[tex-live] On Windows, install TL for all users by default

Denis Bitouzé dbitouze at wanadoo.fr
Tue Jan 28 14:46:36 CET 2014

Le mardi 28/01/14 à 13h17,
Siep Kroonenberg <siepo at cybercomm.nl> a écrit :

> On Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 08:16:45AM +0100, Denis Bitouzé wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > on Windows, when installing with administrator rights (and with
> > both the default and advanced installers), TL 2013 is not installed
> > for all users. AFAICS, this is not the case for usual programs (I
> > just tested it with Mozilla, VLC, TeXstudio).
> If you run the advanced installer without admin privileges, you get
> a popup telling you that you cannot install for all users unless you
> install as administrator.

> Note that even if you are logged in as administrator under Vista and
> later, you still need to explicitly run the installer as
> administrator.

> The simple installer does indeed always install for the current
> user.

That's what I'm suggesting to change :)
> With a single-user install, users have all the permissions they
> might want when they run TeX Live Manager later on. And most pcs are
> in practice single-user pcs anyway.

I stumbled upon this trouble with two students, two sisters, who shared
the same computer: during the LaTeX session, one of them installed TL as
administrator and later, at home, her sister was very surprised to be
able to open TeXstudio, but unable to compile any .tex file.
AFAIK, it would be harmless to make, on Windows, TL install by default
for all users.

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