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Desktop Registration and Installation

Posted: Feb 14, 2017

Registration | New Installation or Upgrade | Quarterly Database Updates


Please Read This Before You Register

You Must Register to Access:

  • the application software (Research Insight) and data (Compustat) that you will install on your desktop or laptop.

To Complete Your Registration:

  • You will need your RCS userid and password.
  • You will be required to read the S&P_COMPUSTAT License Agreement and agree to its terms and conditions.

Once You Have Registered:

You will receive an email confirmation that states that:

  • You have been granted a license for S&P_COMPUSTAT which is good until the date in the email.
  • After installation and configuration, you must connect to the internet from on campus before you run the software for the first time.
  • The required license file will be downloaded from Standard and Poor’s at that time.
  • A Rensselaer IP address is required to gain access to the license file.

You will be registered in a campus Compustat user group where you will receive news about:

  • quarterly data updates.
  • upcoming training.
  • other items related to Compustat and Research Insight.

Registration


New Installation or Upgrade - Please read carefully before continuing.

Compustat and Research Insight may only be installed on a Rensselaer desktop or laptop, and installation and access are limited to current Rensselaer faculty, staff, and students for academic use only.

New Installation or Software Upgrade

For a new installation or upgrade, you need to download 4 files: the application software (Research Insight) and two databases (Compustat-North American - 2 files and Compustat-Price History - 1 file.) Please note that the database files are large and require several minutes to download. Extracting the database files also takes several minutes to complete.

Go to: Research Insight Compustat Installation to view and/or make a copy of:

  • instructions for required installation details.
  • information on configuration of the software.

Next, save the following to a temporary folder or to your Desktop on your PC:



Updates

Quarterly Database Updates

The Compustat Database, Help and Company files are updated quarterly. Standard and Poor's recommends the complete replacement of these files each quarter. The Compustat database update requires 3 files.

Go to: Compustat Database Quarterly Update to view and/or make a copy of:

  • instructions for required installation details.

Next, save the following to a temporary folder or to your Desktop on your PC:

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