Updated 07 June 2006 9:15am EST
* Confirm Computer Requirements
1024 x 768 (XGA) display
512 MB RAM
DSL, cable modem, or higher (384 Kbps)
Also, you should verify that you have either PowerDVD or WinDVD installed on your computer and check that a DVD plays alright through Windows Media Player as well.
* Check DirectX
To determine which version of Microsoft Direct X you are running:
1. On the taskbar at the bottom of
your screen, click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Run dialog box, type dxdiag
3. Click OK.
A dialog box displays the version that you are running.
Latest version is DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
To download this version, search for "DirectX 9.0c End-User Runtime" at Microsoft Download Center
[Important Note: DirectX December 2005 has NOT been tested with XMAS.]
* Check to See If You Have the .NET Framework Installed
You can check to see if you already have the .NET Framework installed by clicking Start on the Taskbar, selecting Control Panel, and then double-clicking the Add or Remove Programs icon. When that window appears, scroll through the list of applications. If you see Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 or higher, you are fine.
If you do not have .NET Framework installed, download it via Microsoft Windows Update
You will need to restart your computer after .NET Framework finishes installing.
* Download and install XMAS
To install the XMAS application, download and run this file:
Be sure you have a DVD from this list:
You may request that other DVDs be added to our database. Simply complete the form here:
You may use this same form to request your user account.
Once you have a username and password for XMAS, go through the tutorial: