On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM, Pieter van Ede <pjede@...> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have tried to install MikTEX 2.8 a few times during the last half
> year, thinking that there was a bug in the installer. However, the
> problems remains and I'm wondering whether the problem could be on my
> end. I'm trying to install MikTEX 2.8 on my Windows XP x64 edition sp2
> machine, and this is the error report that I get (well the interesting
> MiKTeX Setup 2.8.3582 Report
> Date: Monday, February 01, 2010
> Time: 20:04:53
> OS version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
> (build 3790)
> SystemAdmin: yes
> PowerUser: false
> SharedSetup: yes
> Setup path: C:\Downloads\basic-miktex-2.8.3582.exe
> UserRoots: <none specified>
> UserData: <none specified>
> UserConfig: <none specified>
> CommonRoots: <none specified>
> CommonData: <none specified>
> CommonConfig: <none specified>
Probably not a widely used configuration, and also not one available
to the developers for testing, but there are many things you can try:
You may be encountering problems with remnants of previous installs of
some TeX distro. Carefull cleaning of the registry or a fresh install
of Windows might help.
MS Windows XPSP2 is nearing end-of-life, so upgrading might help.
Try portable MiKTeX 2.8. If that works then that narrows down the list of
potential sources of the problem.
Try TeX Live 2009, either the native Win32 version or the Cygwin version.
Install linux in a VM and run TeX there. This is particularly helpful
if your TeX usage depends on 3rd party programs (ghostscript, perl,
ruby, etc.). TeX development tends to be done on linux and only a
very few people are doing the ports to WIndows, so they can't test
every "use case".
George N. White III <aa056@...>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia