Completing Offline Installation

After all the products you selected have been installed, you return to the installer.

To complete the installation:

  1. On the InstallShield Wizard Complete page, click Finish to complete the installation.

    If you do not unselect the check box on this page, the installer displays the readme file.

  2. On the System Reboot Required page, click Finish to reboot your computer, or choose to reboot your computer later.

    After installing PowerBuilder, always shut down and restart your computer before using it.

PowerBuilder generates a log file PBLog_2019.txt in %Windows%\System32\AppeonInstallLog (in 32-bit OS) or %Windows%\SysWOW64\AppeonInstallLog (in 64-bit OS).

What the Installer Does

The installer installs files and updates the Windows registry.

The installer:

  • Installs Appeon files in an Appeon directory

  • Installs writable Appeon files to directories that are shared by all users

  • Installs system files in the Windows operating system path

  • Creates a program group and icons for each product installed

  • Creates uninstall files to identify what needs to be removed if you uninstall a product

  • Makes changes to the Windows registry

  • Creates or updates the INI file PB.INI (for PowerBuilder)

Writable files shared by all users

As part of its Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) compliance configuration, PowerBuilder installs writable files that are shared by all users. On Windows 7/8.1/10, it is C:\Users\Public\Documents\Appeon\PowerBuilder 19.0.

The shared files include:

  • PowerBuilder product readme file

  • The PB Demo databases (pbdemo2019R3.db and pbdemo2019R3u.db)

  • All Code Examples directories (including sample C# DLLs) and files

  • The PowerBuilder compiled HTML Help files

  • The Translation Toolkit directories and files

Files reserved for individual users

Other writable files are installed in the default Program Files\Appeon subdirectories, but are copied to different locations the first time a user starts PowerBuilder. In this way, each user gets a private copy of these files.

The following table lists the files that are copied and updated in the directories of users. In the table header, UserName is a variable that can be replaced by the user name of a PowerBuilder user. For Windows 7, the UserName directory is under the C:\Users directory.

In C:\...\UserName\ subdirectory

Files copied or updated

On Windows 7/8.1/10:

  • AppData\Local\Appeon\PowerBuilder 19.0

  • Initialization files (PB.INI, PBLAB.ini, PBODB.ini)

On Windows 7/8.1/10:

  • Documents\Appeon\PowerBuilder 19.0\Tutorial

  • Files for the PowerBuilder Getting Started tutorial


The locations of writable PowerBuilder files reserved for individual use are set in HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry entries for each PowerBuilder user. For example, the location of the PB.INI file that is copied to each user's local application data directory is registered under the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sybase\PowerBuilder\19.0\InitPath.

Registry changes

The installer makes the following changes to the Windows registry:

  • Creates or updates the key in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software

  • Updates system and user paths in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Environment

  • Adds the appropriate paths to the registry path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths

  • Adds the paths of compiled HTMLHelp files to the registry path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\HTMLHelp