DAZ Studio 4 Installation Guide Windows

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  • KeryaKerya Posts: 10,943

    OK, I don't know either ... but I hope you do get it solved.

    Do you have your viewport set to Iray? Did you try to change it to OpenGL?

    I read you log file - your graphics card is much more powerful than mine (RTX 2080 - not TI), so it should work fine. I am grasping at straws.

    In General Preferences, is your folder for Temporary files set to a protected folder somewhere on c:? I don't like things like that to clutter up my C: drive, so I changed it to D:\DSTemporary ...

     

     

  • Geminii23Geminii23 Posts: 1,327

    Kerya said:

    OK, I don't know either ... but I hope you do get it solved.

    Do you have your viewport set to Iray? Did you try to change it to OpenGL?

    I read you log file - your graphics card is much more powerful than mine (RTX 2080 - not TI), so it should work fine. I am grasping at straws.

    In General Preferences, is your folder for Temporary files set to a protected folder somewhere on c:? I don't like things like that to clutter up my C: drive, so I changed it to D:\DSTemporary ...

    I changed the Temp to my D:\DAZ3D\Temp folder.  But still no improvement.  DS crashed again on trying to load figure.

  • Steel EyesSteel Eyes Posts: 17

    I was wondering if the latest version of DAZ will run if you have Win 7 OS or do you need Win 10?

  • PerttiAPerttiA Posts: 9,105

    Windows 7 works fine so far.

  • Hello!

    I recently installed Daz Studio 4.15 on a new computer (Asus Zenbook Flip 15 [i7, Win 10]). I can open the program, but after entering my email and password and pressing "connect," Daz Studio closes. There is no message given; it just closes.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Can anyone help to resolve this issue? I love using the program and really want it to work.

    Thanks.

  • karlkarl Posts: 66

    This may be useful for anyone else who wants to install Daz with assets on the D:; then, if they reinstall Windows or get a new PC and so do a fresh install of Daz Studio, Daz Studio will be able to find and use those installed assets exactly as before, so they don't have to download and install the assets all over again. Note this is just my procedure!

    STEP 1: PREPARATION

    If necessary, uninstall all current Daz stuff from the PC to start fresh.

    Use Daz Central (DC) or Daz Install Manager (DIM) to uninstall Daz Studio (DS) and content (whichever one you used to install DS in the first place), then uninstall DC/DIM through Windows.

    Then do any manual cleanup - see the instructions at https://helpdaz.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360055963392-How-do-I-uninstall-delete-Daz-Studio- but note that some of the folders names may be different, and the guide misses out a few folders (e.g. I had a Daz 3D folder on the root on my C: that needed deleting).

    STEP 2: INSTALL AND RUN DIM

    Download DIM from https://www.daz3d.com/install-manager-info/

    Install DIM on the C: at its default location.

    Run it, tick "Work Offline" (so you can set preferences). This will temporarily disable the password box. Enter your email and click Start.

    STEP 3: SET UP DIM

    We want to set locations on the D:, so they can be easily backed up and will also survive Windows reinstalls.

    In the top right corner is a small Gear icon (Settings). Go to Settings>Advanced Settings.

    Go to the Downloads tab – this is where we set the location to save the files you download from your store account.

    It has two options. There is a Package Archive C:/Users/Public/Documents/DAZ 3D/InstallManager/Downloads and a Thumbnail Archive C:/Users/Public/Documents/DAZ 3D/InstallManager/Thumbnails

    Package Archive is the zip files downloaded from the Daz store.

    Thumbnail Archive is apparently optional, some kind of preview in DS. Nothing is added to it by DIM installing assets, so things are probably only added by DS. However, since it will get downloaded anyway, and they don’t take up much space compared to the main assets, it makes sense to back them up too.

    Since I want to back them up, and they are different content types, I will be using a nested folder structure where the downloads and installed files all go under D:\image creation\Daz 3D\assets\

    So I set the Package Archive as D:\image creation\Daz 3D\assets\downloads

    and the Thumbnail Archive as D:\image creation\Daz 3D\assets\thumbnails

    Leave all other settings alone.

    Next go to the Installation tab. This allows you to set and add Content (Runtime) install paths.

