This document attempts to provide a brief description of batch files and executables installed in
the SPSS for Windows installation directory.
delbars.bat - This file will reset toolbars and status bars in SPSS.
dumb-off.bat - This file reverses the settings of dumb-on.bat, causing SPSS to perceive the
dumb-on.bat - This file is run for chart printing diagnostics. If a user is having printing problems,
s/he can run this file to make SPSS regard the printer as a very low level printer with a primitive
expoff.bat - This file will cause SPSS to NOT display an alert when your license is close to
generic.bat - This bat file is provided to allow users to customize SPSS font settings. Most of
these settings can also be set in the Options dialog box under the Edit menu, but Dialogfont can
only be set here. You may need to run this file if characters in your script do not appear correctly
in dialog boxes, the Data Editor, Syntax Windows, The Output Viewer Outline window, graphics,
or in pivot tables.
greek.bat – This file is similar to generic.bat, but has been customized for Greek SPSS for
hebrew.bat – This file is similar to generic.bat, but has been customized for Hebrew SPSS for
launchon.bat - This file will cause SPSS to again display the "launch" dialog when the product
newuser.bat - enters/registers the user in the Windows registry (inserts an SPSS branch under
the HKEY_CURRENT_USERS branch). This is used to configure a new user to use SPSS on an
objs-off.bat – This file turns off the Active-X functioning of SPSS objects. It undoes the work of
objs-on.bat. This toggling is needed because Microsoft has not worked out the bugs in
implementing Active-X. This file will cause SPSS to NOT add output OBJECTS to the clipboard,
when the user Cuts or Copies an object. SPSS defaults to NOT placing objects on the clipboard
because many applications do not support these (Active-X control) objects. Pasting or dropping
an Active-X object into a container that does not support them may cause instability. If you
decide to try using these objects in other applications, be certain to test their compatibility fully
before relying on them in your everyday work.
objs-on.bat - This file turns on the Active-X functioning of SPSS objects. It undoes the work of
objs-off.bat. This toggling is needed because Microsoft has not worked out the bugs in
implementing Active-X. This file will cause SPSS to add output OBJECTS to the clipboard, in
addition to the other formats it places there when the user Cuts or Copies an output. SPSS
defaults to NOT placing objects on the clipboard, because many applications do not support
these (Active-X control) objects. Pasting or dropping an Active-X object into a container that does
not support them may cause instability. If you decide to try using these objects in other
applications, be certain to test their compatibility fully before relying on them in your everyday
pmalert.bat - This file will cause SPSS to again prompt when opening large pivot tables or text
prtfast.bat - This file will cause SPSS interactive graphics (IGraphs) to print with a buffer size
that is large in size and may result in the best print performance for PCs plenty of RAM and virtual
memory. If your printed charts have missing white stripes, try prtnorm.bat or prtslow.bat that are
slower, but work better for low-memory machines or printers.
prtnorm.bat - This file will cause SPSS interactive graphics (IGraphs) to print with a buffer size
that is of moderate size and will work with most modern printers. For faster printing, try
prtfast.bat. If your printed charts have missing white stripes, try prtslow.bat that is faster, but uses
a smaller print buffer size.
prtslow.bat - This file will cause SPSS interactive graphics (IGraphs) to print with a buffer size
that is slow, but will work with all printers. For faster printing, try prtnorm.bat or prtfast.bat.
regpurge.bat - completely removes SPSS from the Windows registry.
rereg.bat – re-registers the current version of SPSS in the Windows registry. You must be in the
directory where rereg.bat resides, and it will register the version of SPSS in that directory.
rereg61.bat – if SPSS 6.1.x is installed, this makes 6.1.x the primary SPSS version on the
machine (rather than the current version).
rereg70.bat – if SPSS 7.0.x is installed, this makes 7.0.x the primary SPSS version on the
machine (rather than the current version).
wmf-off.bat - This file will cause SPSS to print charts normally. It undoes the work of wmf-on.bat.
wmf-on.bat - This file will cause SPSS to print charts differently than usual. In order to
circumvent bugs in many printer drivers, we'll print Windows metafiles directly.
