Matlab release 2007b for Windows
It is not necessary to remove the existing setup for any earler version of
Matlab. More than one version can appear, for example, in your 'Programs'
menu. This version requires about 1 GB of local disk space.
You can check out the extensive
2007b Release Notes
for this version.
Matlab 2007b can be downloaded from the Xweb to your PC using the
instructions in this document. You can then run Matlab 2007b using one of
several possible licenses. You can either use you own individual or group
license, supplied to you by your Matlab license administrator, or you can
use one of the 8 floating licenses available to anyone at SLAC, to the extent
such a license is still available for checking out. It is also possible to set
up your license environment to use both your own license for the main Matlab
application and your own toolboxes, together with the floating licenses for
toolboxes available with the floating licenses. This requires a second
installation of Matlab using the floating license information. In such a
scenario, in which you want to use both types of licenses, there are
additional steps required following each of the two installations, described
below in the section
Setting up dual-license mode
Setting up a client PC
This procedure requires administrator privileges on your machine.
Begin by going to the Xweb webpage:
- Find the entry in the list for Mathworks Matlab 2007b.
Click on the "Click to Install" button to the right.
- On the next page, click on the "I Agree" to license conditions
button at the bottom of the page.
- In the following menu, click at the top on "Install",
associated with "Step 1".
- On the next "File Download" page, you can choose either "Run" or "Save".
The first choice might be easiest. It will download the installation files,
automatically proceed to unzip the dowloaded installation files
and then invoke the vendor installation program. The "Save" option
only downloads the installation files. You would then have to go to the
location where you saved the downloaded files and doubleclick on the setup.exe
file, which would initiate the install.
- On the next security warning page, click again on "Run", in case that
is what you chose in the previous step.
- After the files have been downloaded, and sometimes following a
wait of several minutes with no window appearing or other indication of
anything happening, a window finally does appear, indicating that the
files are being unzipped (if you selected 'run' previously).
- In the 'Welcome to the MathWorks Installer' menu, select the
default 'Install' option.
- In the next menu, along with your usual Name and Company info,
you are prompted to enter the so-called PLP number, which, for a group
license, you should obtain from your local Matlab administrator. For an
individual Matlab license of your own, Mathworks should have sent you
your license, a file which will include the PLP number. Or, you can use
the following PLP license code for using the floating licenses:
- If you referred previously to the PLP for the floating license, the
next screen "License file" prompts you to specify the license file.
The license file you need to point here is
Otherwise, if you are using your own PLP license #, the license file will
not be prompted for.
- On the following screen "License Agreement" check the box by "Yes".
- Next is the 'Installation Type' menu, in which you presented
with the choices 'Typical' and 'Custom'. 'Custom' allows you to remove items
to install from a subsequent list. The only items on the list are those for
which the PLP license code you are using has allocated to you. 'Typical'
installation bypasses the list of licensed features and installs all of the
(licensed) features. Thus, 'typical' leads to the simplest procedure.
The toolboxes associated with the above PLP, for concurrent
(floating) licenses are:
Control System Toolbox
Image Processing Toolbox
Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
Signal Processing Toolbox
Simulink Control Design
System Identification Toolbox
- So if you would like all of these toolboxes installed on your
PC, you can 'choose' 'Typical" (installation). If you want to pick and
choose from among the list above, choose "Custom".
If you want only the toolboxes (and of course the main Matlab product) that
are associated with your own PLP for your group or individual license, then
you can reference just your own PLP and not the one given above.
Again, the PLP number associated with your group you can get from the
group administrator. If you have trouble with that process, you can also
contact Bob Boeninger for this information.
The PLP number associated with your individual Matlab license would normally
be emailed to you by the Mathworks as part of your license purchase.
- In the 'Folder Selection' menu, you can "Browse" to the local Folder
where you want to install Matlab.
- The next 'Confirmation' menu lists the features you selected.
Clicking on 'install' allows the installation to commence.
Only those, therefore, can be installed. You may want to
install other toolboxes associated with other licenses, such as a group
license you may be associated with. In that case you can repeat this
installation procedure using your other PLP number. Then only items
associated with that license will be listed. If you choose "Custom" rather
than "Typical" install, you can select just the toolboxes you have not
- Near completion of the installation several pop-up
"File Extension Warning" windows appear asking whether you want to associate
certain file extensions with the Matlab application. You can respond
according to your preference.
- At the completion of the installation, in the "Setup Complete" window,
click on the "Finish" button.
- This version of Matlab on the Windows XP platform has a bug which has
to be worked around as follows:
In order to avoid the Matlab session immediately aborting after it's invoked,
add a special (system) environment variable to your system, called
MATLAB_RESERVE_LO, set to the value 0.
- Although the install process does not prompt for the text to be provided
for the Programs Folder entry, the default turns out to be just
"MATLAB". One level deeper shows the actual version: R2007b. You can
change this label to whatever you like by manually editing the entry
in the "All Users" Programs Folder.
- This completes the installation of Matlab. Starting with this
version, if you are using your own PLP license #, you should no longer
set your LM_LICENSE_FILE environment variable to point to the remote
central license server, as we have done up till now. You can do this,
however, if you are interested in running versions of Matlab prior to 2007b,
or are using the central floating license to run 2007b. Using your own PLP,
starting with 2007b, the license is stored on your local machine, and it
can also be used to run earlier Matlab versions.
- If you used your own PLP but would like to also use additional Matlab
toolboxes available with the floating licenses, you would go through a second,
similar installation process using the PLP license code for these
floating licenses. Before beginning the second installation, it is important
to temporarily save the license file that was installed during the first
installation step. The process is described in the next section.
Setting up dual-license mode
Dual-license mode allows you to run the main Matlab application and
any toolboxes belonging to your own license using your own license as well
as to use additional toolboxes available with the floating licenses, as
listed above, using the floating licenses.
This completes the client PC installation process.
- The first step consists of installing Matlab 2007b from the Xweb as described
above, using the PLP license code for your own individual or group license.
- Before repeating the installation using the PLP license code for the floating
licenses, it is important to first save the 'license.dat' file, in Folder
(top-level Matlab Folder)\bin\win32, produced by the first installation step.
Now you can repeat the installation using the PLP license code mentioned above,
for the floating licenses. During the second installation, you won't need to
re-install the main Matlab program, nor any toolboxes you already installed
during the first installation. At the point where the installation process
prompts you to select the toolboxes from a list, you only need to select the
subset of toolboxes you want to use.
- The second installation again produces a license.dat file, which you can
simply delete, as it will be replaced with a fixed file. In fact, copy file
V:\CAE\Matlab\2007b\license.lic to your local Folder
(top-level Matlab Folder)\bin\win32.
- Now copy back the saved former license.dat file produced from the first
installation to the same Folder (top-level Matlab Folder)\bin\win32.
- You will now be able to use your individual or group license for Matlab
and toolboxes belonging to your license, as well as other toolboxes using the
floating license, to the extent that a license is available.
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Last updated: March 19, 2007