    Again, there are multiple options.

    There is a Manifest Archive at C:/Users/Public/Documents/DAZ 3D/InstallManager/ManifestFiles

    There is a Content Database Base of C:/Users/NA/AppData/Roaming/DAZ 3D/cms

    And there is a Recommended folder of C:/Users/Public/Documents/My DAZ 3D Library (which has an ellipsis after it but clicking it does nothing).

    Manifest Archive is for the files that DS uses to track what it has installed.

    Content Database Base is the database used by the Content Management System. It is accessed and managed by PostgreSQL and has no DS content in it. DS and DIM update it based on product metadata. To avoid losing any metadata it should be on the D: drive and included in back ups. This location will be the same as the ContentCluster path you can set in DS Edit>Preferences>CMS Settings.

    So I set the Manifest Archive as D:\image creation\Daz 3D\assets\manifest

    and the Content Database Base as D:\image creation\Daz 3D\assets\cms

    However, I had an issue with this step! Every time I changed the Content Database Base to D:\image creation\Daz 3D\assets\cms, and Accepted it, then went back in, it had reset to C:/Users/NA/AppData/Roaming/DAZ 3D/cms (there were no error messages). This seems to be a bug. One option was to skip this step temporarily, let DIM go online, install DS, then try changing it inside DS (Edit>Preferences>CMS Settings, the ContentCluster location). But I found that once I installed DS and logged in, then came back to DIM, DIM then let me finally change the location of the CMS, so all was good. For some reason it would only let me after I installed DS.

    We also need to set a folder (a fifth location) for the actual files that DIM unpacks from downloaded zips and installs, which is the key ones to move to the D:. By default this is the Content Folder, which shows as C:/Users/Public/Documents/My DAZ 3D Library. First click the + in the bottom left of the window. Give the path a label such as “content” and choose a location on your D: (for me it was on my D:\image creation\Daz 3D\assets\content). Any added locations will be available in the Content Path Shortcuts drop-down selection box above, so change it to the one you want there. You can then delete the original default option so you only have the D: option for content.

    You can confirm the path etc in the main interface window “Ready to Install” tab: click on Show Details.

    That’s five folders set, so the hard work should be done.

    STEP 4: SET UP DAZ STUDIO

    We have set up DIM. If you haven’t done it already, let DIM go online and install DS. DIM should have transferred all the correct paths into DS, but we can double check for peace of mind.

    Open DS.

    Edit>Preferences>Content tab>Content Directory Manager.

    (You can also open preferences with F2.)

    That lets you expand the path trees for where thinsg will be stored.

    The CMS Cluster Directory should be whatever you set in DIM (D:\image creation\Daz 3D\assets\cms).

    Content (in both DAZ Studio Formats and Poser Formats) should be whatever you set (mine were both D:\image creation\Daz 3D\assets\content as I expected).

    Daz Connect Data isn’t something set by DIM, so will be a C: location. Daz Connect means installing content from within DS rather than via DIM (and doesn’t work for all content). As such, since we are using DIM, it makes sense to ignore that and install everything via DIM. So you can leave that alone.

    This hopefully just confirms that DIM correctly set the directories and transferred those locations to DS.

    I don’t think there’s a way to set a default for saving your scenes etc in DS, but I created a folder at D:\image creation\Daz 3D\my presets and will manually save scenes and characters there, so they get backed up and can also be transferred to a new PC or survive Windows reinstallation.

    icon_png files: see this https://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/225611/daz-studio-creates-icon-files
    I had that problem, icon files all over my desktop. So need to change
    Render Settings>General>Image Path and point it to some folder with no images in (can I set it as none? Chooce C:?). Then when save a render, browse to the desktop.

    STEP 5: DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL CONTENT/ASSETS

    Now that everything is set up, we can install all the assets we bought.

    Open DIM. Make sure you are “Working Online” (enter your password).

    The “Ready to Download” tab should be populated with everything you bought on the Daz Store, plus Daz Studio and some freebie starter content.

