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    <h1>Mercurial version 0.7 for Windows</h1>

    <p>Welcome to Mercurial for Windows!</p>

    <p>Mercurial is a command-line application.  You must run it from
      the Windows command prompt (or if you're hard core, a <a
      href="http://www.mingw.org/">MinGW</a> shell).</p>

    <p>For documentation, please visit the <a
	href="http://www.selenic.com/mercurial">Mercurial web
	site</a>.</p>

    <p>By default, Mercurial installs to <tt>C:\Mercurial</tt>.  The
      Mercurial command is called <tt>hg.exe</tt>.  To run this
      command, the install directory must be in your search path.</p>

    <h2>Setting your search path temporarily</h2>

    <p>To set your search path temporarily, type the following into a
      command prompt window:</p>

    <pre>
set PATH=C:\Mercurial;%PATH%
</pre>

    <h2>Setting your search path permanently</h2>

    <p>To set your search path permanently, perform the following
      steps.  These instructions are for Windows NT, 2000 and XP.</p>

    <ol>
      <li>Open the Control Panel.  Under Windows XP, select the
	"Classic View".</li>

      <li>Double-click on the "System" control panel.</li>

      <li>Click on the "Advanced" tab.</li>

      <li>Click on "Environment Variables".  You'll find this near the
	bottom of the window.</li>

      <li>Under "System variables", you will see "Path".  Double-click
	it.</li>

      <li>Edit "Variable value".  Each path element is separated by a
	semicolon (";") character.  Append a semicolon to the end of the
	list, followed by the path where you installed Mercurial
	(e.g. <tt>C:\Mercurial</tt>).</li>

      <li>Click on the various "OK" buttons until you've completely
	exited from the System control panel.</li>

      <li>Log out and log back in, or restart your system.</li>

      <li>The next time you run the Windows command prompt, you will be
	able to run the <tt>hg</tt> command without any special
	help.</li>
    </ol>

    <h1>Testing Mercurial after you've installed it</h1>

    <p>The easiest way to check that Mercurial is installed properly is to
      just type the following at the command prompt:</p>

    <pre>
hg
</pre>

    <p>This command should print a useful help message.  If it does,
      other Mercurial commands should work fine for you.</p>

    <h1>Reporting problems</h1>

    <p>Before you report any problems, please consult the <a
	href="http://www.selenic.com/mercurial">Mercurial web site</a> and
      see if your question is already in our list of <a
	href="http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/wiki/index.cgi/FAQ">Frequently
	Answered Questions</a> (the "FAQ").

    <p>If you cannot find an answer to your question, please feel
      free to send mail to the Mercurial mailing list, at <a
	href="mailto:mercurial@selenic.com">mercurial@selenic.com</a>.
      <b>Remember</b>, the more useful information you include in your
      report, the easier it will be for us to help you!</p>

    <p>If you are IRC-savvy, that's usually the fastest way to get
      help.  Go to <tt>#mercurial</tt> on
      <tt>irc.freenode.net</tt>.</p>

    <h1>Author and copyright information</h1>

    <p>Mercurial was written by <a href="http://www.selenic.com">Matt
	Mackall</a>, and is maintained by Matt and a team of
	volunteers.</p>

    <p>The Windows installer was written by <a
	href="http://www.serpentine.com/blog">Bryan
	O'Sullivan</a>.</p>

    <p>Mercurial is Copyright 2005 Matt Mackall and others.  See the
      <tt>Contributors.txt</tt> file for a list of contributors.</p>

    <p>Mercurial is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
      modify it under the terms of the <a
	href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html">GNU General Public
	License</a> as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
      version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
      version.</p>

    <p>Mercurial is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
      but <b>without any warranty</b>; without even the implied
      warranty of <b>merchantability</b> or <b>fitness for a
      particular purpose</b>.  See the GNU General Public License for
      more details.</p>
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