50comupd.exe - Common Control Library Patch (Multi-lingual-version). For Windows®
95, 98, NT 4.0.
ACTIVATOR.EXE – License Authorization Wizard used to license SPSS products.
ainst.exe – Client Activator (License Authorization Wizard) Installer.
AUNINST.EXE – Client Activator (Licence Authorization Wizard) Uninstaller.
defrag.exe – This utility is used to defragment .SPO files that may collect unused data after
dregedit.exe - an MS/DOS program that selectively alters the contents of the Windows registry.
It uses dregedit.dat, or specialized arguments and switches to add or alter SPSS keys in the
echoid.exe – Displays the Sentinel License Manager Host Locking Code.
fileinfo.exe – Displays version information for files.
geodictionarymanager40.exe – A graphical application that is used to register and unregister
data files for use with the Maps option in SPSS..
geosetmanager40.exe – A graphical application that is used to build geosets for use with the
Maps option in SPSS.
licrenew.exe - This is the utility to update the license codes. It prompts the user for a license
lslic.exe – Sentinel License Manager License Addition/Deletion Utility.
lswhere.exe - Sentinel License Manager Search Tool For License Servers.
openspss.exe – A Visual Basic application that uses OLE automation to open SPSS dialogs
from the statistics coach.
ProductRegistration.exe – Launches a browser to register on the SPSS Web site.
regdump.exe – This dumps the SPSS-key contents of the Windows registry to an MS/DOS
regsvr32.exe - An MS-DOS executable used to register libraries.
runsyntx.exe – A mechanism used to open SPSS and run syntax files, primarily used in
Windows when the Run option is selected when right clicking on .SPS files. This executable
should not be used to automate jobs – this is the primary purpose of the SPSS Production Facility
showlic.exe – Displays license information.
spssdbca.exe – The SPSS Database Access Manager is a graphical application used to simplify
large or confusing data sources for use with the Database Wizard. It allows users and
administrators to customize their data source.
spssprod.exe - The Production Facility provides the ability to run the program in an automated
fashion. The program runs unattended and terminates after executing the last command, so you
can perform other tasks while it runs. Production mode is useful if you often run the same set of
time-consuming analyses, such as weekly reports.
spssrtf.exe – A mechanism that is required by the Viewer.
spsswin.exe - This is the executable that runs the SPSS front-end GUI (graphical user interface).
syntaxconverter.exe – A utility to convert TABLES syntax to CTABLES syntax.
testload.exe – A utility used to test the loading of libraries.
virtualr.exe – Prompts the user to set the number of virtual rows in the Data Editor. This is
useful when opening huge data sets when one doesn’t want to allocate memory for all of the
cases in the Data Editor. The README contains more information on this matter.
wregedit.exe - A windows version of dregedit.exe.
dregedit.dat - Contains a list of commands used to populate the Windows registry with SPSS
entries. Used by dregedit.exe and wregedit.exe.
echoid.dat – A configuration file required by echoid.exe.
SPSSClientSetup.log - This is a plain text record of SPSS’s installation on the machine. If
something went wrong, it might be useful to inspect this file. It is created in the temp directory
defined by the %TEMP% environment variable.
spss.tpl - This file contains SPSS data templates.
70.dat, 61.dat - These are the input files required by rereg75.bat, rereg70.bat and rereg61.bat,
respectively, in order to register their versions (7.5.x, 7.0.x or 6.1.x) as the primary version of
SPSS in the Windows Registry. Note that they must also be copied into their respective
directories. These files are similar to dregedit.dat.