    TIP to save space and time: hide anything that you don’t want to download and install that might be things you don’t need such as Hexagon, or a bridge for Photoshop (if you aren’t going to use that). To the right of each line is a right-facing triangle. Click that for a menu, and you can hide any items you don’t want to install and they’ll disappear (you can view the hidden items at any time by clicking “Display Hidden”, and unhide them in the same way).

    My big tip is that many things I’d bought had the same file twice – once with ds at the end, once with ps. According to https://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/28450/ds-ps they are pretty much the same thing, and the ds version will work better in Daz. Also, the ps (Poser) version would often not work as smart content anyway. So, we want to just download and install the ds versions, and hide the ps. Installing both just doubles the storage, and unfortunately that is the default DIM chooses. So it may be worth filtering it – type ps onto the top right filter box. Ignore false positives (e.g. files where ps are next to each other liks “special ops poses” but identify real ps files and hide them using the right triangle menu I mentioned. For me that prevented DIM downloading and installing 94 items, or 12.3GB of unnecessary files. The downside is that I had to hide all 94 items individually, two clicks for each (and since the button is small and right next to the install button, I accidentally downloaded a few and had to delete them again). The little menu ignores the fact that you may have selected multiple items with the check marks on the left, making you hide each individually. Also be aware that if you hide ps packages in DIM in this way, then if you ever you reinstall DIM (e.g. on a new PC, or reinstalling the OS), you may well find them all back again and offered for install, so will need to hide them again (another 188 clicks …).

    If ever you use the filter box, remember to click the x in it when you are finished, to cancel the filter and reveal all the files again. Also, the filter box is handy for finding a particular item.

    A big bonus of DIM is multiple downloads. Daz Central (and Daz Connect) only let me download items one at a time (if I tried to download multiple items in DC it cancelled previous ones and only downloaded the last one I clicked on). But DIM lets you download multiple items – or even everything – at once. You can re-sort the packages by size or name and select groups. If you tick “Install After Download” it will do it for you. Because I don’t have superfast Internet, and have to share it with my partner (and use the same network for work), it took me three days to download and install what I currently own. That’s why I don’t want to ever have to do it again if I get a new PC or reinstall Windows – hopefully this method means the content will be there on my D: for future installs of DS!

    DIM downloaded and installed everything to the folders I set.

    (Also, I did NOT click “Delete Packages Once Installed” on the “Ready To Install” tab; this way, if something goes wrong with my plan, at least I can reinstall the assets from the downloaded files, saving the three day task of downloading them all again. The downside is content appears twice on my D: and takes up twice the space – once as the installer, once as the installed version. Maybe one day, if I find this system works even after reinstalling Windows or getting a new PC, I will then have the confidence to delete the downloaded installers and free up a lot of space – currently the installers alone take up 119GB).

    STEP 6: TEST CONTENT IN DAZ STUDIO

    Check the items show up fine and work in DS, showing up as Smart Content if applicable, that there are no problems that might require a refund.

    Note that in DIM the installation tab shows if a product has installed Metadata. If so, there will be a checkmark underneath the “Smart” column, letting you know it will show under “Smart Content” in DAZ Studio 4 and higher. Most items will have metadata, but some may not have user-facing files (e.g. morph sets may add new sliders to the figure without having any presets to click). Additonal parts of a file that is so big it is in more than one part may not show as having metadata either. If there are properly installed products which don't have the data to appear in database-driven views (Smart Content) but which do have user-facing files you should still be able to find them in the Content Library pane under daz Studio formats (or Poser formats) and then the content directory name. This often applies to older items.

    I have noticed one problem: some items I installed via DIM show up in DS, but are greyed out, as if they aren’t installed. I’m not sure what has happened there, or how to fix it. If I right click install within DS then it uses Daz Connect, so would download the item again (when it is already downloaded and stored on my D: by DIM), plus it would store it on the C: unless I change that path too. Using multiple install methods is perhaps asking for trouble, so I want to work out why DIM is not working for some items instead. Is this a known issue? Some of the items it applies to: Genesis 3 Starter Essentials; Rocker Outfit for Geneis 3 Females; Shadow Thief Outfit for Geneis 8 Females; Genesis 8 Starter Essentials; Nyala HD for Genesis 8 Female; Daz Studio Iray HDR Outdoor Environments; and others.

