Help Installing CEDAS – hardware key secured

Hardware Key Installation:

cedasinstallCEDAS is designed to run on a single client PC. The hardware security drivers and software must be installed on all PCs (client machines) where CEDAS will be run.

Important: CEDAS and security software only run on Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000 or XP. VISTA and WIN 7 & 10 users see notes at the end of this memo.

Important: USB key users onlyremove all USB keys before beginning the installation process; connect the USB key after the completion of the installation process.

Installation Process:

Insert the CEDAS CD into the drive; the installation package will load if Auto Insert Notification is enabled. If AutoRun does not launch, select Run from the Start Menu, and type in X:\Setup.exe where ‘X’ is the letter assigned to the CD ROM drive in your system. The following screen should appear:


Select “Install CEDAS” and the installation process will automatically install both CEDAS and the latest Sentinel System Drivers and Server Software. The first dialog box to appear is the Select Components box. Choose the appropriate Hardware Key installation. After CEDAS installation, a second wizard to install Sentinel Security Software will appear – simply follow the wizard instructions. See note below if installing on Windows 7 and 10.


Important: If Sentinel Security Software has previously been installed on your system, you should not re-install the software. Though unusual, a message might appear during the CEDAS installation requesting that you uninstall the Sentinel System Drivers before a successful installation of CEDAS can be accomplished. Normally you can do this by going to Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs to uninstall the drivers. When the drivers have been removed, you return to the CEDAS installation screen and reinstall CEDAS. This operation should not impact use of other Sentinel hardware keys on your system.

Important: If you are installing both the CEM and CEDAS, ONLY install the Sentinel software one time; cancel out of the Sentinel Wizard for the installation of the second CEM or CEDAS product.

Since CEDAS files are forced to be installed in file folder …\CEDAS40, it is recommended you uninstall any previous versions of CEDAS. Data used in previous versions will work with the current version of CEDAS.

There are three additional buttons on the CEDAS install screen.

  1. After installing CEDAS, there is a Network Monitoring Tool button on the install screen that runs a search code for your system. If this tool finds your hardware key, it confirms proper installation of the Sentinel Security Software. The hardware key we provide will not work over a LAN.
  2. If you encounter a problem during or after the installation with the Hardware Key not working properly on your system, there is a HELP button on the CEDAS Install screen for additional troubleshoot information.
  3. The Field Exchange Utility is used if we are required to remotely reprogram your Hardware Key. Instructions will be given at the time this activity is needed.

If you have any questions you may E-Mail for the quickest response.

Memorandum for users with Windows 7 or 10:

If you have Windows 7 or 10, you may need to update the driver to the latest version.
1. Unplug the USB key
2. Download the latest Sentinel driver (7.6.1) from
3. Plug in the key

Memorandum to all MS Vista and Windows 7 & 10 Users:

WinHlp32HELP files forM CEDAS and CEM

Microsoft no longer supports WinHlp32.exe in the newer operating systems. To be able to view HELP files on your computer you must go to to first validate your system and then download and install the necessary file to enable reading the *.HLP files that come with CEDAS and CEM. See the below JPEG for MS site information. Customers found there are two possible files to download. They could not determine which file to use – they initially picked the wrong file and our PC indicated it was incompatible. They downloaded the second file and successfully installed it. Help files in both CEDAS and CEM worked as expected. Call (682) 213-2378 if you need help.