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When you install Enterprise Architect on your system, two items are created:

  • An Enterprise Architect icon on your Windows desktop
  • A new program folder called Enterprise Architect <version number> in your Windows 'Start > All Programs' menu; this folder contains the execution option 'Enterprise Architect'

You can start Enterprise Architect by clicking on either of these objects. After a short pause, the Start Page displays, from which you can:

  • Open a project file (.eap file, .eapx file or .feap file)
  • Create a new project (.eap file, .eapx file  or .feap file)
  • Connect to a DBMS repository (Corporate and extended editions)
  • Connect to a project via the Cloud (Corporate and extended editions)
  • Return directly to one of the projects you most recently opened
  • Open one of a number of Portals to a set of facilities that support an area of work in Enterprise Architect


  • If you changed the default system folder name during installation, the Enterprise Architect <version number> folder in the 'All Programs' menu will have the name you provided
  • By default, when you install Enterprise Architect, an empty 'starter' project called EABase.eap is installed, as well as an example project named EAExample.eap; we recommend that new users select the EAExample file and explore it in some detail while they become familiar with UML and software engineering using Enterprise Architect
  • Enterprise Architect .eap files default to use JET 3.5 as the database engine, which does not support unicode character sets
  • Jet 4.0 does support unicode character sets (for example, to provide user interface texts in languages other than your Windows-defined native language)
  • If you want to use unicode character sets, you must either upsize to a DBMS repository or set JET 4.0 as the database engine; resetting the database engine ensures compatibility with .eap files that support unicode character sets and that are in turn compatible with versions of MS Access later than Access 97
  • If your .eap project is not in a Jet 4.0 database, you should also download a copy of the Jet 4.0 EABase model from the Sparx Systems website, and do an EAP to EAP transfer of your model into the Jet 4.0 file
  • Enterprise Architect .eapx files default to use Jet 4.0 as the database engine

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