    STEP 7: REGULAR BACKUPS

    I do a full backup of my D: regularly. So this would now mean I am also backing up the downloaded asset zip files in one folder, the installed Daz assets in another (doubling the storage requirements but meaning I am covered for a few potential scenarios), and things like the cms, thumbnails, manifests, and my presets in other D: folders. I also save one caleld “previews” which lets me browse what I have bought – each product gets a folder within a structure that categorises it (people, hair, lighting, poses etc), with a link to the product page, a txt file with the full description, and all the preview images from the product page. This is really useful to store as products are sometimes withdrawn, and that information is no longer available – there are a few items where I can no longer get the preview images, which si a shame as they give ideas for how to use the content, or illustrate all the options. Ideally all that info would be available in a zip for everything you buy, which would save manually having to save every image via the browser.

    NB: do backups only when DS, DIM, and other applications using the cms are all closed and there are no PostgreSQL processes running.

    STEP 8: REINSTALLING WINDOWS / GETTING A NEW PC

    If I reinstall Windows, or get a new computer (where I'd copy my D: backup contents to the new PC's D:) I would perform steps 2-4 above, choosing the same paths (so they actually now point to installed content on the D:). That should mean DIM and DS see and use all my existing content, so it doesn’t need redownloading or reinstalling again, saving me days.

    Worst case scenario is that I reinstall Windows then all the Daz software, as above, but DIM and Daz Studio don't "see" the previously-installed Daz assets. In that case, as long as DIM can see the downloaded zip files, I can manually delete the installed assets from my D:, leaving that folder empty; then point DIM at my previous downloads and reinstall everything from the downloaded zip files. (Which at least saves downloading everything again.)

  • spaceydayz7 said:

    Hello!

    I recently installed Daz Studio 4.15 on a new computer (Asus Zenbook Flip 15 [i7, Win 10]). I can open the program, but after entering my email and password and pressing "connect," Daz Studio closes. There is no message given; it just closes.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Can anyone help to resolve this issue? I love using the program and really want it to work.

    Thanks.

    Sorry this was missed. The new version of Daz Studio (4.15.0.30) has a fix to address this issue with some newer Intel CPUs.

  • karl said:

    This may be useful for anyone else who wants to install Daz with assets on the D:; then, if they reinstall Windows or get a new PC and so do a fresh install of Daz Studio, Daz Studio will be able to find and use those installed assets exactly as before, so they don't have to download and install the assets all over again. Note this is just my procedure!

    As I said in reply to your other post, both Thumbnails and manifests are used by DIM not DS - thumbnails can be downloaded (and appear in tool tips if present) via the right-click menu on a package

  • HallsHalls Posts: 0

    Does Daz Central come without digital signature? I just downloaded and installed DazCentral from https://www.daz3d.com/get_studio and I see that installer has no digital signature certificate. Is it normal and safe?

  • sk.91.lenevo.vibe.k5 said:

    Does Daz Central come without digital signature? I just downloaded and installed DazCentral from https://www.daz3d.com/get_studio and I see that installer has no digital signature certificate. Is it normal and safe?

    It's a temporary situation, but yes it is safe if downloaded from the Daz site.

  • I appear to have a LOT of duplicate content on my drive and a LOT of content in Lost and Found.  As a long-term user of DAZ, I have a ton many GB of Daz content, from DIM and now in My DAZ Connect Library.

    How can this data be consolidated?

  • PerttiAPerttiA Posts: 9,105

    Camonra said:

    I appear to have a LOT of duplicate content on my drive and a LOT of content in Lost and Found.  As a long-term user of DAZ, I have a ton many GB of Daz content, from DIM and now in My DAZ Connect Library.

    How can this data be consolidated?

    It can't.

    One must choose the installation method and stick to it.

    If using DAZ Install Manager/DAZ Central/Manual installation, one should not log in to DS, as that enables DAZ Connect inside DS to update metadata for the content and quite often fools the users to install content the second time, which DAZ Connect does into completely different location, using twice the space and also overriding any and all other installation methods, even when DAZ Connect installed content suffers from decryption problems. 

