PD Howler 11.4 for Steam - Installation
This is the summary of steps to update
your PD Howler 11 to 11.4:
- Open 'Steam'
- Click 'Library', to find
your Software products, including PD Howler 11
- Right-Click 'PD Howler 11'
- Click 'Properties'
- Click the 'Local Files' tab
- Click 'Browse Local Files'
- Double Click 'Update' to open
that new subfolder
- Double Click 'Howler_11_4_RC131_SSE2_For_Steam.exe' to run and
complete the installer.
> IMPORTANT: Pay attention to
the exact path where you'll install it, especially if not
using the default location. See details below.
The update process from Steam doesn't
modify your current installation. It is still 11.0 (or
whatever you updated it to in the past, if you did, such as
11.2b). Steam merely adds an installer for the update, which
you must run manually in order to get it to replace existing
installed files with the new ones. At the end of the manual
installation, you also must allow it to run once. This is so
that it may register a few dependencies. Otherwise you'll get
the familiar error: "Unknown error; quitting"
If you look in the folder where your
current installation is located, you'll find a new sub-folder:
In most cases,
that's on C:\Program Files
Detailed steps to apply the update to
Start the Steam app.
Select LIBRARY, and find your available PD Howler
Right-click PD Howler 11, and select
Select the LOCAL FILES tab and
click BROWSE LOCAL FILES
This puts you into the folder on your PC
where PD Howler 11 was originally installed by you and where
Steam will have downloaded and placed a copy of the additional
You will notice a new subfolder: Update
Double-click it to open it:
For example, here we are in the default
Steam installation path:
C: > Program Files (x86) > Steam >
steamapps > common, and the PD_Howler_11
folder, and finally the Update subfolder:
The file in the Update folder is the
installer. It is a full installer that is meant to be
installed over the existing installation.
installer to open it and start the installation
Read and accept the end user license agreement:
Unlike with v11.3, you can now select the destination folder
for the installation. Soon you'll see the screen labeled Select
Note that the installer has already
chosen a default path. If that's where your installation of
v11 lives, don't change it, just click Next.
1. If your installation is at the default location:
leave it as is, no need to change it.
2. If your installation is at a different location
(different path or drive or both): You can enter the
right path right there in the text box. Or you can use the
Browse button to navigate to the folder. Be careful when using
the Browse button to navigate to the location. You must
manually indicate where your current installation lives.
However, pay attention to the fact that the installer will add
'PD_Howler_11' to the path you select. Look in the "Browse for
Folder" view that appears. Don't click all the way down to the
existing PD_Howler_11 path, just to its parent folder, because
it would add a second (repeated) subfolder of the same name.
It would not properly update your existing installation. What
you should do is click to the parent folder (e.g. 'common')
and see that it does add the PD_Howler_11 name to it at the
end. You can verify the complete path once you're ready to
Here's an example: If we have the current v11 installation on
E: drive in
\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\PD_Howler_11, click down
to the common folder which contains PD_Howler_11.
The interface will show the chosen complete path with the
Again - be sure to verify that the proper path is showing
before you continue. For example:
Then click Next to continue. You should see this
message at this point:
This confirms that you are replacing files in that existing
folder of the current installation prior to this update. Click
Yes to continue after verifying the path once more.
Select Start menu folder:
Click Next once more and you'll be ready to
This is your last chance to verify the
installation path. Click Install...
There will also be installation of MS Redistributable modules:
After installation - ready to launch.
As mentioned earlier, you must allow it to launch from the
installer once. This is
important in order for Howler to register its components. If
you don't, you will likely gt the "Unknown error; quitting"
You can see the version number in Help
> About Howler
This is code name: Pushy whales and snow cones
What if you can't launch it after
If you see the infamous error: Unexpected
error; quitting - such as this:
...then that's usually easy to fix. Run the dogwaffle.exe
program from the installation folder just once as
Administrator so that it can (re-)register its dependencies
properly. That's usually done at the end of installation if
the installer was allowed to elevate itself to admin level,
but Steam may have prevented it, or something like that. Also,
if you didn't launch Howler at the end of successful
installation, it would have missed the registration part.
There may be other reasons. Let's not focus explaining it.
Let's focus on fixing it and getting back to waffling and
howling. In most cases, this error is showing because
something wasn't completed as expected or something changed in
the registry. Running dogwaffle.exe once as Administrator
usually fixes it. Learn more here.
After you have updated the installation in this manner, you
can use Steam to launch it as usual, provided that it was put
in the proper folder where the prior version 11 already
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