How to speed up RSLinx Classic installs

A need for speed…

RSLinx SplashHere in the Northeast, in the current climate of running lean and mean, time is a precious commodity.

So when setting up a new computer with Rockwell Software, anything that can help save time, no matter how small, is well worth remembering.

And since RSLinx Classic seems to take forever to install (especially 2.x versions) this simple tip should save you 5 to 10 minutes (or more) every time time you install it.

No need for legacy support?

The Classic part of RSLinx Classic denotes it's legacy support, but how many new systems actually need support for legacy devices?

There's a good chance you might need to support legacy devices with your primary programming PC , but on new PCs you're deploying it's very likely you won't.

With that in mind, below are two simple steps you can take when installing RSLinx Classic's to substantially reduce the time it takes to install when certain legacy device support is not required:

Speed up RSLinx Classic's install time:

As you install RSLinx Classic, pause on this screen:

RSLinx Classic Setup 1

Notice that support for both ControlNet and Devicenet are selected by default, however most new systems don't use either of these networks.

To disable installing support for these two networks (and greatly reduce the time it takes RSLinx Classic to install) click on each and select, “This feature will not be available.”

RSLinx Classic Setup 2

Once both have been deselected, continue with the install. You should notice a substantial reduction in the time it takes to complete.

RSLinx Classic Setup 3

I hope this simple tip on how to make RSLinx Classic install faster is helpful. If you have any comments, questions, corrections, or suggestions please don't hesitate to share them with us – just click on the “post a comment or question” link below.


Shawn Tierney
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