Installing ACL Analytics

The procedure below outlines the steps for installing ACL Analytics.


IT administrators can also install ACL Analytics silently, without requiring user interaction. For more information, see Installing ACL Analytics using silent installation.

To install ACL Analytics:

  1. Download the ACL Analytics installation package (ACLAnalytics1130_<edition>.exe) from ACL Launchpad (

    A company’s ACL account administrator can also supply other users with the installation package.

    The <edition> identifier indicates whether the installation package contains the non-Unicode or Unicode edition of ACL Analytics. Ensure that the edition you download and install is the correct edition for your organization.

  2. Close all other Windows applications.
  3. Double-click the ACL Analytics installation package.
  4. If a security warning dialog box appears, verify the information listed, and click Yes.
  5. Select the language you want to use for your installation of ACL Analytics and click OK.
  6. In the Setup Extraction Location page, specify the folder where the installation files will be extracted, and click Extract.

    You can click Browse to select a folder, or accept the default location (C:\Users\user_account_name\Downloads\ACL Installers\ACLAnalytics1130_<edition>).

    The setup files are extracted to the destination folder you specified. After the files are extracted the setup wizard starts automatically. If the setup wizard fails to start automatically for any reason, you can use Windows Explorer to navigate to the folder where the setup files were extracted and double-click setup.exe.

  7. If you are prompted to install prerequisites, click Install. After the prerequisites are installed, the ACL Analytics installer automatically proceeds.
  8. In the Welcome page, click Next.
  9. In the License Agreement page, select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.
  10. In the Destination Folder page, specify the locations where the ACL Analytics application files and the ACL Analytics sample data files will be installed. If necessary, click Change to modify either, or both, of the default locations and then click Next.

    The location where you install the sample data files becomes the default ACL Analytics working directory.

    The default locations:

    • ACL Analytics application files (32-bit operating systems): C:\Program Files\ACL Software\ACL Analytics 11\

    • ACL Analytics application files (64-bit operating systems): C:\Program Files (x86)\ACL Software\ACL Analytics 11\

    • ACL Analytics sample data files: C:\Users\user_account_name\Documents\ACL Data\Sample Data Files\

  11. In the Ready to Install the Program page, click Install.
  12. When the installation process is complete, click Finish.
  13. Double-click the ACL Analytics shortcut on the desktop to start the ACL Analytics Launcher.

    The ACL Analytics Launcher opens. If ACL Analytics needs to be activated appears at the bottom of the window you need to activate the software before you can use it.

  14. If you need to activate the software, click Activate.

    The Sign in to ACL GRC dialog box appears.

  15. Do one of the following:
    1. To sign in using your ACL Launchpad account, enter your ACL Launchpad user name (email) and password and click Sign In.

      You should already have these credentials based on the instructions in the welcome email or the email notification.

    2. To sign in using your organization’s domain, click Sign in to a custom domain and follow the on-screen instructions.

    Select your company if you are prompted to do so, and click OK.

    You are returned to the ACL Analytics Launcher.

  16. To start ACL Analytics, do one of the following:
    • Click New Project to create a new, empty ACL project.

    • Click Open Project to open an existing ACL project (.acl) or an existing analysis app (.aclx).

    • Click an ACL project (.ACL) , or an analysis app (.aclx) , under Open a recent item.

    If you create or open an ACL project it opens in ACL Analytics. If you open an analysis app, it opens in the Analysis App window.

  17. In ACL Analytics, to display the toolbar or the command line, select Window > Tool bar or Window > Command Line.
  18. If an ACL Analytics Update notification appears in the Windows taskbar, click the notification and follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the update.

    Close ACL Analytics before downloading the update.

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