[protext] Installing TeX

rade dimitric rdimitric at juno.com
Thu Jan 29 00:15:54 CET 2009

Dear Thomas,
Thank you for your response. I followed the instructions at the two web
places you found (change the mydocuments file characteristics by
unsetting "read only feature" without success, for I get exactly the same
message when I do try to install TeXnicCenter (MikTex seems to install
all the files from the CD, but to make it running it seems TexnicCenter
is needed which does not install (only its help file installs and the
message is the same: "Internal error:  failed to expand shell folder
constant 'userdocs' "

I do not know why this still persists. It may be that the settings for
"mydocuments" folder are fixed at some lower lever that I do not know how
to control. Namely when I unset the "read only" feature for the folder
(by the way I use Windows XP), it seems unset when I do "apply" and
"O.K." however when I open the folder settings afterwards it seems to be
in the "shaded" state it was in before (The read only rubric seems to
have 3 states: checked, unchecked and gray or shaded checked.. The latter
seems to be the default state that I uncheck to blank, but, as I said, it
subsequently return to the shaded checked state, when I revisit the
folder...  Frustrating!


On Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:57:29 +0100 Thomas Feuerstack
<Thomas.Feuerstack at FernUni-Hagen.de> writes:
> Hi Rad,
> rade dimitric schrieb:
> > I picked up the TUG CD at the last AMS/MAA meeting but installing 
> is not
> > (fully) working. All the files are loaded for MikTeX, the ghost 
> and
> > postcript viewers, the only problem is that I do not get the 
> shortcuts
> > either on the desktop or in the list of installed programs/files. 
> Thus,
> > when I run installation of TeXnicCenter for instance, when the 
> program
> > gets to "creating shortcuts" it gives me a message: "Internal 
> error:
> > failed to expand shell folder constant 'userdocs' "  This happens 
> with
> > installation of all MikTex, and the viewer programs, although I 
> can
> > manually create shortcuts for the viewers which seem to be 
> working.
> > 
> > I have a new laptop, plenty of hard disk space, 2Ghz, and 2gig 
> RAM, XP as
> > operating system. Could this have something to do with windows 
> not
> > letting the "intruders" in , or what is it?
> > I had no problem installing old MikTex on another computer, when 
> it was
> > done more manually.
> > Somebody can enlighten me?
> i can't believe that the problem is caused by the way MiKTeX (and 
> the 
> rest of the programs) is installed, which means you can also install 
> it 
> manually by invoking the setup-routine directly in 
> yourCDdrive\MiKTeX\setup and act like you did before.
> Nevertheless i feeded your error message into Google and found the 
> following notes which might solve your problem:
> http://www.passmark.com/forum/showthread.php?t=932
> http://www.genie-soft.com/asp/Community/KnowledgeArticle.asp?KBID=141
> Give it a try and perhaps send a response to me, if it works.
> Regards - Thomas
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