Your installation will be much easier if you have an up to date version of Java installed on your machine.
Go to www.java.com to install Java or just run the Java update utility on your machine if it's already installed. (Control Panel/Java/Update)
Open MetaTrader 4 - click "File" then "Open Data Folder"
You will see a screenshot similar to the one above. The installation folder is in the top left hand corner and the path to this folder is shown below it..... so in this case the installation folder is called 'ODL MetaTrader 4 #2' folder. Your installation folder will be different so please don't use the data in this example. Take a note of the installation folder name and the path to it.
If your installation folder has long alphanumeric string (text with a mix of letters and numbers) eg...
OK... so you're running with Windows UAC... that's no problem - we just need to perform an additional step...
In your MT4 Data Folder you will see a file called 'origin' - if you open this file you will find a file path similar to the screenshot shown below. Take a note of this file path as this is the physical MT4 installation folder where MT4 was originally installed prior to the Windows Virtualization process (Basically windows UAC creates a virtualized version of the MT4 data folders in the folder with the long string... this is generally always in AppData/Roaming/MetaQuotes/Terminal folder)
Screenshot showing an MT4 Data folder for a UAC installation- the origin.txt file is highlit and shows the original physical installation folder
So we now have two file paths...
The virtualized file path.. and the original physical file path.
So in this example our vitualized path is:-
and our physical path is:-
When windows UAC is active on the machine you have to run the installer twice to target both MT4 file paths. It doesn't make a difference which order you install in.
YOUR FILE PATHS WILL BE DIFFERENT to the ones above... please do not blindly copy the ones above!
Make sure you have noted both file paths and click Continue.
The installers are available in the License Management Area. Log in using your Ref and ID which were provided in the automated fulfilment email after purchase. Once you have logged in click the 'Generate New Installer Links' button which looks like the image in the screenshot below.
Follow the instructions at the top of the installer links page and the installer will automatically be downloaded. The new installers have a '(600)' suffix after their name - as shown below:-
TIP: To unzip the contents of zip files you will need a zip utility installed on your machine. There are lots of free zip utlity programs but we like '7Zip' which you can download at http://www.7-zip.org/ free of charge. If you have another zip utility such as WinZip that's perfectly fine to use.
CLOSE MT4 then double click on the installer package you downloaded in the previous step. When you run your installer - make sure you point the installer to the MT4 installation folder(s) which we identified in earlier. Watch the installation video for guidance on running the installer if you are not sure.
Common mistake: DO NOT point the installation program to your 'EXPERT ADVISORS' or 'INDICATORS' folders. It simply won't work!