(edited 1/31/12)**A** The easiest way to install Visual Pinball AND VisualPinmame is to download and install the file Visual Install Pack which is listed on the Downloads page, you can then skip to **3**.
**1** Click downloads and download the latest visual pinball zip. Unzip it and install into your visual pinball directory. run setup. DO THIS NOW!
**2** Click downloads and download the latest visual pinmame. Make sure to unzip it into the SAME DIRECTORY as you unzipped visual pinball. run setup in that same directory and use the DEFAULT directories as your setup. DO THIS NOW!
**3** download pre 1980s pinballs from http://irpinball.org Click Downloads. there are thousands of tables there in various sub sections based on time period or irpinball team creations. When you d/l these zips....unzip them into your visual pinball Tables directory.
**4** for post 1977 tables that need roms too...go to Pinball Nirvana for tables and roms (roms can also be found at the Internet Pinball Database) and unzip the tables the same way you would in step 3, but download and DO NOT-NOT-NOT UNZIP THE ROMS. Put the zipped roms your visual pinball/roms directory.
**5** TO PLAY A GAME...double click on visual pinball.exe in your visual pinball..go to FILE..then OPEN and select a table (example...Hayburners I (Williams 1950).vpt) then it will load up...usually you put in 5 for a coin.. 1 for a credit...to start a table..sometimes you need to press S,C,A or L on your keyboard(A and L are sometimes found in 40s, 50s, and 60s Tables)...read the readmes that come in the zips.....for williams roms for late 80s and 90s games...hit F3 to reload the Table, 8 to lower the sound and 9 to make it louder. to exit the game..hit escape and escape and file quit... use Open to play other tables and so forth..
Get help or talk about the game at Pinball Nirvana Forums you can post messages there and ask questions and tons of people chat about this program there, enjoy the thousands of tables from 1940-2001 you can play now plus you can find links to original tables!