Basics

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 or .FEAP file)
Create a new project (.EAP file or .FEAP file)
Connect to a DBMS repository (Corporate and extended editions)
Connect to a project via the Cloud
Open the Learning Center, to read quick introductions to performing a range of basic tasks
 

Notes

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 you 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
 
If you want to use unicode character sets (for example, to provide user interface texts in languages other than your Windows-defined native language), 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
 

Learn more

A Quick Start Tutorial, to begin a guided exploration of Enterprise Architect immediately
Common Tasks, to get an overview of the kind of work you might perform with Enterprise Architect
General Options, to set JET 4.0 as database engine
The Jet 4.0 EABase Model (Online Resource)