[tex-live] Windows XP X64 uninstall goes badly, more info.

Beuthe, Thomas beuthet at aecl.ca
Thu Aug 12 02:17:59 CEST 2010


I have now tried the install/uninstall of TeXLive 2009 on
four different systems, several times in some cases.
1 - Windows XP Laptop corporate image
2 - Windows XP Dell Laptop
3 - Windows XP X64
4 - Windows 7 (64 bit version)
On systems 1 and 4, the install and uninstall worked perfectly.
On systems 2 and 3, the install did not set the path properly,
and the uninstall did not remove the executable files, as explained previously.
At first I thought the non-removal of files might stem from the
fact that the system was running a Windows XP X64 operating system,
but when the procedure went perfectly on the 64-bit Windows 7 system,
that blew that hypothesis out the window.  On the other hand the
32 bit XP (1) system had worked perfectly, so I thought perhaps
that all XP systems would work well.  The test on system 2 proceeded to
destroy that idea.
The only other clue I have is a small thing that happens during install.
On the systems where the install/uninstall proceeded perfectly, the
third install screen entitled "The screen allows you to configure some options"
offered three options:
1) Use letter size instead of A4 by default
2) Add shortcuts to the menu and desktop
3) Installation for all users.
On the systems were things messed up, the third option was missing.
Is this perhaps a hint as to why the install/uninstall didn't work properly?
Does this hint prompt any ideas?
I'm at a loss, and just about out of time and patience. :-)


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