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Worldwide Military Personnel and Unit Database
Secure Software Installation Instructions

92 Million Listings added since 04 July 1988.
Active Military, Former Service, Military Family Members.
New Lisings added daily.

The Military Personnel and Unit Database operates on one of the most secure and impenetrable platforms using special software to ensure against hackers, information theft, corruption, alteration or destruction of personnel and personal data. The civilian-use version of this battlefield software is completely stand-alone and does not integrate into Windows. The following quick installation is a one-time process that takes about 2 minutes. Simply follow the numbered steps, one at a time. If you have trouble with any of the following numbered steps you should email The Help Desk: Email
Help Desk: americanwarlibrary@pacbell.net

NOTE: The following PC installations steps have to be completed ONLY ONCE. After you have installed this security software additional instructions will tell you how to restart the software on your PC without ever having to re-install this software again.

1. Choose to SAVE or RUN the installation software from ANY of the Software Sites below:

2. CLICK HERE if you chose to SAVE library.exe on your hard drive. Or CLICK HERE if you chose to RUN library.exe from the Software Site.


THIS IS WHERE YOU START IF YOU CHOSE "SAVE"

We strongly recommend saving LIBRARY.EXE in your root (C:\) folder. However, you may save LIBRARY.EXE in any folder.

  • After LIBRARY.EXE has completed downloading you can start the installation two ways...

    a.) Click your START button, then click RUN
    A small screen with a white box will open...
    In the white box, type C:\LIBRARY.EXE in upper or lower case.

    Or b.) Go to the folder where you saved LIBRARY.EXE and double-click on it.

    3. A box/screen titled Winzip Self-Extractor will appear. Click the top button, UNZIP.

    4. You will see that a default folder called C:\MHC has been selected for software installation. Please DO NOT change this default selection to another folder.

    5. After a quick unzipping process a small box will appear confirming that "367 files unzipped successfully". Click OK to close this screen. Depending on your version of Windows, another small black screen MAY appear after closing the Unzip screen. If this happens simply close this black screen using the 'X' in the upper right corner of the screen.

    6. As the software quickly identifies your version of windows you will see a new screen that says "Winsock.dll found. Please select YES". (Always click YES at this prompt when you re-start the software in the future.)

    7. Within moments a grey screen will appear with the words FILE and HELP in the upper left corner. Under these words you will see three icons. Click the first ("Connect") icon.

    8. The DIALING DIRECTORY menu will appear. In this menu you will see two listings:

    • Reference Desk xx.xx.xxx.xxx
    • Modem Personnel Registry 1-310-715-2912

    9. Double-click "REFERENCE DESK", which appears on a black line.

    10. Depending on Internet traffic at the moment, your connection to The Worldwide Military Personnel Database should be relatively immediate. (You may briefly see a window 'counting down' to connection.)

    11. Wait a few moments for any new 'first-time' files to transfer to your C:\MHC folder.

    12. Respond to any screen questions that appear.

    13. This ends the installation. You may now discard these instructions.

    During the installation process above a startup icon (a world globe bisected by a yellow arrow) was sent to your desktop. For all future access to the Database simply click this desktop icon to re-start the software. NOTE: If the re-start icon was not created on your desktop simply copy the filename LIBRARY.LNK from your C:\MHC folder to your Windows subfolder where your desktop icon (.lnk) files reside. (In most versions of Windows the .lnk folder is: "C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP".)

    Another way to create a desktop icon for the Library software is simply to:

    • Right-click your mouse on any open space of your desktop screen
    • Select "NEW"
    • Select "SHORTCUT"
    • In the "Command Line" box type: c:\mhc\csterm.exe

    Veteran's Organization, Genealogy, Military and other Webmasters are encouraged to place a copy of the LIBRARY.EXE software and this instruction page on your website for convenient access by your members and visitors so that they don't have to leave your website to transfer to this page.


    Unless you were referred to a section below, you do not need to read any further. You're done with these instructions.


    MANUAL SOFTWARE STARTUP

    This software can be used on any communication platform and can be activated automatically or manually. After unzipping LIBRARY.EXE to your C:\MHC folder you can start the software manually via your simply by clicking on CSTERM.EXE in your C:\MHC folder.


    If you have any suggestions or recommendations on improving this installation process, please email them to: veterans@pacbell.net. We will incorporate your ideas to better assist others. Thanks!


    Special note to AOL, CompuServe and Prodigy members: If you are an AOL or Prodigy member who accesses either service via your modem you can now access The Worldwide Database via internet. To access The Database via internet simply:

  • 1. Dial up and Log on to AOL/Prodigy/Compuserve
  • 2. After establishing a modem connection, minimize your AOL/Prodigy/Compuserve screen
  • 3. Load/Run the secure software
  • 4. Log on using the "Reference Desk..." connection in the Dialing Directory (The first listing: 98.49.234.146)

  • Suggestion For Getting This Software To Work On WebTV or TVWeb:

    The GI Personnel Registry is not accessible by you through WebTV/TVWeb because you need a disk drive for software installation. You have two options:

    • 1. You can ask WebTV/TVWeb to install the LIBRARY.EXE software on their main server so that you and other WebTV/TVWeb users can run LIBRARY.EXE through your webbrowser just as easily as typing a website address.

      If WebTV/TVWeb agrees to install LIBRARY.EXE on their main server you will be able to run the sotfware simply by entering the website address into your webbrowser (just like entering an "http"-type website) where the software is located on the WebTV/TVWeb server, for example:.
      c:\software\csterm.exe
    • 2. Or, you can ask WebTV/TVWeb to provide a portable hard drive that can easily attach to your WebTV/TVWeb console/keyboard. (This hard drive will also enable you to save visited websites, data or photos for permanent storage and offline re-viewing.)

    About The War Library Software

  • History and Purpose
  • Windows Integration
  • How to Remove
  • History and Purpose

    The software was created under military usage protocol (MilNet) guidelines to provide dual platform (internet and modem) access for combat theater operators located anywhere on the globe.

    Windows Integration

    The War Library software does not integrate into Windows or other operating systems. For combat theater purposes the software is completely stand-alone, utilizing only one Windows system interface (.dll) which already exists in the Windows system inventory (winsock.dll).

    How to Remove

    Simply delete the C:\MHC folder or subdirectory.

    Brief Technical Info About the Access Software

    The special software you need to download to access The War Library is fully self-contained software that does not integrate into any aspect of the Windows operating system. This battlefield software is stand-alone, utilizing only one pre-existing Windows DLL (winsock.dll) that already resides in your Windows folder/subdirectory. Because the software is fully portable and viral resistant it can be transferred to any Windows workstation for rapid installation and use. To eliminate the software from any workstation simply erase/delete the c:\mhc folder/subdirectory.
    Return to your last position in this document

    AOL and GMAIL email systems...

    AOL's email system is dysfunctional and erratic. GMAIL does not allow .exe file transfers.

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