBasic script file
.scr - screen saver file
.sct - SPSS chart template
.shb - document shortcut
.shp - allClear user-defined shape file
.spc - QIAnalyst file
.spd - SPSS syntax guides
.spo - SPSS for windows output
.spp - SPSS for windows production mode output
.sps - SPSS syntax files
.srv - TextSmart survey (system, data) file
.ssd - SAS data file
.sty - allClear v3 style sheet
.syc - SYSTAT v6, v7, & v8 command files
.syd - SYSTAT v6, v7, & v8 data files
.syg - SYSTAT v5, v6, & v7 graph files
.sys - some Windows system files
- SPSS MS/DOS data files
- SYSTAT v5 data files
.tif - an image file
.tiff - an image file
.tlo - SPSS table look
.ttf - TrueType font
.txt - default plain text
- default input for TextSmart, Business Objects
.url - internet shortcut, URL address
.vts - TrialRun first impression data matrix
.vxd - Windows 95 virtual device driver
.wav - audio wave file
.wb2 - QuattroPro file
.wk* - Lotus files
.wmf - Windows metafile (graphics)
- SYSTAT v8 graph file
.wpd - WordPerfect files
.wpg - WordPerfect Draw files
.wri - Notepad files
.xbm - Netscape Markup files
.xl* - Excel file
.zip - zipped file