SOME FILE EXTENSIONS:
.386 - device driver for Windows 3.1
.acd - allClear v4 diagram file
.acl - allClear v3 script or format file
.agt - Neural Network production mode command files
.amd - Amos Text input file
.ami - Amos Text input file (the default)
.amj - Amos Graph output read by Amos Text
.amo - Amos Text output file
.amp - Amos Text output read by Amos Graphics
.amw - Amos Graphics System (data) file
.atp - AnswerTree output project file (contains tree)
.ats - AnswerTree production mode command file
.avf - Clear View, or allClear v3 & v4 file
.bak - backup file
.bat - batch file
.bin - binary files
.bmp - Window bit map
.btr - Btrieve file
.cht - SPSS 6.1 chart file
.clo - SPSS chart look
.com - command file, runs on its own
- SYSTAT v5 command file
.cpl - Control Panel entry
.csaplan - Complex Samples sampling plan file
.csplan - Complex Samples analysis plan file
.dat - any sort of data file, too generic
.dll - binary executable file, but cannot run on its own
.doc - MSWord document
.drv - driver
.eps - encapsulated PostScript
.err - error file
.exe - binary executable file, runs on its own
.fon - font (printer) file
.fot - font (terminal) file
.gif - type of image file
.grp - group file (Windows 3.1)
.hlp - help file
.hmt - NetScape Markup
.html - hypertext markup language, www language
.ico - icon file
.inc - SPSS production file, or include file
.inf - Windows information file
.ini - initialization file (Windows 3.1 applications)
.ins - internet signup
.isp - internet signup
.jpeg - an image file
.jpg - an image file
.kyb - keyboard mapping file
.lnk - link files, desktop shortcuts to the executables
.lst - SPSS 6.1 output
.mpeg - video file
.mak - for compiling, C
.mda, mdb - MSACCESS
.mml - Model Markup Language file
.mnu - menu file
.mov - Quicktime movie
.movie - video movie
.mp2 - movie
.mpg - video movie
.mpeg - video
.msg - message
.msn - MS Network document
.nna - Neural Network v1 data file
.nni - Neural Network v2 files, directions on how to run
.nnt - Neural Network v1 files, directions on how to run
.ocx - OLE custom control file
.pcx - Paint picture file
.pdf - Acrobat document file
.pif - program information file (MS/DOS within Windows)
.pix - picture file
.por - SPSS portable file
.ppt - PowerPoint file
.prj - project file
.ps - PostScript file
.qry - MSQuery file
.qt - QuickTime file
.ra - RealAudio file
.ram - RealAudio file
.reg - Windows Registry backup file
.rtf - rich text format file
.sav - SPSS for Windows data file
.sbs - SPSS SaxBasic script file
.scr - screen saver file
.sgt - SPSS chart template
.shb - document shortcut
.shp - allClear user-defined shape file
.spc - QIAnalyst file
.spd - SPSS syntax guides
.spo - SPSS for windows output
.spp - SPSS for windows production mode output
.sps - SPSS syntax files
.srv - TextSmart survey (system, data) file
.ssd - SAS data file
.sty - allClear v3 style sheet
.syc - SYSTAT v6, v7, & v8 command files
.syd - SYSTAT v6, v7, & v8 data files
.syg - SYSTAT v5, v6, & v7 graph files
.sys - some Windows system files
- SPSS MS/DOS data files
- SYSTAT v5 data files
.tif - an image file
.tiff - an image file
.tlo - SPSS table look
.ttf - TrueType font
.txt - default plain text
- default input for TextSmart, Business Objects
.url - internet shortcut, URL address
.vts - TrialRun first impression data matrix
.vxd - Windows virtual device driver
.wav - audio wave file
.wb2 - QuattroPro file
.wk* - Lotus files
.wmf - Windows metafile (graphics)
- SYSTAT v8 graph file
.wpd - WordPerfect files
.wpg - WordPerfect Draw files
.wri - Notepad files
.xbm - Netscape Markup files
.xl* - Excel file
.xml - XML file
.zip - zipped file