  • HrtzHrtz Posts: 0

    Hi,

    I finally decided to update DAZ studio and this happened. I'm not a fan of disabling AV programs.

    Did anyone have a similar issue?

     

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  • TenTen71TenTen71 Posts: 67

    I don't think I've ever had such an alert from DAZ. The most I have to deal with is telling my security software to allow DS and DIM access to the internet.

  • HrtzHrtz Posts: 0

    Managed to install it today.

    I guess it was AVG causing problems... it was silent today.

  • I have a firewall and anti-virus problems, how do i get past that????

  • richard.perkins_caa1c5e6b1 said:

    I have a firewall and anti-virus problems, how do i get past that????

    What is the nature of the problem? What security software? What operating system? What are the hardware details, which may have some relevance.

  • postgreSQL cms connection could not be established, its due to the firewall or anti-virus(It could be they wasn't installed properly)

    Window anti-virus(They come with it)

    AMD A8-8600p Radeon R6 10 Compute Cores 4C+6G 160ghz

    8.00 installed ram

    64 bit

  • 8GB of RAM is very limiting, you might have trouble doing anything much regardless.

    If you are getting the Daz Studio pop-up about needing a PostgreSQL connection that is giving you possible causes, it doesn't mean it is a problem with the firewall/anti-virus. Are you sure PostgreSQL is installed?

  • esargeesarge Posts: 20

    How do you tell if PostgreSQL is installed?

  • esarge said:

    How do you tell if PostgreSQL is installed?

    How do you??????

  • Problem fixed, I had to uninstall daz and reinstall it, and the postgreSQL installed

  • FantasyFantasy Posts: 40

    Hi, I need a new computer, a desk top,

    what are the minimum requirements to run DAZ3D (4.20 Pro)? RAM, CPU and GPU? I don't need the fastest possible renders but affordable and decent performance.

    Yours L

     

     

     

  • PerttiAPerttiA Posts: 9,105

    A good start would be 32GB's of RAM and a RTX 3060 12GB, 500GB to 1TB SSD drive for the operating system and a 4TB external USB drive for the Content, the rest is up to personal preference and budget.

  • FantasyFantasy Posts: 40

    Thanks (I didn't know where to post my question).

  • Hello... i cant get the studio to install past 68%.. i left it to load overnight and still nothing. (My pc is 64bit btw.) Does anyone know what to do?

  • I keep getting this error everytime I try to load anything into a figure. Skin, eyes, hair, make up, clothing.... For instance Kanade for Genesis 8.0/8.1 figure loads. But nothing else does. Darn, I saved the screenshot using my pc and now I'm on my phone. I don't remember where it saved to.(a default place online). I'll have to try to find it tomorrow when I'm on my pc again. PS: in completely new at using Daz Studio.
  •  Genesis 9 Head Shapes Do Not Enable

    I am installing this, what does the Do Not Enable mean?

  • lenjen09_a04520c3aa said:

     Genesis 9 Head Shapes Do Not Enable

    I am installing this, what does the Do Not Enable mean?

    Did you purchase the hideously expensive merchant resource product? The wording appears on that, as a reminder to staff not to make the product visible in the store - it doesn't mean that the files should not be used.

  • richardandtracyrichardandtracy Posts: 4,929
    edited December 2022

    Just starting a new PC (Win11 Home) and am not able to install DS, not able to install DIM. Keep getting the message attached:

    Any ideas how to proceed?

    The .exe programs I have managed to install so far are:

    1. Acrobat reader
    2. Embarcadero C++ Builder
    3. Notepad++
    4. Materializer
    5. UV Mapper Classic
    6. Gimp
    7. 7Zip
    8. VLC Viewer
    9. Hexagon 2.5.2.109

    The ones that have failed with the same error are

    1. Daz Studio 4.21.0.5
    2. Install Manager 1.4.0.94
    3. BforArtists 3.340

    Not a lot linking the ones that failed to even start the install process that I can see.

    Edited to Add: I wonder if it has something to do with Windows Defender/Win11 Smart App Control "Enhanced Protection for Untrusted Apps". It's currently in 'Evaluation' mode and claims to need a re-install of Win11 if it has to be turned on after being turned off.

    Regards,

    Richard

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