I thought it would be a good idea to create a sticky here on how to download and install Turbo Delphi Explorer Edition, a free download available from Borland.
This is the exact same version used in the new 'Developer's Corner - Delphi' series, the first video of which is available free, with later videos available to Member Sponsors.
Head to http://www.turboexplorer.com/mirror and download and install the following in this order:
- Turbo Explorer prerequisites
- Turbo Delphi Explorer edition
- Turbo Explorer hotfix rollup (the first download listed on the page)
Turbo Explorer Prerequisites
The Prerequisities can be downloaded as one zip file from the above site, but some of them you will probably already have. They are as follows:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer v6.0 SP1
- Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1
- Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1 SP1
- Microsoft .NET Framework SDK v1.1
- Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) v4.0 SP2
- Microsoft Visual J# .NET v1.1 Redistributable
When you go to install Turbo Delphi, the setup is supposed to start Borland's bootstrap utility to check for these prerequisites before continuing, but it didn't in my case - meaning it can install without meeting these conditions. Run the 'prereqs.exe' in the Install directory wherever you extract the temporary files to, and you'll be asked if you want to install any prerequisites that aren't present already on your PC. If you've extracted the prereqs zip file to the same directory as you put the temporary setup files in, you should be able to install these as part of the Bootstrap Utility.
Turbo Delphi Explorer edition
In order to run Turbo Delphi Explorer Edition itself, you need to head to http://trial.borland.com/survey.aspx?sid=620 to get a product key (you just need to answer a few quick questions first). Create yourself a BDN login with borland.com if you don't have one already (which is free).
You can install without having the product key in place, but you won't be able to actually use it until you've placed your product key text file in your Home directory. The home directory is outlined in the e-mail Borland will send you, but it will normally be 'C:\Documents and Settings\<username>' if you're using Windows 2000 or XP.
Turbo Explorer hotfix rollup
Once you've installed Turbo Delphi Explorer Edition, you should install the hotfix rollup. This is just a rougly 8MB download, and the actual install of this hotfix rollup only takes a few seconds.
That's it, you'll be ready for some Delphi goodness!