Boardspace from Windows
Preferred: If you do not already have Java installed, This installer has the boardspace launcher bundled with a private java environment.
Just install it, (blink through the nasty warning messages) and run the boardspace.exe app from the icon on your desktop or from
the start menu.
If you're a strict "never java" paranoid, see method #5, you can run the android app on windows.
Otherwise: Boardspace requires Java to be installed. If you do not have java yet, visit Java.com, download and install it.
has other information about getting java installed and configured on
actual boardspace application is a set of java ".jar" files which are
downloaded once and cached locally. There are sevaral variant
that take care of the details, and also keep your local copy up to date
with the current version. Whever method you choose,
you'll have to cope with windows efforts to prevent you being tricked in to downloading malware.
For the record: boardspace isn't malware, doesn't damage your PC, and won't annoy you with advertising.
Method #1: Download this windows executable , which can be placed anywhere. Your desktop is a good place.
browsers or anti-virus software will prevent you from downloading an
executable; here is the same executable contained in a zip file.
The first time you click to run the executable, you will probably see a scary pop-up simular to this:
Click on "More info" and then "run anyway".
Method #2: Use
the boardspace.net client. Your browser may resist java web start, or may offer
save a file instead. You can click to launch a ".jnlp" file that
was downloaded. The first time you launch java web start,
you will see a security pop-up warning about running untrusted applications. Give permission.
note that Java Web Start has been deprecated by Oracle is in the
process of disappearing. There's an open source alternative
https://openwebstart.com/ . Download and install Open web start, and Java Web Start will still work.
Method #3: Jar files are directly executable; it's all really the same under the hood, but you don't get a pretty icon by default.Method #4: For the truly paranoid about installing software on windows, download this zip file, expand it anwhere you want
You can download the launcher jar file, place it anywhere, and click to launch it. You can also copy this exact jar file to a
or a Linux PC and launch it there, or launch it from a command
line similar to "java -jar boardspace.jar".
On windows, you can also create a shortcut to the jar file, and change the icon to this one:
run the Boardspace.net.exe found inside. No installation of any
kind is required, though you may still have to blink through
warnings about running a previously untrusted program.
This package includes its own portable java, which it will use
if you don't have java installed.
Method #5: run the android app, on Windows 11. This is a bleeding-edge feature in Windows 11. If you enable
"windows subsystem for Android", you can run native android apps on windows. Then, in the appstore, you can
"boardspace.net", install it, and magically, boardspace.net appears in
your windows start menu. I imagine in the future
microsoft may make the whole setup and install process a lot more convenient.
Whichever of these hoops you choose to jump through, when you run the launcher application you should see a window
similar to this, and you're on your way.