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QuickInstall Guide

Before You Start

  • When installing or uninstalling this product, you must be logged on with Administrator rights.
  • It is highly recommended that you close any programs and disable any antivirus software that is running prior to the installation of this software. Be sure to turn on your antivirus software when you are finished.
  • If your system is protected by firewall, make sure you enable the following URLs on the firewall:
    • https://payloadresolvesvc.bentley.com
    • http://cdnllnw.bentley.com/*
  • MicroStation 2023 is designed so it can be installed and safely coexist on the same workstation as an existing MicroStation CONNECT Edition, MicroStation V8i or MicroStation V8 XM Edition commercial release. It will not attempt to upgrade or uninstall the existing commercial release, and by default it installs its program and configuration files to different locations than the other commercial release. MicroStation 2023 supports a side-by-side installation of multiple versions. When you install MicroStation 2023, it creates the registry entries responsible for file associations. If you do not want this to happen, during installation, in the Select Features to install list, turn off the File Association check box. MicroStation 2023 also creates the registry keys for VBA-initiated launching. Windows architecture allows for only one program to own these registry keys and the existing MicroStation CONNECT Edition, V8i or MicroStation V8 XM Edition Commercial Release should continue to function normally by default.
  • If you installed MicroStation 2023, MicroStation CONNECT Edition, and V8i on the same workstation and then uninstalled MicroStation V8i, you must run the Repair tool to make sure the registry and file associations are correct. Note: If you used Microsoft's program to uninstall, the Repair tool will work correctly. However, if you used a third-party's product to uninstall, it may have removed files needed by MicroStation. For the procedure to repair MicroStation, refer to the topic To Repair MicroStation.
  • When you install MicroStation 2023, the following items are installed with it:
    • Product Documentation
    • Example WorkSpace (MetroStation)
    • Visualization Content
    • CONNECTION Client
    • Bentley DGN Preview Handler
    • Bentley DGN Thumbnail Provider
  • By default, the following Technology Preview features are also installed:
    • AnchorPoint
    • Calculated Column
    • ColumnVisibility
    • EditCellInPlace
    • Edit Graphical Cell
    • Import
    • ItemTypePropagation_Break
    • ItemTypeText
    • LoftSolid GuideWire
    • MaintainTableSeed
    • ManipulateACS
    • MinMax
    • NewFolder
    • Recent Tools Popup
    • SearchParametricVariables
    • SelectByVariables
    • SerialNumberColumn
    • SortParametricVariables
    • Summarization Grouping Aggregation
    • TableStyle
    • TransposeTable
    • WFS Import
    Note: Take advantage of this Technology Preview, a non-public software service and/or application for evaluation purposes only. Please use the Technology Preview in your normal business environment as needed to form an opinion concerning the performance of the Technology Preview. Bentley personnel would welcome your valued feedback concerning the performance of the Technology Preview as you evaluate the capabilities. Please be aware that at some point, you may receive notice from Bentley that such use must cease or this Technology Preview will become unavailable to you. As we receive feedback, this Technology Preview may also be enhanced, updated or also discontinued without notice. As a Technology Preview, it is provided to you "as-is" without the benefit of any Bentley warranty, indemnity or support obligation.

    For details of these features, refer to MicroStation help.

  • Examples WorkSpace (MetroStation) contains downloadable examples.
  • Visualization content in the form of ready-to-render cell libraries is installed. It also contains LumenRT ready cell libraries.
  • Bentley DGN Thumbnail Provider is required to correctly view DGN thumbnails on Windows 10 operating systems. Immediately after installing Bentley DGN Thumbnail Provider, you still may not see the correct thumbnails for DGN files. This will be corrected by rebooting or re-logging onto the system.
  • Bentley DGN Thumbnail Provider is installed as a separate application. When you uninstall MicroStation, this application is not removed. If you do need to uninstall, then you will have to uninstall it separately.

Companion Installations

The new MicroStation installer introduces the concept of Companion Installations.

There are two types of Companion Installations, namely, Companion Features and Companion Products. Both Companion Features and Companion Products can be configured from the MicroStation installer and may require an additional license.

A Companion Feature is a layered application that runs inside MicroStation. It is installed independently from the MicroStation installer. Descartes for MicroStation can be installed as a Companion Feature.

A Companion Product is a completely independent application, which does not require MicroStation to run. It is installed from the link provided in the installer. Bentley LumenRT can be installed as a Companion Product.