Download the Windows version of PostgreSQL 8.2.6 here. As of this writing, version was v8.2.6 is the latest official version. You can also check for newer versions directly on the PostgreSQL web site if you would like to.
Download the file linked above to a folder on your hard drive.
Extract all of the files from the zip file you downloaded to a folder on your hard drive. You must extract all of the files from the ZIP file into a folder or you will get errors if you try to run the installer.
Double-click on the file "postgresql-8.2.msi" to begin the install.
If you get this error message when you do this...
This installation package could not be opened. Verify that the package exists and that you can access it, or contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer Package.
Then you have not extracted the files from the ZIP file as detailed in the step above and you will need to do this first.
The basic setup is all that is needed to run PostgreSQL with Poker Tracker.
Please follow the steps below and do not deviate from them unless you know what you are doing.
The first window to open will look something like this window to the left.
Select English/English at the language and click the Start > button.
On this window, click the Next button, leave everything as it is defaulted.
Enter a password to use here. You can use something simple. It may tell you the password appears to be weak and ask if you want to have one generated for you. DO NOT USE THE OPTION TO HAVE THE PASSWORD GENERATED FOR YOU. Just allow it to use the simple password you have entered.
Leave everything as defaulted again and enter another password where required. This password can be the same as the previous password if you want to make it simple.
Please Note: make sure you write this password down. This will be the value you need to enter on the Utilities > PostgreSQL Settings window in Poker Tracker after you install PostgreSQL (along with user name which will be "postgres").
Click the Next button, leave everything as defaulted.
Click Next again and the install will begin.
Once the install is done, you can convert your Access database(s) to PostgreSQL.
Open the Utilities > Convert Database window in Poker Tracker and click the help link at the top right corner of that window for details on how to complete the process.