Installing Cascon on Windows Vista, XP, 2000, NT, 98 and 95

Cascon Version 4.1
(Program build 97)

Welcome to Cascon, the Computer-Aided System for Analysis of Conflicts. This edition of the Cascon software and database is included with the book Managing International Conflict: from Theory to Policy by Lincoln P. Bloomfield & Allen Moulton, published by St. Martin's Press (New York), ISBN: 0-312-13675-7. 

Cascon provides computer support for using the conflict model and analytic methodology explained in the book. To make effective use of Cascon it is essential to understand the conceptual material presented in the book, especially Chapters 7-10, which cover the dynamic phase model of conflict and the Cascon methodology. For more information about Cascon, visit the Cascon Project web site at

Cascon is simple to install on the Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, NT, 98 or 95 operating systems. If you have an older machine, see the installation instructions for the Microsoft Windows 3.1 operating system.


Installing CASCON

On Windows Vista, XP, 2000, NT, 98 and 95:

  1. Click on Start, then select Settings and then Control Panel 
  2. Click on the Add/Remove Programs icon in Control Panel 
  3. Press the Install button 
  4. Place the Cascon Disk 1 in your floppy drive (e.g., drive A) 
  5. Click on Next 
  6. Verify that the box that appears shows the following (substituting your floppy drive letter for "A"): 
  7.        A:SETUP.EXE
  8. Press enter or click Finish 
  9. Follow directions on the Cascon installation screens that follow 

System Requirements for CASCON

Operating System: 
Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, NT, 98 or 95,

(or Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups) 
Pentium recommended 
16 MB recommended 
Hard disk space: 
1 MB for Cascon folder/directory 
VGA required (preferably SVGA 800 x 600 or better) 
3 1/2" floppy disk drive 

A 15" or larger monitor and SVGA 800 x 600 or higher resolution is especially helpful if you want to keep most of Cascon's windows visible at the same time. 

Files installed in your CASCON folder / directory

The Cascon SETUP program will install the following files in the Cascon folder / directory: 

  CASCON.CDB     Cascon historical conflict database
  CASCON.EXE     Cascon software
  CASCON.HLP     Cascon help file
  CASCON.HTM     Internet page with Cascon links (this file)
  CASCON.INI     Cascon initialization file
  PRO1.CAS       Profile case #1
  PRO2.CAS       Profile case #2
  PRO3.CAS       Profile case #3
  README.TXT     Installation and release notes 
  SAMPLE.CAS     Sample user case for an example in Chapter 10
  USERFORM.CAS   Model form for entering a case offline

Troubleshooting CASCON on Windows 95/98

If you have previously installed the Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 Beta test version, you may have a corrupt COMCTL32.DLL file in your Windows System folder. If the corrupt version of this file is present instead of the proper one, the tool bars in Cascon may appear disabled after you have begun a session and stay lit up when they should not. If the tool bars seem to behave oddly, check for a corrupt COMCTL32.DLL file. 

To check the file version, use Windows Explorer to look in your Windows System folder for COMCTL32.DLL. Usually, the Windows folder is on the C drive and the System folder is inside it. Click on the COMCTL32.DLL file and use the right mouse button to bring up Properties. Under the General tab at the top, the modified date of the corrupt file was July 14, 1996 and the size 397,200. Click on the Version tab at the top of the Properties box. If the File Version is "4.70.1115" the file is corrupt. The corrected file has a version of "4.70" plain. 

The recommended way to fix the problem is to install the final release version of Internet Explorer 3.0 which can be downloaded from the Microsoft web site at Alternatively, you can restore the original version of COMCTL32.DLL that came with your Windows 95/98. 

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